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Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is a scientifically-derived, one-on-one therapy used to explain how learning takes place. When a behavior is followed by a reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. ABA utilizes research-based techniques to increase useful and positive behaviors and reduce those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. ABA therapy is the most effective evidence-based treatment for autism and is recommended by physicians, the American Psychological Association, and the U.S. Surgeon General.


A board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) will observe and interact with your child, as well as gather information from caregivers. The analyst will provide recommendations on treatment including, but not limited to, hours of service per week, target skills, and the best environment in which services should take place in (i.e. school versus clinic). Your child will also be evaluated using a curriculum-based assessment (e.g. Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills, Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program, Early Start Denver Mondel). The information gathered in the initial assessment will be written into a report.


At Breakthrough Behavior, we work on communication, social skills, appropriate play, academic skills, self-help skills, and more. When teaching communication skills, we utilize the verbal behavior approach, created by B.F. Skinner, which analyzes language according to function rather then form. We also work on decreasing inappropriate behavior and increasing appropriate replacement behaviors. Therapy is conducted through motivation and fun!


Parents and caregivers are a critical piece of the treatment team. Intensive training is provided to family members to ensure comprehensive treatment. Extended family members are also encouraged to participate.

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