We provide the most effective evidence-based therapy for children with autism at home, in our center, and in schools with unmatched caring, passion and expertise.

ABA takes the science of behavior translated into practice to let us build on the infinite potential of every child and family.

Early Intervention

We teach new skills, help expand interests, and reduce barriers for children as young as 18 months.

Home Based Therapy

With compassion and commitment, we aim to provide a flexible & individualized approach for each child’s home in order to enhance their everyday roles and responsibilities.

School Consultation

We offer consultations to schools to create space and offer discourse to address the behavioral challenges that could prevent students from learning effectively.

It’s normal to have questions.  Have more?  Feel free to call us at (203) 887-8951

What is ABA?

ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA is the science of behavior applied to address problems of social significance. Applied behavioral research over the last 50 years has produced practices that have the strongest scientific evidence as the most effective at helping children with ASD/autistic children make the most gains across all domains critical for child development. ABA practices, particularly comprehensive behavioral treatment for young children has often been described as the “Gold Standard” for helping children with ASD/autistic children make the most progress possible across all developmental domains to help kids tap into their limitless potential.

How does ABA therapy work?

There are two different levels of intensity for ABA therapy, comprehensive and focused. Comprehensive ABA involves high intensity ranging from 25-40 hours a week and helps children work on developing skills across developmental domains as well increase interest in a broader range of activities, increase social skills, communication, and flexibility. Focused ABA therapy typically involves 5-20 hours a week and addresses a small range of skills and issues related to communication, social skills, broadening interests, and increasing flexibility. Comprehensive therapy is designed for very young children as young as 18 months and typically continues at the same or similar intensity for 36 months after which services typically decrease in intensity to address focused areas. Each child’s intensity will vary somewhat based on need, but the overall intensity of 25 or more hours per week are consistent across studies for the best outcomes for children’s development. 

Both focused and comprehensive ABA therapy typically involves breaking down complex skills into smaller, manageable skills that can be combined and often taught in sequence. BCBAs create programs implemented by Behavior therapists 1:1. Those programs use a variety of prompting and reinforcement procedures to teach critical new skills. The reason we target such critical skills is that they will be maintained by tapping into the natural communities of reinforcement from parents, families, schools, and the community. Behavior Therapists help children overcome barriers to learning as well with reinforcement for functionally equivalent or competing behaviors that help them learn flexibility and expand their interests.

Behavior therapists collect data on child responses to learning activities throughout sessions and BCBAs analyze those data in graphs to identify where procedures and materials are helping children learn and where they may need to be adjusted or replaced. The skills identified for each child are specific to that child’s needs based on assessments of development and behavioral challenges.

I think my child may have autism. What should I do?

You should find a well-qualified licensed physician or psychologist who can conduct a diagnostic evaluation to determine whether your child meets the diagnostic criteria for autism. Insurance companies require that diagnostic evaluations be conducted typically by a licensed MD/DO in the medical field or a licensed PhD/PsyD in the psychological field. There are some exceptions to this requirement.

How do I get services for my child?

As soon as you have a diagnosis, you should seek help for you and your child. The most effective therapy is ABA, and we recommend you prioritize ABA therapy and if you child is young, get a comprehensive program for your child as soon as you can. The best outcomes for ABA were for those who got it the earliest and the most intensively.  There will likely be other therapies that can help as well including Speech and OT/PT which can address focused areas and can be coordinated with ABA therapy by the BCBA. 

Finding an organization for ABA therapy can be frustrating and time consuming. Look online for organizations that serve kids near you. Decide where you would like services to be, home, daycare, afterschool program, or clinic/center-based. If you get put on an agency’s wait list, keep looking. Most agencies will need to hire a Behavior Therapist to work 1:1 with your child because there are typically no available ones who are not fully engaged so getting started on calling and doing an intake as quickly as possible will ensure that you get the process moving.

How much does ABA therapy cost?

We have a table with average costs for focused ABA therapy and for two levels of intensity for comprehensive ABA therapy. For a year of ABA therapy, here are the estimated average costs for 3 different levels of intensity. Insurance is the most common method for families to pay for services given the high costs and long-term need for continued ABA therapy to continue helping children develop their social, communication, and flexibility skills. 

15 hr/week 

$   up to 62,018.29/yr 

30 hr/week

$   up to 118,524.59/yr 

40 hr/week

$   up to 155,923.35/yr