Holy Angels Autism Center

Holy Angels, with more than 50 years of experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, opened the Holy Angels Autism Center in 2017, which directly serves people ranging from 2 to 21 years in age.

The Resources to Help

  • The Autism Center will help assess specific needs and help families find appropriate services. Holy Angels will evaluate the whole health of those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with the goal of helping the individual and their entire family develop a roadmap for specific treatment and education plans. This roadmap will lead the way for the person with autism to reach their highest, happiest potential.

  • Holy Angels uses the “Descriptive Triangle of Autism Spectrum Disorders” to find the areas of need that the roadmap will focus on depending upon the severity in each person.
  • The “Descriptive Triangle of Autism Spectrum Disorders” includes
    1. Language and Communication
    2. Behavior Reduction
    3. Social Relationships and Emotional Responses.
  • Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the Autism Center will focus on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to provide treatment and support. ABA has been widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health.

Our Experts

  • Mary O’Neal serves as Director and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) There are approximately 20 BCBAs in North Louisiana.
  • Dr. Patterson, Psychiatrist
  • Scott Lepley, Masters in Psychology, BCBA 
  • 6 Nationally Certified Registered Behavior Technicians

Next Steps

  1. Diagnosis of Autism by a physician or psychiatrist
  2. Receive a prescription for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  3. Get a psychological assessment
  4. Contact Mary O’Neal, 318.629.1732, at Holy Angels Autism Center

1 in 68 children are being diagnosed with autism. This prevalence of autism has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, according to The Center for Disease Control in 2014. Experts conclude that early diagnosis and intervention are critical to therapeutic success.