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Although we treat clients across Maryland, we’re also part of LEARN Behavioral, a progressive and collaborative national organization made up of leading providers in autism treatment—all dedicated to finding success for every child in our care.
Our national team of clinicians, led by Hanna Rue, PhD, BCBA-D, supports more than 5,000 children across 15 states and includes:
Equipped with the latest research, the most extensive support and professional development, and one of the largest and most diverse behavioral health data sets in the country, our local team at Trellis—and our national team at LEARN—are a group of passionate, talented professionals committed to making a difference in the lives of children with autism.
Always remain client-centered.
A healthy obsession with client progress is respected and valued. Stay flexible in your approach and meet clients where they are. That’s always our first, second, and final priority.
Take pride in your competence.
Achieving success is why you’re here. Always strive for that excellence in the services you provide. We want you (and LEARN) to be the best.
Expanding knowledge and sharing with others ignites the intellectual curiosity that’s so important to the professional growth of our team.
Act with integrity.
No excuses on this one. Always do what’s right. Ethical practice is core to our DNA.
Working well with caregivers, colleagues, and others can only make your job and the outcome better. Collaboration and family engagement are key to achieving success for our clients.
“Rewarding, inclusive, growth-oriented, and top-notch—these words sum up my experience at Trellis. I love watching our learners progress and become more successful in their everyday environments, at the same time I love the ongoing professional development opportunities I get from working at Trellis. Like my clients, I never stop learning.”
-Anne, Clinical Director
“Trellis not only values the growth and learning of every client but also every team member. Working here makes me feel like part of a larger mission to do something good for our children and families—and for myself as a valued member of an organization dedicated to clinical excellence.”
– Nicole, Managing Behavior Analyst
In 2019 alone, our clinical staff at Trellis and LEARN took part in 16,200 hours of workshops, clinical rounds, and training. But we don’t only participate. Many of us spearhead presentations and trainings, speak at conferences, lead research initiatives, publish in top journals—and help shape the future of autism treatment.
In addition to a competitive salary, Trellis offers the following benefits:
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
Our passionate and talented team shares a common interest: to help your child make progress every day.
Contemporary applied behavior analysis (ABA) is at the core of everything we do. We offer a full suite of personalized ABA services, ranging from assessment and diagnostics to home-, community-, and center-based intervention programs designed exclusively for your child and family. Our services include:
We work with your child 1:1 in your home for a prescribed number of hours a week. Targeting goals specified in your child’s personalized plan, we integrate ABA treatment into your typical family routine. Home sessions are naturalistic and can focus on several skills sets, like social, communication, and play, or target a specific skill like toilet training or grooming.
Our Learning Centers offer ABA services delivered 1:1 with a trained behavior interventionist at least 25 hours a week. Located in Sparks, Columbia, and Perry Hall, our state-of-the-art Learning Centers feature classrooms, a sensory gym, and thousands of square feet of a natural learning environment. Here, your child can gain the experience of a classroom-like setting, while benefitting from our unique play-based learning spaces.
Our ABA services can take place in your family’s community and include trips to the park, grocery store, or anywhere else life takes you. The goal, here, is to work toward your child’s treatment goals in and around your own community.
Early intervention is the key to building a foundation for positive long-term outcomes and a better understanding of a child’s unique approach to learning. Our early intervention program provides 1:1 services to children between the ages of 18 months and five years. Using the Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB) methodology, we work with your child to build foundational communication skills through child-led, teacher-directed, play-based, and social activities aligned with your personalized treatment plan.
Also part of a multidisciplinary approach, our speech and language therapy uses an ABA approach to help your child develop as a communicator. In 1:1 or group sessions, offered to children undergoing ABA therapy in our Sparks and Perry Hall Learning Centers, we work on such skills as articulation, phonology, apraxia, fluency, and receptive and expressive language.
teleABA offers your family an effective alternative to in-person services by providing ABA therapy via your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Through a secure and easy-to-set-up virtual meeting, your BCBA can deliver direct therapy and parent consultation remotely, helping your child learn new skills, avoid regression, and continue to make great strides. Learn more about teleABA.
Evaluations and Diagnostics
We specialize in the assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the administration of several standardized assessment measures, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2), the gold standard for ASD diagnosis. If you suspect your child has ASD, our licensed psychologist can provide comprehensive diagnostic evaluations. Watch our video, “Walking You Through the Diagnostic Path from Beginning to End.”
The Trellis School
Located in Sparks, Maryland, the Trellis School is a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved and Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF)-affiliated, non-public preschool, elementary, middle, and high school for children in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. Using the principles of ABA, we build strong foundational communication, learner readiness, and academic, social, and play skills in learners with autism and other language-related disorders. Learn more about the Trellis School.
Caring for a child with autism can challenge and, at times, overwhelm, a family. The Maryland Autism Waiver provides invaluable support for families affected by autism.
The Maryland State Autism Waiver is a state- and federally-funded program that provides home-and community-based instructional services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The waiver was designed to help keep your child safe at home and in their community, improve the lives of your family members, and provide quality services that enable your child to develop independence, build skills, and reduce negative behaviors.
“Nothing brings me more joy than seeing children make progress and grow in confidence. In addition, I love the science and evidence-based decision making involved in what I do and have no doubt I’m in the right field, at the right place.”
A board certified behavior analyst and licensed behavior analyst in the state of Maryland, Lauren Bender serves as the assistant clinical director at Trellis’ Columbia location. Prior to joining Trellis, Lauren was a special education teacher and curriculum, instruction and assessment coordinator in the Kennedy Krieger Schools’ Fairmount and L.E.A.P. programs. She earned a master’s of science degree in severe disabilities, with an additional Graduate Certificate in Teaching Students with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, from Johns Hopkins University, in addition to a Graduate Certificate in ABA from the Florida Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the Maryland Association of Behavior Analysts.
Established in 2001 by Dr. Kathy Niager, Trellis is a unique agency that uses progressive educational and behavioral models to teach children with autism and related disorders that learning can be a fun, playful, and interactive experience. Our team specializes in the science-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), using data and evidence to delivery highly personalized treatment for every child in our care. Over the last two decades, our passionate staff and thoughtful programming have helped more than 1,000 families in Maryland.
Trellis is part of LEARN Behavioral, a national organization nurturing the unique potential of children with autism – and supporting families from day one. We consider you, as parents and caregivers, your child’s first and most important teacher, and we partner with you to create and environment in which you and your child can thrive.