Center-based Services

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) services in our centers help children build skills and reduce problem behaviors.



Learn about why we focus on center-based programs for young children with ASD, by Dr. Ivy Chong


These early childhood services, based on ABA, target the core characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through interventions that focus on communication, social, play, and daily living skills. We tailor instruction to be developmentally appropriate for early learners and use materials, toys, and activities that are preferred by the child and family.


Evidence-based services

  • An initial comprehensive assessment to determine the strengths and challenges of the child 
  • Collaboration with the family to develop an individualized treatment plan
  • Development of a behavior support plan to address challenging behaviors
  • Individualized instruction based on the child’s assessment and treatment objectives 
  • A daily schedule that includes developmental play and group activities, circle time, one-on-one instruction, and snacks and lunch
  • Discrete trial instruction and focus on teaching social and adaptive behavior skills as well as toileting, eating, and dressing skills
  • Real-time data collection in each session to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions
  • A learning environment to help prepare the child for the transition to a typical school day
  • Oversight of all services by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Parents whose children attend the center can receive parent training and consultation at the center or in their home. Parent consultation focuses on teaching parents to work with their children to reduce problematic behavior and generalize, or transfer, skills they learn at the center to their home setting.

What to expect:

An initial assessment is conducted to evaluate the child's current strengths and weaknesses. Both standardized testing and criterion assessments will be conducted, as needed, and reviewed with the family. Following the initial assessment, one-to-one treatment services are provided using a blend of discrete trial and naturalistic teaching strategies. The focus of intensive services is to ensure each child meets the communication and related goals necessary to participate in the least restrictive educational environment possible.