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Applied Behavior
Analysis (ABA)


For children and adolescents with autism and their families



A n autism diagnosis. It may not be what you had envisioned for your
child and your family may not know where to turn for guidance, but support
is available. Every parent wants to see their child express themselves, successfully engage with others and reach their full potential. The Child Center’s ABA program can help.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science that uses the principles of learning to help change and teach new behavior. It is the only scientifically validated treatment for autism endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

ABA program placement recommendations are made by clinical supervisors and are based on clinical assessment. Early intervention for ages 1 through 3 years is provided either as an in-home program or a combined center and home program. Children ages 4 through 12 years are eligible for comprehensive programs (minimum of 25 hours per week or more) or focused programs (less than 25 hours per week). Teens ages 13 through 18 years are eligible for focused programs. Group therapy and parent training programs are also available.

 Ages 1 to 3 Years  Early Intervention  Intensive / Focused
 Ages 4 to 12 Years  School Aged Kids  Comprehensive / Focused
 Ages 13 to 18 Years  Teens  Focused


ABA at The Child Center:

Always starts with a conversation: what are your concerns, goals and questions?

Is always based on objective clinical assessment and is individualized to your unique child’s needs.

Incorporates what your child finds fun and motivating!

Works with you, step by step, to decrease behaviors that may be barriers to your child’s learning.

Always replaces problem behaviors with skills so that your child can get their needs met and express themselves, not just “behave well.”

Teaches new skills in small, more manageable parts rather than all at once.

Makes sure the entire family is empowered through ongoing parent training and practice in the natural family environment.

Uses state-of-the-art data technology to collect data and measure progress that parents can view at any time.


Criteria for Services

  1. All clients must have a diagnosis of autism or stereotypy with self-abusive behavior due to neurological dysfunction from a developmental pediatrician or psychologist experienced in the diagnosis of autism;

  2. Documentation of and results from a standardized assessment;

  3. A prescription for ABA services which includes the diagnosis without specifying hours or intensity;

  4. Less intensive therapy has been shown to be ineffective by historical record or current clinical assessment;

  5. Copy of existing or past Individual Education Plans (IEP) as applicable;

  6. Notes from well-child visits or other medical professionals as applicable.


Each family within the ABA program is part of a Circle of Care that includes a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). These highly skilled clinicians develop and oversee individualized treatment for each family. The Circle of Care also includes highly trained Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) or Registered Behavior Analysis Interventionists (RBAIs) who provide 1:1 implement treatment plans and provide 1:1 therapy with your child. This Circle of Care may also extend to your child’s schoolteachers, day care providers, medical providers, speech therapists and occupational therapists.

   What does it stand for?  What does it mean?
 B.C.B.A.     Board Certified Behavior Analyst  Master’s level clinician
 B.C.a.B.A.     Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst  Bachelor’s level clinician; must be supervised by a B.C.B.A.
 R.B.T.      Registered Behavior Technician  Paraprofessional with 40 hours professional training in ABA; has passed
 national BACB exam for credential; supervised by a B.C.B.A. and/or B.C.a.B.A
 B.A.I.      Behavior Analysis Interventionist  Paraprofessional with 40 hours professional training in ABA; has passed state
 competency exam for licensure; supervised by a B.C.B.A. and/or B.C.a.B.A.
For more information please visit www.BACB.com

ABA is endorsed as an effective scientific treatment for autism by:

U.S. Surgeon General

American Academy of Neurology

American Academy of Family Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Occupational Therapy Association

American Psychological Association

American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Autism Society of America

National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

National Institute of Mental Health

ABA Program Cost

We currently serve Trillium members and can bill through the Oregon Health Plan, a federal program available to those who are eligible. Please call us for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What types of skills can ABA be used for?
    The wonderful part about ABA is that it can be applied to any and ALL behavior. Here are just a few examples of common areas that ABA is used to help children with Autism with:
        Tolerating transitions and changes
        Pretend play and turn-taking
        Winning and losing
        Community outings
        Safety walks

  2. How many hours of ABA does my child need?
    No clinician of any kind can or should predetermine the number of hours your child will receive. All service requests for treatment hours are individually based on systematic clinical assessment. The clinical supervisor will always review these results and recommendations with you to ensure you are informed and confident regarding the recommendation.

  3. Why is parent training and parent participation such a big part of ABA at The Child Center?
    Scientific research (empirical, peer-reviewed studies) have continuously demonstrated that the effect of parent participation and training in ABA services for autism increase the long-term success of treatment. The child’s environment is the main focus of intervention; if the environment (i.e. the behavior of others interacting with the child) does not change, the child’s behavior will not change and progress will not last.

  4. How long will it take before my child stops [throwing tantrums, biting people, ignoring me, using only 3 words to communicate, etc.]?
    Again, no clinician should ever offer promises or guarantees regarding your child’s behavior or development. ABA relies on constant, objective data collection to make decisions about your child’s programming. Decisions for treatment are not based on opinions or feelings. The RBT or BAI working with your family will be equipped with a device with state of the art data collection software. Graphs are continuously monitored by your clinical supervisor and reviewed with you to assess progress.

Please visit the following websites for more information regarding autism, ABA and ABA research: