Our Company | Steps to Progress

Our Company &
Leadership

We’re Different!

Steps to Progress was founded over ten years ago by Ruth and Dennis Pierce, parents of a child with autism. Their sole purpose in creating Steps to Progress was to ensure that their son and other children with autism have access to the best ABA therapy available in Houston. With backgrounds in engineering, management, and law, Dennis and Ruth focus on taking care of the business of Steps to Progress so that our BCBAs can focus on the children.

Two Convenient Clinic Locations

Our clinics are located right across the street from each other, 3500 and 3600 South Gessner, respectively. These two different locations give us the ability to ensure that each child has a separate therapy room with plenty of space and, in many rooms, natural light. Each location has an indoor play area, and our 3500 S. Gessner location has a covered outdoor area for clients to play games, ride in a wagon or tricycle, or enjoy the outdoors. Both locations have accessible drop-off/pick-up lines so that parents do not need to park when bringing their child in for therapy sessions.

Observation is a key element in ABA therapy. Our therapy rooms are enclosed, but each room has at least one window in either the door or wall so that therapy can be easily observed from outside the room. In addition, each room is equipped with a camera so that therapy can also be observed remotely. Our BCBAs spend much of their time supervising sessions and providing parent training, but even when they are in their office, they are able to view monitors and check on their clients. Whether it’s providing play areas or teaching skill sessions, it’s our goal to give your child the best in-clinic experience possible. Please call us at 713-782-1330 to schedule a tour!

Clinical Team

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Our Case Supervisors – Experience, Expertise

Our BCBAs have over 45 years of combined experience in providing exceptional ABA to children with autism. They all have extensive experience in working with children with autism both as therapists and as BCBAs. Our Case Supervisors collaborate with each other on an ongoing basis to ensure that therapy is tailored to the specific needs of each client.

Our Case Supervisors have received training from Autism Partnership psychologists. We believe strongly that our BCBAs should continue to learn about developments in the field of ABA and to explore additional ways in which they can help our clients. As a result, our BCBAs attend conferences and trainings beyond the annual BACB requirements so that they can continue to grow and develop their skills.

Lanay Boulet, M.S., BCBA

Lanay Boulet, M.S., BCBA

Robert Marmor, M.S., BCBA

Robert Marmor, M.S., BCBA

Tamar Abrilian, M.S., BCBA

Tamar Abrilian, M.S., BCBA

Jessica Vo, M.S., BCBA

Jessica Vo, M.S., BCBA

Ashley Yu, M.S., BCBA

Ashley Yu, M.S., BCBA

Sabrina Hong, M.S., BCBA

Sabrina Hong, M.S., BCBA

Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) – Competent, College Educated

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) does not require a college degree for a therapist to become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). However, we require that all of our therapists have college degrees. We expect our RBTs to be able to “think on their feet” and adjust to their client. We believe that the process of obtaining a college degree results in the additional maturity and critical thinking skills necessary to enable them to maximize their clients’ development.

Our Associations

The Council of Autism Service Providers is a non-profit association of non-profit and for-profit agencies serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The mission of CASP is to cultivate, share and advocate for best practices in autism services. CASP is committed to ensuring quality, safe and effective care for the individuals served by our membership organizations. CASP requires that member organizations promote and implement evidence-based practices within their agency.

FACT #12

Our involvement goes above and beyond ABA therapy and beyond our walls to focus on the family and provide exceptional help.