Best Practices Behavior and Occupational Therapy, PLLC was established in 2019 by Dustin and Taffta Thornburgh.  This husband and wife team set to go beyond the work they had done in school districts for over 12 years. Moving away from public schools allowed BPBOT to focus on what matters most – delivering evidence-based treatments to children with disabilities, thereby improving quality of life, helping them gain independence, and allowing them to reach their potential for an ultimately fulfilling life. At Best Practices, you will be working with a community-based small business – the client will not be working with Registered Behavior Technicians or OT assistants, they will be working directly with the owners.

Taffta Thornburgh, MA OTR/L

Undergraduate from Louisiana State University

Masters of Arts in Occupational Therapy from University of Southern California

Taffta is a licensed registered pediatric occupational therapist located in The Woodlands, TX. Taffta began working with children with autism in both the home and school settings in Los Angeles in 2003 and became interested in learning more about child and motor development. She received her masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2006, focusing on pediatrics and sensory integration in 2006. From 2006-2018 Taffta provided OT in over 80 schools in the Los Angeles area, working in classrooms, homes, and clinic based settings using the principles of Sensory Integration. Upon moving to Texas with her family in 2018, Taffta provided home based occupational funded by insurance while forming Best Practices with her husband in 2019. Currently, Taffta offers private pediatric OT at their sensory gym, We Rock the Spectrum. Taffta continues to focus on sensory processing, as well as fine and visual motor development, motor planning, emotional regulation, and more. In addition to owning an indoor play gym geared toward including kids of ALL abilities, Taffta works with her husband Dustin to teach an intense 14 week social skills curriculum called PEERS to adolescents and parents.  Serving various children in multiple settings using a wholistic outlook has led to significant long-term positive outcomes for children with special needs. Her hands on approach has been transformational for so many children and their families.

In 2020, Taffta and her family decided that they could help impact their community even more by opening We Rock the Spectrum – The Woodlands. At We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, we provide Play With A Purpose™. Play With A Purpose is exercising and stimulating any of the seven senses through positive physical, emotional, and social development

If you are wondering if your child would benefit from Occupational Therapy, please reach out to us. We are here to help!

Dustin Thornburgh

Board Certified Behavior Analyst #1-07-3956

Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Dustin began working with children with autism in 2000, after he graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychology.  Working in homes and schools as a behavior consultant, he provided direct treatment to children displaying severe behavioral challenges.  In 2007, Dustin graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Master’s of Science degree in school psychology and additional certifications in autism and applied behavior analysis.  He subsequently passed the B.C.B.A. exam and has been a practicing behavior therapist and school psychologist for over 12 years.  Dustin’s role as a leader in the public school setting expanded, and he represented his school district for several years at statewide intervention groups such as the Positive Environment Network of Trainers (PENT) and the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) *parent resources from these organizations can be found under the RESOURCES tab.  In addition, Dustin led trainings for paraeducators, teachers, and administrators on topics such as social skills, applied behavior analysis, and autism.  He received certification to run the Program for Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS), an evidence-based practice for adolescents on the spectrum that addresses social skills.  After moving from California to The Woodlands, Dustin worked as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in local school districts, focusing on autism as well as the District’s most severely behaviorally challenged students.

Dustin Thornburgh’s approach to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) starts with the ability to connect with families and meet challenges head on with strategies that are effective and practical for parents.

A collaborative team approach is essential for sustainable long term development. We recognize the importance of developing appropriate behavior, physical, or sensory skills with a therapist, but also include parents, caregivers and siblings as a key component to any successful plan. Consistency in teaching and reinforcing newly acquired skills promotes rapid and sustainable progress.

Ultimately, as therapists, the goal is to work ourselves out of a job, and the most rewarding experience is when our clients no longer have a need for services.

What People Say

Very friendly but professional! She has a true gift and talent helping children of all abilities grow to be their best. She is a very hard worker and expects the same with her clients but also knows when they are getting frustrated or stressed she can help guide and/or refocus the kids in order to calmly complete their tasks. We luv her creativity in general but also when it comes to figuring out how to teach the kids basic life skills/concepts. She understands there isn’t a one size fits all approach and will cater to your children’s needs so that they can reach their goals. We are so glad to have found her and can’t believe all the obstacles our children have overcome in such a short time.

Jennifer H.

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