We have 20+ years of experience making life better for young people with autism – and their parents.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a highly specialized – and highly successful – treatment program for children who have intellectual or behavioral disabilities such as:
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Down syndrome
- Intellectual disabilities
- Angelman syndrome
- Smith-Magenis syndrome
- Severe behavioral problems
ABA is grounded in scientific research on teaching social, behavioral, self-care and life skills to children. It blends positive behavioral reinforcement strategies with clear objectives and ongoing data collection.
Our approach to therapy
Our approach centers on one goal: helping children participate more fully in their families, their communities and their world. Our therapists have the flexibility to get creative and build a treatment plan around each child’s individual strengths and needs.
The Rehab Without Walls ABA program includes two key steps
Functional behavioral assessment
The first step in therapy is to fully understand the behavioral challenges and establish a baseline. During this assessment, we also find out more about the child’s day-to-day activities and interests so we can build them into the treatment plan.
Ongoing treatment and measurement
After the assessment, we develop and implement a personalized plan that follows proven ABA methods:
- Operationally define each challenging behavior
- Establish a data collection process to track the circumstances of the behaviors
- Develop a plan to respond to negative behaviors (in order to change the behaviors or increase the child’s tolerance to triggers) and selectively reinforce appropriate behaviors (which science shows is more effective than creating consequences for inappropriate behavior)
- Track data over time
- Graph and share data with parents and the teaching team so they have a clear picture of the child’s status and progress toward goals
During treatment, children receive speech therapy every week and work one-on-one with a specially trained behavioral technician. To build trust and communication, therapy takes place in a variety of settings including home, school and community. For example, autistic children who have sensory issues may benefit from therapy at a noisy restaurant. Wherever behavior interferes with an activity, that’s the best place for therapy to take place.
Children participating in our ABA program also have access to our Pediatric Therapy Center. The length of treatment varies, from several months to several years.
Who is eligible?
Our program accepts any child ages 2-5 with a clinical diagnosis of autism.
Where we provide Applied Behavioral Analysis
We provide ABA through our home and community rehab care setting in three states. Our groundbreaking BMAC program brings ABA directly to local schools in the Puget Sound area. Additional locations include the BMAC Program in Lynnwood, Washington and the Texas Hill Country School in San Marcos, Texas.
Real progress at last
“Often kids make progress for the first time. Teachers are pleased, parents are thrilled and everyone wants us to remain with the child for the duration of their school years.”
– Michael McCormick, BMAC Program Director, Seattle