“It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village,” Coach Elaine Hall

About Us

The first Spectrum House was opened in 2010 by Laura O’Brien, Florida certified special educator and mother of three boys on the autism spectrum and one with cerebral palsy. Seeing that distinct services provided by well trained, highly qualified professionals, were often difficult to find in the Florida Panhandle area, Mrs. O'Brien made it her mission to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and gather a team of compassionate individuals that can make autism and developmental disabilities not just their job, but their life’s joy and mission. Our professionals are unique in that they do not just have a vast clinical knowledge of your family’s situation, but many of our staff and clinicians have children, siblings, and loved ones that have developmental disabilities that go through similar obstacles to overcome adversity. When we work with your child, we share the same passion for them as we do our own children, which makes our program the only one of its kind.

Our Mission

Spectrum House’s mission is to provide children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) the most evidence-based treatment through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Our goal is to enable children with ASD to reach their highest potential in a setting where they feel valued for who they are, safe in their surroundings, and confident in their attempts to excel.

Our Approach

Spectrum House provides comprehensive behavioral and educational services to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other related disabilities. Spectrum House professionals use research-based techniques to assist each child in developing their fullest potential while maximizing opportunities to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

Our Core Beliefs

Spectrum House professionals believe that the best long-term outcomes for children with autism are achieved when treating the “whole” child; therefore, we embrace a “holistic” approach to serving children. Spectrum House professionals also believe that scientifically validated techniques derived from the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), in addition to “best practices” from the field of special education are critical in remediation of deficits in all relevant domains of functioning, including: communication, language, social skills, life skills, fine and gross motor skills, self-help skills, play skills and academics.

While it is imperative that children with autism receive sound, effective, research-based, individualized programming from trained professionals, Spectrum House recognizes that parents are central to the learning process, and ultimately to the child’s success. Spectrum House will maintain an open-door policy with each child’s family at all times, and always welcomes parent input and value