The History of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism
One Mother Leading the Way for Autism Treatment in Indiana
In 1995, Sherry Quinn’s life was changed forever when her 2-year-old son Michael was diagnosed with Autism. At the time, Autism was a very rare diagnosis. In fact, Michael was the first child in his school district with this diagnosis.
After extensive research, she was drawn to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, because it offered evidence-based treatment.
In the midst of the emotional roller coaster that comes with the diagnosis, Sherry began her search for the best possible treatment for her son. After extensive research, she was drawn to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, because it offered evidence-based treatment. Unfortunately, there were no therapy centers practicing ABA therapy in the state of Indiana at the time.
Sherry set out to change that. Sherry began consulting in 1995, and then began to offer swimming and a summer clinic in 1997. Sherry joined other parents and successfully lobbied for the passage of the Indiana Autism Mandate, enacted in 2001.
The Applied Behavior Center for Autism opened its first year-round facility in 2004. Since then, The Applied Behavior Center for Autism has opened seven different clinics throughout the state making it the largest ABA provider in Indiana.
Sherry speaks with a local news station about the dangers of fake cures for autism and the struggles that parents of children with autism, including herself, go through.