Austin's Communication Station

Austin's Communication Station


The biggest factor in K-12 success for my children. Amy Bartelt is amazing. She totally got my sons strange perspective as no one else ever has. 5 Stars!!!
A huge thank you to Austin's Communication Station for your support of #AutFestTX18! Earlybird tickets on sale now (get free soda & popcorn when you buy early)! Tickets, sponsorships & film info:
We had a great time at Autism Awareness Night at Round Rock Express on Wednesday! Having 9 year old Arlo throw out the first pitch, our on-field interview about autism, and getting to recognize some of our awesome volunteers helped make it a great evening! A huge thank you to Round Rock Express for coordinating a Resource Fair at the event, and a huge thank you to Austin's Communication Station & Spark Learning for coordinating the chill out room! #AutismAwareness #Grateful #RRExpress
We went out to the ball game! Thank you to Autism Society of Texas and Round Rock Express for hosting the sensory friendly game tonight. We love the Central Texas community so much! Thank you to all the amazing providers we met tonight as well! We look forward to continuing to serve the Georgetown area. Spectrum Sitters Spark Learning Austin's Communication Station
UPDATE 5/9: Our ticket link only works until 4 pm Wednesday, after that you can buy tickets at the game!

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday May 9th at Autism Awareness Night at Round Rock Express! We have a social story about the game on our website, gluten free options available at the Metro Deli in the stadium, Resource Fair, and a sensory friendly chill out room thanks to Austin's Communication Station & Spark Learning! Come join us for all or part of the game!
Tickets, info & story:

Round Rock Express #RRExpress #AutismAwareness #Playball
A big thank you to Austin's Communication Station for sponsoring the Texas Autism Bike Ride and Fun Run benefitting Autism Society of Texas! We can't wait for this year's event! Register now & get a free dri-fit tee as well as access to our Resource Fair with games & activities & free food!
#AutismRideRun #RaisedHereStaysHere
Pediatric Feeding Institute will be presenting "Mealtime Miseries" in San Antonio February 8-9, 2018. Registration is now open for this two day training course (CEUs offered) covering treatment strategies for pediatric feeding disorders.Visit our page for more info.
Thank you Austin's Communication Station
We had a great time at Austin's Communication Station Bowl-A-Thon today! We can't thank them enough for hosting this event for us! Thanks to Perfect Strike Sponsor Little Munchkins Learning Center, & Curve Ball Sponsors Behavioral Innovations & Cooper Design, & thanks to all those who came out to bowl! We'll be using the funds raised to provide free recreation, support, info & referrals, education & advocacy here in Central Texas to improve the lives of all affected by autism.
New book for parents to use in teaching social skills. Please visit our page to learn more. Thank you!
Swim For All offers swim lessons for children of all abilities.
"This app can be used with a variety of diagnoses such as dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury and developmental delay. It is a wonderful tool that parents, teachers and therapist will find useful.
We trialed this app with a young boy diagnosed with traumatic brain injury who attended a special needs preschool class. The child initially needed total verbal and physical assistance to wash and dry his hands. The sequence used has 4 steps: turn on water, sq**rt soap, wash hands, dry hands. Over the period of a week, the child used the app on a daily basis with exposures throughout the day. He initially correctly identified 0/4 steps but by the end of the week he was able to identify 4/4 steps in the sequence as well as perform the actual task with only supervision by the teacher. This is a very versatile app that is helpful to assist in teaching sequencing. It can be used for both adults and children and has a variety of clearly illustrated sequences with a varying number of steps."
-Bridging Apps, Easter Seals of Greater Houston

Pediatric Speech and Occupational Therapy Austin's Communication Station is a privately owned clinic that provides speech and occupational therapy for children in a family friendly environment.

We accept BCBS, Humana, Medicaid, Superior, CHIP and other insurances. Please Call us for more information. In addition to traditional speech therapy methods focusing on one-on-one therapy, Austin's Communication Station also offers a variety of intervention techniques to best serve the needs of each individual child. These techniques may include small group therapy facilitated by our experienced

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Great article about W sitting! If your child does this and you have questions please contact us :)

Great info about W-sitting!!


Great info!

Timeline photos 01/29/2022

So important to work on executive functioning for kids!!!

Yes, organization is important but we need to teach them HOW.


Great info!

☹️Sadly, the packaging on that spouted sippy cup is not telling you the truth. Any cup with a spout (not a short straw) is a bottle.

🍼We need to wean kids off the bottle at shortly after their first birthday. What helps with the weaning process is to first teach straw drinking and coincide that with introducing an open cup. What does not help, AT ALL, is introducing a spouted sippy cup.

