“Explore The Spectrum” with Kathy Haugen from Autism Treatment Center

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Kathy Haugen
Education Coordinator at Autism Treatment Center
Website Address: atcoftexas.org

Each week on Explore the Spectrum, our host Jeanetta Bryant discusses the latest news and developments related to autism, as well as providing expert insights and advice to our audience. Be ready for anything by listening to what these insiders have to say. This week, Jeanetta speaks with Kathy Haugen from the Autism Treatment Center.

To learn more, visit atcoftexas.org


Short company description:

Serving people with autism in a non-public day school, related services, adult services and residential homes.

What Is Your Why (Why Are You In Business)?

My favorite sister had a developmental disability leading me to the field of special education. I felt at home working with kids with autism because they were like my sister. She was later diagnosed with autism. I have experienced the growth of knowledge in autism in my 40 plus years in the field & continue to learn more everyday.

How did you get started in your field or work?

I wanted to be a teacher since 1st grade. My sister’s diagnosis led me to special education- when there were very few services available.

What’s one thing we should know that makes your company unique?

The Autism Treatment Center of Dallas has served individuals on the spectrum since 1976. This a private non-profit organization providing services 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

What are your biggest goals in the next 6 to 12 Months for your business?

Continue to improve education services using evidence based practices.

Who do you know that is impacted by Autism and how has that impacted you?

My sister, Sharon, has been my lifelong inspiration. I strive to serve each of our students as I wanted my sister to be served.