Behavior Support

Behavior Support

Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA):

A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will meet and interview the parent(s) or caregiver(s), and observe the child or individual.  Behavior assessments identify behavior patterns and the reason for particular behaviors. Through observation, testing, and evaluation, the BCBA determines proactive and reactive strategies to help move toward positive change in behavior. Based on evaluation and intensity of need, recommendation of service(s) will be provided.

The BCBA conducts an FBA to determine the environmental variables that affect and maintain the problematic behavior(s), and develops an individually-tailored effective behavior intervention plan to transform identified behaviors.


Some of the assessment tools used are:

  • Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS)
  • Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment & Placement Plan (VB-MAPP)
  • Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales

Verbal Behavior Teaching

If your child is exhibiting difficulty with communication skills, Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB) can be an extremely beneficial approach to teaching language. Our clinicians are trained in VB methodology, which is based on the basic principles of ABA, to address language deficits.

Because each child presents unique skill sets, programs are individualized for each child’s needs and the type of teaching approach will be based upon the individual’s needs.

Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)

If your child is struggling to learn, through the use of DTT (a teaching method based upon the principles of ABA), our clinicians can teach skills by breaking them down into smaller and teachable parts until mastered. DTT also allows us to set clear expectations for your child, and can be used across a variety of skills, including teaching language, play, and self-help skills. DTT is a systematic approach that allows for repeated practice, utilizing prompts, and maximizing reinforcement to maintain motivation for successful outcomes.

Because each child presents unique skill sets, programs are individualized for each child’s needs and the type of teaching approach will be based upon the individual’s needs.