“We want to invest in the community and give back as much as we can.”

When Allyson Perreault’s son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and she couldn’t find the services he needed, she quit her lucrative job in IT, obtained her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis, and became a BCBA (Board-Certified Behavior Analyst). After practicing for several years in Washington and Arizona, she opened BehaviorAlly, located on Avenue of the Fountains in 2022. Thanks to her efforts, Fountain Hill’s families impacted by autism can find the help they need right here in town.

Her decision to donate to the Fountain Hills Community Foundation came from the same resolve.

“I strongly believe that if we give back, we’re ensuring the ability of future generations and organizations to sustain and grow in Fountain Hills,” she said.

According to Autism Speaks, one in 36 children and 1 in 45 adults in the United States are diagnosed with autism. Boys are nearly four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

“There’s tremendous need for services here,” Ally said about Fountain Hills. “Many families with special needs children have had difficulty in accessing services due to our location, which is why it was important for me to open my practice here. Living in Fountain Hills shouldn’t be a barrier to receiving necessary therapies.”

BehaviorAlly is an applied behavior analysis practice providing in-home, clinic-based, community and school-based 1:1 direct therapy services to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disorders. They currently offer services in the northeast valley of the greater Phoenix area including Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Rio Verde, Mesa, Tempe and Fort McDowell.

BehaviorAlly’s mission is to empower children with autism and related disorders to engage, learn and thrive to reach their fullest potential. She and Austin Sargent MS, BCBA, LBA, work with children between the ages of 18 months to 12 on addressing developmental delays and increasing skill acquisition in areas such as expressive/receptive language, functional communication, social communication and learning readiness. Fifteen Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) work under the direct supervision of BCBAs providing one-on-one direct treatment to children Monday through Friday. The practice is also an ASU Masters of Applied Behavior Analysis (MSABA) practicum site where 50% of their technicians are pursuing their master’s degree.

As a parent of a child with special needs, Ally loves the friendly, small town, and welcoming nature of Fountain Hills. She believes it’s important for everyone to give back, whether it be financially or by volunteering their time and talents.

“We love Fountain Hills,” she said. “We want to invest in this community and give back as much as we can. When we’re doing things for our community, you see the effects right here.”