Welcome to The Lovaas Center

Autism and autism treatment are scary words for new parents. The “Lovaas method” which incorporates Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has over 50-years of rigorous research proving effectiveness. According to a report published by the U.S. Surgeon General in 1999, “Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.” The pioneering  work that began in the 1950s by the late Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas is continually improving. This work is now carried on by his son, Erik Lovaas, and The Lovaas Center staff. Supervising staff at the Lovaas Center have completed the “170- Series coursework” once taught at UCLA, and have been trained and employed as consultants by Dr. Lovaas. The Lovaas Center is the only agency in the State of Nevada to be contracted with Clark County School District (CCSD) and Washoe County School Disctrict (WCSD).

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Ivar Lovaas

A pioneer of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and devoting his life to help children with Autism and their families, Dr. Lovaas changed the way a family with Autism sees the world. Lovaas ABA is supported by more than 40 years of research and today is used by the Lovaas Center.

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Parent Testimonials

Through word of mouth, the center has grown to a professional and highly specialized staff of more than 50, serving families nationally and abroad. Hear from the parents of the children we work with about their journey and the effectiveness of the Lovaas method.

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US Surgeon
General Report

Thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior. A well-designed study of a psychosocial intervention was carried out by Lovaas and colleagues…

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Lovaas Treatment
for Autism

A complete Lovaas treatment program starts with our intake process which helps us learn about your child’s programing needs. Once you’ve completed the intake process we being the home program with an initial consultation with one of our consultants, where we develop an in home program to meet your child’s needs.

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Causes and Cures

The exact causes of Autism disorders are still unknown, however, we do know that it is a neurobiological disorder that affects people to varying degrees and throughout their lives. There is no cure for Autism but there are treatments that are effective in managing Autism and making people whom have Autism successful in their environments and society.

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Our Team

Our consultants are college educated and have extensive experience in ABA techniques. Our team is dedicated to the children and the families that we serve throughout Nevada and Pembroke Pines, Florida. Additionally, we also serve families abroad in Anguilla (the British West Indies), Aruba, Spain, and throughout Mexico.

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Dr. Fricke’s Background

Dr. Johanna Fricke earned her Medical degree in 1971 from University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric training at the University of Texas Health Science Center. In 1976, Dr. Fricke began practicing in Nevada. Her extensive career in Nevada includes practicing general pediatrics in Reno, Nevada, where she emphasised in patients in the Neonatal Intensice Care Units, serving as the medical director for Nevada Early Intervention Services, Healthy Minds and now runs a private practice in the office of The Lovaas Center.   More

Noticing autism signs at an early age can make all the difference….

What is ABA?

ABA stands for Applied Behavioral Analysis. ABA is a widely recognized treatment for Autism that has been proven safe and effective throughout years of research and development. Applied Behavioral Analysis is used widely across the world due to its effectiveness in persons who are diagnosed with Autism. There are various forms of ABA, here at the Lovaas Center we use the Lovaas model.   More

Are Other Treatments Effective?

ABA is the most commonly used therapy to treat Autism. They are many different types of ABA, the Lovaas Center uses the Lovaas model of ABA. Other models include the Denver model, floor time, Pivotal Response therapy, and Verbal Behavior therapy. Speech therapy and occupational therapy are also commonly used to treat children with Autism to varying degrees of success.