Our vision is to make autism services accessible to all families regardless of financial status, insurance policies, or official diagnosis.
Déjà Ard, CEO
My son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 2 years old. He was nonverbal, physically aggressive, and was cognitively operating on an infant’s level. He was uncomfortable with leaving our house and was in distress when anyone came near (including family), so imagine how a trip to the grocery store went. As a single mother of 2, receiving such news was devastating. I was in denial, depression, stress, defeat, confusion, guilt, anger, and helplessness. I felt completely INADEQUATE. I couldn’t understand why God allowed me to take on this burden I knew nothing about. As a mother, I’d cry myself to sleep from the judgmental glares of others and strangers telling me to spank my child. I’d break down in tears midday asking, “God, why my baby? Why me? If he never speaks, fine! But I can’t even make my own baby happy or comfortable”.
I went on a Mission Trip with my church and other single parents (who were all strangers) and learned they've all raised or worked with Special Needs Children! It seemed that in one of the lowest and darkest points in my life, God surrounded me with others who've walked this walk. As we served the poor in Costa Rica, my life was changed, my mind was restored and my strength became an unquenchable fire to fight for my son. Upon my return, I was consistently rejected by childcare centers because of his diagnosis. Certain Insurance companies found loopholes that would prevent them from covering his therapies, and most cities in Texas had no services for a 2 year old, nonverbal, autistic child who’s mother had limited income. I constantly ran into brick wall after brick wall, but with God, I was able to persevere beyond the pain that was faithfully delivered daily.
I hit every pothole known to mankind. I’d cry; I’d breakdown; and I’d get back up again. I had no idea this was a season of putting “skin in the game”. My fight and journey led me to my passion for autistic children and their parents, which in turn led me to my calling- Spectrum of Love.
By merging the medical industry, childcare, and parental support systems, I have been able to create a hybrid, wholesome approach that avoids all of the challenges I faced when my son and I needed help the most. I was able to create something I wish I always had, not just for him, but for me too.
Fast forward 5 years, my son is talking up a storm and performing top of his class! He has received reward after reward! He wants to work for NASA and also be in the starting lineup for the Dallas Mavericks at the same time (haha). My son is my very first success story and I’m determined to streamline his success for the success of other children.
By opening facilities for autistic children, I’m able to assist in changing the trajectory of their lives, as I’ve done with mine. God took my family on a journey- not just for us, but for their families as well. Because of this, my life is dedicated to sharing my testimony and showing these children, and their families, there is hope- there is a way.
Sending love wherever there’s a deficiency,
Why choose us?
We are the only facility that does not require insurance or a diagnosis to accept a child into our program. We offer therapy, education, and childcare under one roof with real time updates and meals included. In addition to many years of experience, our staff has extensive training in providing therapy, education, and childcare for children with autism.
"We all have strengths, weaknesses, and flaws. But, if you focus on the right behaviors, available resources, and being of genuine service to others, not only will your problems work themselves out, your dreams will also"
Déjà Ard, CEO