😳Those spouts cause kids to jut their jaw forward and the tongue follows right along. We need the
tongue to learn to BACK UP, RISE UP and develop a mature swallow pattern.

👶🏼Babies at 6 months are swallowing with a forward-backward motion, like drinking from a bottle.By 12 months, a more mature pattern should have developed where the tongue stays in place or even move a smidge back and then rises up to swallow while pressing on the ridged spot just above front teeth. The tongue rises, pushes and propels back the food.

🍼🛑🍼But if jaw and tongue are prevented from developing that pattern, it also can change facial
development! Over time, when kids continue to suck this way, the palate will get higher and more narrow and the face will begin to elongate, pulling the outer “wings” of the eyelids downward , creating
flatter cheeks and changing that beautiful face!

⚠️Skip the spouted sippy cups. It’s in all my books, all my articles, all my teachings. But those darn things are still in every baby aisle, so I’m going to continue this message.

💕Caveat: Some kids with disabilities need these cups as part of their therapy program due to neurological issues. That might be why a child has one, so there are always exceptions to a rule.

Learn how to wean from the bottle - why, when, and all the problem solving in my Bye-Bye Bottles Course! 👉🏻👉🏻

(✨Best cups for various ages here ✨)

✨TIP✨ Use code MYMUNCHBUG10 for 10% off courses! 🙌🏼


Happy happy 13th Birthday Austin’s Communication Station! I can’t believe it’s a teenager!!!


We are so excited to be part of Spark Learning’s Putt Fore Autism 2021!!!

Thank you to our Putt Fore Autism 2021 leveled sponsors! We are so appreciative of your support and generosity to the Austin autism community!


Such a fun Halloween Week with day 4 of dress up week!! It was classic Halloween costume day with a cat, two clowns, a skeleton, a Halloween Grinch, a ghost, and two witches! We had so much fun trick-or-treating around the building with the kiddos and celebrating with our amazing team!!


Halloween Week Day 3 “Dress Like a Character Day”. We had the Lorax, a Minion, Sponge Bob, a Cheetah Girl, Tinkerbell, Red Riding Hood, Dr. Seuss, Nemo, and Minnie Mouse!


Happy Halloween Week Day 2! The ACS Crayon Box!!!

Photos from Austin's Communication Station's post 10/26/2021

It’s Halloween Week at ACS!!! Dress up day 1 was Pajama day!!


We are so excited to announce that we have a new therapy tech on our team!! Amy has known Quin since he was three and one of her clients. He’s grown into an amazing adult who I’m proud to have joining our team!!!

From his mom’s post…….

***To note, we met Amy as a speech therapist when Q was ab 3yrs old (2 another children's clinics had told us Q was so bad they couldn't help him-God always has a plan😉). We have her skill, tenacity, perseverance, and heart to thank. Who would have imagined that 15yrs after bringing a screaming non-verbal toddler to my car after his speech sessions, she would now invite him to be part of her team. She has supported him for the last 15yrs and we owe part of who he is to her. 🙌🏼👏🏼💚


A Talk that All Parents Need to Hear

Such an amazing and crucially important message!!! Please take a few mins to watch :).


The Truth About My Son

Such an amazing video of acceptance and love!!! Please take a few mins to watch! Totally worth it 😍😍😍



This morning I walked downstairs to my sweet boy sitting on the couch, surrounded by his treasures.

He waved. It was quick though. He was very busy watching his shows. He takes his show watching very serious. Especially on weekend mornings.

‘Cooper, it’s mom’s birthday today!’ I said.

Now I don’t know what I expected. Not words of course. But a cheer. A smile. A gasp. But nothing. He looked back down. It stung. Like a tiny bee sting or a poke in the side. But the pain is duller these days. It doesn’t take my breath anymore. It’s just enough to take notice.

That’s how it’s changed over the years for me. What used to drop me to my knees now stings. We’ve gotten stronger, he and I.

As I made my coffee, steps away from him, I thought back to being 28, and when I first became a mom. I was such a different woman then. Untouched by autism. Oblivious to the beauty and possibilities in being different. I knew nothing of adversity. Not really.

And then I heard it.

Sid the Science kid singing ‘Happy Birthday!!!!!’ on my son’s iPad. I looked back to see the biggest smile on my sunshine boys face as he pointed to his ear and then to his iPad, nonverbally telling me to listen.

‘It’s my birthday! And we will have cake and balloons and presents...’ said Sid, the PBS Kids character.

And then he clapped and pointed to me. He was using the character to communicate with me.

I sobbed right there. I couldn’t help it. The happy tears fell from my eyes. He knew. He understood. He just had to find the words and way to tell me.

This is his autism. Complicated, creative, beautiful, and in his own time.

I can say with certainty that this was the best birthday gift I have ever received.

