A Bit More About Us

The Fun & Functional behavioral approach was created by Dr. TJ Glahn over 35 years ago in Santa Barbara, California.  While developing a school for young children with autism, it became apparent that the children were more engaged and learn more rapidly when they are having fun and are learning skills that can be sustained in the child’s natural settings like his/her home, school or community. Fun & Functional strategies have been utilized in the United States and internationally in multiple settings and with children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with autism and other related disorders. 

Learning is definitely related to multiple factors:


  • Evidence-based naturalistic intervention is applied
  • Motivation is enhanced when incorporating the child’s preferences
  • Parents must be involved
  • Staff training must be ongoing
  • ABA & ACT behavioral strategies must be used by knowledgeable interventionists in a compassionate manner.