Autism and Behavioral Spectrum is the world's first Reggio Emilia ABA therapy clinic committed to building respect, responsibility, and community for a brighter future.


We accomplish this by creating a supportive and enriching educational environment that fosters increased knowledge through exploration and discovery. A self-guided curriculum is created based on the needs and interests of each individual child. By committing to these principles and the highest level of therapy, we guide each individual to a promising future.


ReggioABA™ is a trademarked collaborative approach to better the individual needs of every child with Autism.


Therapy through play is a term used in education and psychology to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.


Key ways that young children learn include playing, being with other people, being active, exploring and new experiences, talking to themselves, communication with others, meeting physical and mental challenges, being shown how to do new things, practicing and repeating skills and having fun.

Student with Puzzles
Student with Paint
Student with Puzzles

The Reggio Emilia Philosophy

Reggio Emilia, a village in northern Italy, was the first to adopt the mindset that children are born with "a hundred languages" through which they can express their ideas. The aim of this approach is teaching children how to use these symbolic languages (eg., words, gestures, movement, painting, sculpting, drama, music) and personal interests functionally everyday life.

The Reggio Emilia Approach requires team members to work with intelligent sensitivity and special empathy towards children. Leaders must possess the habit of questioning their certainties, a great deal of awareness and availability, a critical style of research, and the skills to talk, listen, and learn from children and their parents. It is their responsibility to organize the classroom environment and it's rich and various materials in a way that makes the classrooms amiable environments, as well as beautiful and engaging spaces.


Visitors of Reggio Emilia schools often denote the quality and creativity of the physical space, as special care is given to the appearance of the environment. A strong sense of beauty, along with spatial design that fosters environmental exploration and social interaction, are essential elements of the Reggio Emilia educational culture.


Founder of ReggioABA Syed Haider has decided to dedicate a center that utilizes the Reggio Emilia methodology towards children who would benefit from additional attention towards their educational, social, emotional, and/or behavioral development.

To learn more about the educational foundation of the Reggio Emilia approach and to access relevant articles, visit North American Reggio Emilia Alliance. There you will find Autism and Behavioral Spectrum listed as one of their resources in Missouri.  



  Our Focus Points

  • Personal and social development

  • Behavioral delays and restrictions

  • Behavioral and educational advancements 

  • Physical movement and body awareness

  • Verbal language

  • Non-verbal languages 

  • Visual arts, music, and drama

  • Knowledge and understanding of the world, including environment explorations and projects as well as math and science activities

  • Self-guided exploration

  • Teamwork and coordination

  • Nature investigation and recreation

  • Conventional/unconventional play

  • Unique and individualized investigation

  • Parent collaboration 

Students making Shadows
ABS Decor
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