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Joshua* is an nine-year-old boy whose journey we celebrate. He was a client of both the Feeding Clinic and the Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) program. When we met him at age five, Joshua was non-verbal and had periods of aggressive behavior.
He had Hydrocephaly and a feeding disorder. Joshua had been through many feeding therapies in Houston, but experienced little progress. He was 100 percent dependent on a gastrostomy tube that was surgically placed in his stomach when he began services.
After a year of therapy, he was 80% off tube feeds, eating over 30 foods, chewing fine and self-feeding/drinking. He was discharged from the Feeding Clinic because his parents received training to continue his progress and they felt comfortable making the transition. At that time, I recommended PBS for behavior therapy because Joshua was still aggressive at times and he was not toilet trained.
He started PBS at seven years old and is currently being seen by our Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Brenda Rodriguez and Applied Behavior Analysis specialists Dena Haywood and Wilbert Clark. Joshua is now fully toilet trained, listens to mom and is no longer aggressive. His mother reports even having him do chores around the house! He also got his feeding tube removed because he had not used it in over 2 years. Both of Joshua’s parents speak Spanish and have told Brenda, who is also fluent in Spanish, that their lives were changed by the Harris Center!
*The name of the client has been altered to protect the client's privacy.
Maria* presented to therapy with Paula Moore, PsyD at the IDD STARS Clinic due to depression, pervasive anxiety and a preoccupation with protecting herself. She was also diagnosed with mild Intellectual Disability and ADHD. Early on, although cooperative, progress was minimal. After securely establishing rapport, she began to show signs of growth in therapy. She responded particularly well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Not only was she responsive in therapy, but she also demonstrated a keen ability to follow-through on CBT strategies outside of session.
Janet successfully completed a full protocol of Cognitive Processing Therapy for childhood trauma. She reported feeling uncomfortable with the memories and struggled talking about them.
Savannah was referred to our YES Waiver program in November 2019. At that time, she was engaging in self-harm and was also fighting depression and anxiety.
HOUSTON, Aug. 18, 2021 -- The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD is proud to announce the recognition of Wayne Young, chief executive officer, as one of this year’s Top 25 Innovators by Modern Healthcare Magazine.
Wayne Young, MBA, LPC, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Wayne Young currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD (The Harris Center), the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority and Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority for Harris County. As the CEO of the largest behavioral and developmental disability care center in Texas, Mr. Young oversees the planning and delivery of behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services to over 88,000 people per year and manages an annual budget of over $270 million.
Dancing, flu shots, turkey chili, learning how to use a fire extinguisher as well as bone density exams all in one day? That’s right, The Harris Center’s Wellness department hosted it’s 5th annual Health and Wellness Fair in which employees were able to participate in different activities as well as learn about different resources community partners and vendors had to offer.
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