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3550 W. Dallas, Suite 110
Houston, Texas 77019


Office: 713-525-8419
Fax: 713-525-8418
Margo Childs, M.A., Program Director
Alton Bozeman, Psy.D., Program Psychologist
Highlights: Featured on KHOU Channel 11
Additional Information:


The Coffeehouse provides services for adults diagnosed with Asperger's Disorder that include:

  • "Drop-in" model, for people to attend discussions of relevant and interesting topics as their daily schedule allows
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Planning transitions between activities and places
  • Nursing Services
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Psychological Support

The goals of this program are:

  • To assist persons with Asperger's Disorder in developing coping and self-management skills to maintain stable behavior in various community settings.
  • To assist persons with Asperger's Disorder in developing effective communication skills and techniques to function in various social settings.
  • To provide education to the community on Asperger's Disorder and Autistic Disorders.


Adults 18 years of age and older, residing in Harris County, with a diagnoses of Asperger's Disorder or Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Adults must posses the cognitive ability to participate in the program. Individuals must also meet the criteria for Target Population, and have challenging behaviors that otherwise restrict their level of functioning in community programs.


The schedule may vary according to the needs and interests of the participants on any given day. Participants are encouraged to initiate socially appropriate, contextually relevant conversations.


  • Social Skills
  • Real-life Scenarios
  • Role Play
  • Health Literacy


  • Independent Living Skills
  • Health Maintenance


  • Friendship/Social Relationships
  • Real-life Scenarios
  • Discussion Group
  • Human Sexuality (Male)
  • Workplace Readiness (Female)


  • Time Management/Structuring Leisure Time/Goal-Setting
  • Human Sexuality (Female)
  • Workplace Readiness (Male)


  • Community Outing/Skills Training
  • Time Management/Structuring Leisure Time/Goal-Setting


The first step in the application process is to contact the individual's Service Coordinator and request a referral. The referral must include a valid Determination of Intellectual Disability (note: the Determination of Intellectual Disability is a process defined by the State, and is not intended to suggest that people with Asperger's Disorder have a diagnosis of intellectual disability) and current information regarding the consumer's medical condition and behavioral issues. If the individual does not have a Service Coordinator visit this link to learn how to access The Harris Center's services.


Individuals/families provide their own transportation. Individuals with special needs for transportation should contact their Service Coordinators.


A financial assessment determines whether co-payments apply and/or if The Harris Center is a part of your Insurance Provider Network. Individuals will need spending money for community rehearsal outings.


During the admission process, the Coffeehouse Team takes into consideration the consumer's right to choose their treatment options.
We consider each individual's preferences, likes and dislikes. Once choices are agreed upon by the IDT and the individual, they are documented on appropriate forms.

Participants are discharged from this program based on the following:

  • Sufficient achievement of treatment objectives and improvement to be able to manage themselves productively in society.
  • Voluntary withdrawal of consumer.
  • Non-attendance without recent services.
  • Violation of Program Guidelines