HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Mission Autism Clinics (MAC) is opening up a new facility in Harrisburg at the end of this week, according to a Nov. 22, 2022 release.

MAC is a an autism clinic that offers applied behavior analysis therapy (ABA) programs for children ages 2-6. According to MAC, ABA is a style of therapy that uses learning and behavior to change a child’s habits. The therapists at MAC that utilize ABA therapy, encourage an autistic child to increase positive behavior and decrease negative behavior.

“This is done through positive reinforcement or a reward for every desired action that the child takes,” MAC said in a press release. “Over time, the child learns which behaviors are desirable and which are not.”

According to MAC’s website, ABA style therapy can be adjusted and adapted on a case by case basis for each individual child’s needs. Additionally, this style of therapy can be replicated and preformed for a child anywhere, including at home and in school.

The new 10,000 square foot MAC facility is located at 2550 Interstate Dr., Suite 201, and is going to hold its grand opening event on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, starting at 3:30pm. According to MAC, the grand opening event will have:

  • Ribbon cutting ceremony (starts at 3:45 p.m.)
  • Tours of the new facility (running from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
  • Refreshments
  • ‘Family fun’

Currently, the new MAC facility in Harrisburg is looking for a full-time Behavior Technician, according to a recent job listing on their website. According to MAC’s Marketing Specialist Ellen Brennan, the new facility will also create an additional 40 new jobs.

MAC opened its first autism clinic in Pittston, Pa. back in 2020 and according to MAC. For more information you can visit MAC’s website or email info@missionautismclinics.com

“Mission Autism Clinics is excited to open our Harrisburg Clinic! The new clinic joins 11 others located throughout the states of Pennsylvania and Maryland,” CEO of MAC Paul DeAngelo. “The prevalence of Autism continues to increase and the need for specialized services continues to grow including ABA therapy. Our goal is to bring access to quality services closer to the families in need of services who are currently on waitlists. We are looking forward to serving clients in Dauphin County.”