The Spark Center for Autism is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities by providing early intervention based on evidence-based principles, utilizing a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach, including applied behavior analysis, speech and language pathology, and occupational therapy.
At the Spark Center, our primary goal is to increase functional skills and decrease behaviors that negatively impact daily living. We believe that the best outcomes are achieved by tailoring interventions to the individual based on their specific needs. We believe in working with families to share and teach these principles in order to help enhance the lives of the children and their families.
At the Spark Center, we believe we have a responsibility to uphold best practice which means only using interventions that are validated in current research.
The Spark Center values and is deeply committed to promoting and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome, embrace, and respect diversity of people, identities, and cultures. It is our commitment to provide an equal opportunity in recruitment and employment, as well as to providing services to all individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and identity, national origin, age, military or veteran status, ability, or any other legally protected status; and without discrimination based on socioeconomic, marital, parental or caregiving status, or any of the previously listed characteristics or statuses.
At the Spark Center, we believe we are greater when we are equal. While there is much to be done with regards to equity and inclusion, we are committed to working together to create impactful and meaningful change, and to push for a workplace that is unconditionally inclusive, while providing opportunity for differing perspectives, ideas, and experiences.
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“We had the very best experience at Spark! Our son made wonderful progress while he was there, and he loved going every day. Everybody there is professional, warm and caring. We miss everyone and judge every place we look at based on our experiences there. The only reason we left is due to an out of state move, but if an office opens up in Tampa, we’ll be the first to sign up!”
“(My child) started ABA therapy 1 month before his fourth birthday so I was really worried that he wouldn’t have much improvement. When he started he had very few words and didn’t use them often, he could go a whole day without use of any words. His receptive language was very poor. And I couldn’t get him to sit and do any work. In the beginning I didn’t see much progress and I was starting to worry and wonder if I was making the right decision. But at about 6 months in he started imitating. And soon after that I (could) get him to look at me even though he didn’t exactly know what was expected, he still (tried) to look for cues. Today he uses many words, he labels and follows some commands. He can feed himself and can sit at a table and work on a 24-piece puzzle. I loved taking him to Spark Center, they were all very professional, knowledgeable and resourceful. The staff was energetic and caring, you could tell they all loved what they did. The facility is clean and organized and safe. The BCBAs that are there are amazing, they are hands (on), are there on most days to report to parents and answer any questions. I also enjoyed the monthly parent meetings that were held. The meetings provided parents with good useful information. (My child) who is very attached to me would run in and when I lingered a little too long he would come up to me and say bye and sometimes would escort me to the door. Everyday that I picked him up I received updates along with the daily (note). I have recommended Spark to anyone that was interested in ABA for (their) child.”
"We can not say enough good things about The Spark Center. Our daughter attended Spark for 2.5 years and we saw continuous progress from the very first week. They addressed any questions or concerns we ever had with the utmost professionalism and respect to us and to her. Our daughter is now doing well in a mainstream classroom. We are so thankful for our daughter’s time at Spark, we honestly do not know where our family would be today without their services. Our daughter’s Autism diagnosis led to a lot of questions and unknowns about her future, The Spark Center helped us answer those questions and realize a wonderful future for our girl. We recommend them highly to anyone looking for a high quality and caring ABA provider for their child.”