The Wayman Center opened in 2004, fulfilling a dream of Gail Wayman and her husband, John Wayman. After working in public schools and as a consultant to home-based ABA programs, Gail wanted to provide a place where children with special needs, especially those on the autism spectrum, would have the opportunity to receive intensive behavioral intervention, based on research-based best practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that would likely result in the greatest and quickest progress for each child. Knowing that each child is unique, Gail planned the services at The Wayman Center in a way that would best address the individual needs of each child. That is why there is at least one adult for each child, and why the services are hourly and fee-based rather than a tuition-based group program, allowing for the most intensive intervention with the greatest flexibility.
The Wayman Center was originally housed in a leased office building near Plano Parkway and Preston Rd. in Plano, TX. However, in 2008 the Waymans purchased a vacant building near Parker Rd and Coit Rd. in Plano, TX that had previously housed a daycare center and completely renovated it. While the building is conveniently located and easily accessible from many parts of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, it is not in a retail or office center. Instead, the building is located in a residential neighborhood, with architecture similar to the homes that surround it. The Wayman Center moved into its new state-of-the-art facility in March of 2009. With 7500 square feet indoors on almost ¾ of an acre, children and staff enjoy a great variety of spaces, materials and activities, including a 6900 square foot outdoor playground with two large play structures.
Additionally, the owner and director are one in the same. Therefore, Gail Wayman is not just an owner, but is directly involved with every aspect of operations at The Wayman Center on a daily basis, and parents have the opportunity to interact directly with Gail regularly.
As a private family-owned organization, income at The Wayman Center is not allocated toward multiple tiers of administration, as is the case with many corporations and large non-profit organizations. Therefore, income can be allocated to areas that directly benefit children, such as staff compensation, benefits, training and supervision.
The Wayman Center admits individuals of any race, color, religion, ethnicity or national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all individuals at The Wayman Center. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity or national origin in administration of its general policies or admissions policies.