In 1997 Wayne Tashjian established Behavior Therapy Clinic (BTC) as a private agency that serves children of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pervasive Developmental Disabilities. Applying the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we’ve developed individualized treatment programs for the home, school, and community settings.

BTC holds a Nonpublic Agency Certification from the California Department of Education as well as a vendor contract with the California Regional Centers. BTC has worked collaboratively with both public schools, including the Los Angeles Unified School District and Culver City Unified School District, and numerous private and parochial schools.

BTC provides direct services for children and their families in the Los Angeles area (San Fernando Valley and the Westside). We are also available for consultation outside of the Los Angeles area.

BTC is available for private consultation and treatment as well. We are actively involved in lobbying efforts directed at Private insurance coverage for services too.

Currently BTC offers services in the following areas:

Our Approach

We believe every child who walks through our doors is a unique individual, each with their own set of strengths and challenges. No matter where a child might fall on the Autism spectrum, our work uncovers exactly how to connect with your child and design an individualized treatment program that significantly improves their life. To accomplish this, each program is overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Executive Director Wayne Tashjian

Wayne Tashjian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with almost 30 years of experience in the field of Autism. In 1981, Wayne Tashjian, then a psychology major at UCLA, had the privilege of studying under the late Dr. O Ivar Lovaas, considered one of the pioneers and leaders in treatment of Autism. During his years at UCLA, Wayne participated in seminal research: treating children, supervising and training interventionists, consulting, and developing programs. With his future shaped by his time at UCLA, Wayne subsequently dedicated his life’s work to the study and treatment of autism.

Today, Wayne is a highly regarded autism specialist with almost 30 years of experience in the field. Wayne has consulted nationally to families, school districts, day programs, residential treatment facilities, and television and motion picture productions. As the Executive director of BTC, Wayne continues to work directly with children, consult parents, train and supervise staff, as well as direct the agency.

Our Clinical Directors

Michelle Pellegrino, M.S., BCBA
Read more about Michelle here.

Jessica Yomtobian, M.S., BCBA
Read more about Jessica here.

Wayne Tashjian - Behavior Therapy Clinic Founder
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15720 Ventura Blvd
Suite #403,
Encino, CA 91436