​Our Ultimate goal is to mainstream children with ASD. Mainstream them into peer classrooms, peer relationships. Later on to adult relationships, independent living and work skills, marriage, parenting, self acceptance.


Children learn from people with whom they have positive emotional relationships. T.E.A.M. Providers are encouraged to be fun, animated, energetic and entertaining. 
Autism particularly affects children’s ability to engage in social relationships. T.E.A.M. Providers use every opportunity to teach social interactions and prepare the client for social situations.
With T.E.A.M. Habilitation & Respite, teaching is embedded within positive social relationships between the Provider and Child. 
We foster warm, appropriately affectionate and playful relationships as part of day to day, moment to moment treatment. This relationship allows positive affect during teaching, which is the core part of the T.E.A.M. Habilitation & Respite success.

T.E.A.M. Habilitation and Respite is serving the Phoenix Metro area.

(480) 816-1866 Office
(480) 816-1972 Fax

 Email: info@teamhabilitation.com

 Welcome to T.E.A.M. Habilitation & Respite

Thank you for your interest in T.E.A.M. Habilitation and Respite and our services.
The founder of T.E.A.M., Donna Barelski, PhD., is a Behaviorist and recognized authority on autism and a mother of an autistic son. Every day, Dr. Barelski has a chance to enjoy her child's intelligence, humor and broad range of emotions. This real-life family situation along with her extensive education, training and experience has allowed Dr. Barelski first-hand knowledge and experience as a Behavioral Specialist.
Since May of 2007, we expanded our services to better meet the needs of those we serve through a center-based clinic located lakeside in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Our clinic is a children’s paradise with no walls or hidden corners. Our Habilitation Providers, under the watch of Donna Barelski, PhD., provide daily instruction to learners with autism, related disabilities and developmental delays. In this clinic we also conduct individual assessments, and provide office area for our in-home Habilitation and Respite Providers.

Services in Arizona are Valleywide.
 Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide hands on behavior analytic services to learners with autism, related disabilities and developmental delays. We strive to help as many children with autism come as close to complete recovery as possible because we have experienced first hand what that means for a family. By arranging the most positive teaching environment, it allows the learner to continue to develop language, cognitive, fine and gross motor, school readiness, self-help and social skills in typical community and family settings.

 Our Principles

Every child has the potential to develop skills beyond their current level and are not subjected to behaviors and activities that cause injury or limit opportunities for community involvement. 
Communication, cognitive, social, school readiness and fine and gross motor skills should be targeted that lead to rewarding personal relationships, well being, vocational productivity, and self-determined daily activities. 
Reliance of the science of applied behavior analysis and its underlying assumptions will lead to the best possible outcome for the child.
Communication is the foundation that supports the development of skills in all areas. T.E.A.M.'s staff is trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and incorporate Mariposa's School for Autism Training Manual for treatment and instructional recommendations. 
To achieve the best outcome for children, data is gathered and analyzed on a schedule sufficient to make informed decisions.

“As a psychologist with over 30 years of experience in research in the field of autism, and as the editor of the Autism Research Review International, I want to go firmly on record as supporting the value of intensive early behavioral intervention as a modality—actually the most important available modality—for bringing about improvement in most autistic children.”
Bernard Rimland, Ph.D.
Autism Research Institute


​​We enrich the child’s life with Social Skills, Self Help Skills, Age Appropriate Behaviors, Peer Relationships and Family Bonding. We first start by playing with play figures or dolls and act out hugs, kiss, walking, sitting, standing. Then we encourage the child to “kiss mommy” possibly for the first time we have helped to structure a true physical contact between the child and the parent. Things only build from there…It enriches not only the Child’s life, the parent’s life, also yours when you see the product of your work in life altering ways…how great is that?

Children With ASD are very special. They have sensory issues, behavioral issues and integration issues. T.E.A.M. believes we should accommodate these issues and give the child new ways to live in a non-accommodating environment. For example, helping children that are soothed by jumping simple ways to attain the same soothing sensation by shrinking the behavior into something much smaller and more accepted like bouncing their leg or standing up briefly to stretch muscles during class or services. These children need the comfort the stemming behaviors bring. So if it's hand flappers, we can shrink that behavior into tapping a finger. Behaviors that mark them as unusual can be replaced with more typical behaviors everyone does.



We use basic Floor Time Play and Shadowing to develop a relationship between Provider and Client. We teach children first to find pleasure, then purpose and function. While we play we teach nouns, then layer with verbs, then adjectives, then adverbs andso on. T.E.A.M. also Teaches Communication, Play Imitation and Social Skills and Typical Age Behaviors all while playing and entertaining the child.