Thanks buddy. I love you.

Today, we shall party! In our own way.

Sid the Science Kid


Big sister looks out for her brother by educating fellow classmates on autism


There is usually so much more going on that we can’t see to cause behaviors.

There can be so much going on that we don't see.

Sketchnote by Parents with Confidence

Sting's Catchy New Song Explains the Chain Reaction of Hiring People With Down Syndrome 03/24/2021

Sting's Catchy New Song Explains the Chain Reaction of Hiring People With Down Syndrome


All can do the job. ❤️

Sting's Catchy New Song Explains the Chain Reaction of Hiring People With Down Syndrome A call for workplace inclusivity

Photos from Southwest Airlines's post 03/12/2021

Such a great story!!!


Am I The Only One?

Great easy to use tips and ideas!! Today!!! 2pm!!


Participate in SPARK

This is awesome!!! I want to share in case any of our families would like to help with the research!


When you have a neurotypical child, you feel reasonably assured that class participation and decent study habits will result in good grades. These kids have close friends. They get invited to participate in social things like dances and weekend gatherings. They make the teams, auditioned organisations and clubs.

But when you have a child with certain differences, this is often not the case. Learning may take longer, both academically and socially. Despite their tremendous efforts, results are often a fraction of their peers and social acceptance is fleeting, setting them up for painful comparisons and bitter frustration. Instead of a fun and fulfilling experience, school can become a breeding ground for depression and anxiety, and assignments a battle ground at home. It is exhausting for parent and child alike.

This is the week of SPED (Special Education), Autism, Dyslexia, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) awareness.

For all the children who struggle every day to succeed in a world that does not recognize their gifts and talents, and for those who are walking beside them, please let this be a gentle reminder to be kind and accepting of ALL people.

Recognize that the "playing field" is not always a level surface.

Children who learn differently are not weird. They are merely gifted in ways that our society does not value enough. Yet they want what everyone else wants: To be accepted!!


If you choose, please copy and paste this in honor of all children who are deemed "different". Our world would be far less beautiful without them.


The kids have moved on. — Katy Boucher 01/27/2021

The kids have moved on. — Katy Boucher

Such true words from my amazing colleague and friend. Kids are so accepting and able to accept change so much better than most of us adults. Let’s try not to “worry for them” but rather learn from them 🙂

The kids have moved on. — Katy Boucher I agonized for weeks before camp last summer.  I couldn’t imagine what it would be like for all of us to wear masks- kids unable to see my expressions, me struggling to fully hear what they were saying. I was certain they would be too hot wearing masks, and would struggle to keep them on a


Happy happy 12th Birthday ACS!! It’s been a crazy 12 years but such an amazing journey! Here’s to many more years of being able to help kids and families!

Photos from Austin's Communication Station's post 12/23/2020

We had so much fun making ornaments with the ACS kids during our "same but different" holiday celebration! Here's our winners for each age group! Happy holidays everyone!!!


Such a sweet video!!


Happy Halloween!!!


I know with the craziness of this school year some kiddos might need some extra help with academic work. Our fabulous front office assistant Bailee, a UT Junior, is interested in helping tutor some of our kiddos if anyone is interested. She now has some afternoon and weekend openings available! All tutoring sessions are conducted online at this time.

Please contact me for more information if this is something you might be able to utilize for your children. We will consider kiddos on a first come, first serve basis.


ACS ten years ago today. When we were doing the build out and about to move into the current building. This was the game room and sensory gym. 😱😱😱


Finally working on updating my office 🙂. (Almost 12 years after we opened 🤣). Thanks Mark Bartelt for painting today!

Rare cars get ready for a parade to honor and uplift kids with rare diseases 10/10/2020

Rare cars get ready for a parade to honor and uplift kids with rare diseases

I’m so excited for one of our long time ACS kiddos!!! Congrats Nikki!!

Rare cars get ready for a parade to honor and uplift kids with rare diseases Nicky is a CC4C Champion Child. The nonprofit connected her with her dream high school team, the Regent's Nightline dancers. Although she's been through a lot ever since she was a baby, she has a vibrant, positive attitude. She's so excited for the CC4C parade to uplift and hopes that you'll sign up...

Lockhart football player with autism spectrum disorder surprised by Washington Football Team 10/07/2020

Lockhart football player with autism spectrum disorder surprised by Washington Football Team

Lockhart football player with autism spectrum disorder surprised by Washington Football Team The kicker for the NFL's Washington Football Team saw KVUE's story about Desmond Pulliam and was touched because his son also has autism spectrum disorder.

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7800 Shoal Creek Blvd, Ste 110W
Austin, TX

General information

Fax: (512) 610-1191

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 6:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 6:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 6:30pm

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