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Autism Therapy Manassas

The Leap Ahead, Inc. Story

Leap Ahead was founded by Talisha Sachlis in 2002 and is dedicated to the child who inspired her career path and company, Connor Leap.


Mrs. Sachlis was in the process of pursuing a profession with the FBI in 1999 when she stumbled across an ad requesting a therapist for a woman’s son who was diagnosed with autism. Not familiar with autism, Mrs. Sachlis became intrigued to find out more about this disability and began to research the autism spectrum disorder and the therapies associated with it.  Her findings interested her to apply to the ad two days later and subsequently observe an ABA session with the mother’s son, Connor Leap. Within a week, Mrs. Sachlis declined her original career path. During the next few years, Mrs. Sachlis worked for Fairfax County Public Schools in their ABA Pilot Program. She also provided ABA Therapy for private families after her full-time job to gain additional experience.  After a few years, the ABA Pilot Program ended and Mrs. Sachlis initiated her own practice serving children with autism and other developmental disabilities utilizing ABA Therapy.

Our Mission

The mission of Leap Ahead is to improve the lives of those impacted by autism through the evidence-based practice of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts develop and supervise treatment plans that are tailored to meet the individual developmental needs of our clients to ensure that they reach their full potential. 

Diverse Kindergarten for Autism
Diversity Statement

Leap Ahead, Inc. works collaboratively with the dynamics of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, socio-economic status, age, disability, and national origin. We are committed to serving diverse populations and are consistent with a focus on facilitating clients with diverse learning styles. By maintaining a diverse program, we are able to provide the richest possible learning experiences for our clients.

Diverse Programs for Autistic Children
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