Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children Earns Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Accreditation

Irving, TX – ​​The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) has awarded the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children with a 1-Year Accreditation, recognizing the organization as a top behavioral service provider in the country. The Accreditation celebrates exceptional behavioral health providers that excel in the areas of clinical quality, staff satisfaction and qualifications, and consumer satisfaction. These areas are measured via a wide-ranging audit, including interviews with agency clinical leadership, a detailed staff qualification review, anonymous staff satisfaction survey, and anonymous consumer satisfaction survey.

“The Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children is an excellent example of combining highly-qualified staff with top-quality programming to provide comprehensive care,” said Sara Gershfeld Litvak, Founder of BHCOE. “Their staff is dedicated to providing ethical, effective programming and utilizing best practices in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help clients make meaningful progress. We are thrilled to congratulate Founder and Executive Director Tracy Pierce Bender and her team on creating an excellent program that is a truly an indispensable resource to the Dallas county autism community and beyond.”

BHCOE is an international accrediting body used to help funders and identify quality behavioral health providers. Acting as a third-party, the organization systematically measures and reports on existing quality criteria in the behavior analysis community using standardized methods and practices, and awards only those service agencies that meet these standards.

“At the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children, our mission is to empower parents of children with autism and to encourage their involvement in their child’s therapy. We are dedicated to providing creative, compassionate care that improves the quality of life for our clients and their families,” said Founder and Executive Director Tracy Pierce Bender, PhD-ABD, BCBA, “We are proud to earn the BHCOE Accreditation because it reflects our commitment to offering the highest quality of evidence-based therapy. We are very grateful to our dedicated team that is the foundation of our organization and made earning the BHCOE Accreditation possible. We look forward to continuing to provide to support the Dallas-Ft. Worth community for years to come.”

About Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE)
The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is an international accrediting body that recognizes top-performing behavioral health providers. BHCOE offers a third-party measurement system that differentiates top services providers from exceptional services providers. The BHCOE criterion features standards that subject-matter experts developed to measure state-of-the-art behavioral health services. For more information, visit

About the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children​
​While there is no cure for autism, there are many treatments available. The Brent Woodall Foundation uses the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach and improve the level of functioning in children with autism. Children with developmental disabilities often have serious deficits (i.e. none or limited expressive/receptive language, limited social skills, limited independent living skills, etc.) and ABA has been used to teach a variety of skills to overcome such deficits. In addition, ABA has been shown to successfully decrease behavioral excess (i.e. aggressive behaviors, tantrum behaviors, etc.) often demonstrated by children with autism. ABA uses rewards to engage children and teach them new skills. The therapy involves a breaking down of skills into small, discrete, and measurable tasks that are taught through a highly structured clinical method. ABA is the only intervention empirically proven to provide results. What makes our approach unique is not only are the programs clinically individualized to address each child’s particular cognitive problems, social deficits, and behavioral issues, but they also take into consideration the roles various family members can play in the treatment of the child. All services provided by the Foundation are offered at little to no cost. Our programs show families how to connect with their children not only by educating them about autism and other developmental disabilities but also by providing them with the technical training necessary to understand their child’s treatment programs and how to carry these programs out at home. For more information, visit

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