The Peter Haje Center for Autism


The Peter Haje Center for Autism at New Alternatives for Children is one of many programs within NAC’s Mental Health Clinic, as part of the Comprehensive Healthcare Clinic. NAC’s Mental Health Clinic provides a full range of psychiatric and psychological services, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy. NAC provides ABA therapy as part of it’s Family Centered Treatment approach. Parents and caregivers are critical contributors to treatment, and valued members of each ABA treatment team.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), is a scientifically based intervention that is used to increase socially valuable behavior and reduce socially isolating behaviors in children and adults. ABA is a well-researched therapy and is the recommended “gold standard” therapy for children and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

ABA therapy involves many different interventions including, but not limited to, environmental modification, antecedent interventions, prompting, and reinforcement systems. ABA therapy can be used to reduce serious problem behavior, such as self-injurious and aggressive behaviors, by examining the function of the behavior and teaching an appropriate replacement behavior. ABA therapy is used to teach an array of skills, such as functional communication, adaptive daily living skills, leisure and social skills, as well as vocational skills for teens and adults.

Who delivers ABA therapy?

An assessment of skills and a subsequent ABA treatment plan is created by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA).

  • A BCBA/LBA is an expert in the field of Behavior Analysis. This individual leads all ABA treatment teams, and serves as the Supervisor, Clinician and Parent Trainer.

  • A Behavior Technician (BT) is a person who has received training to deliver ABA therapy.

  • A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is a person who has received extensive training in ABA and is registered with the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

A Behavior Technician or a Registered Behavior Technician work hands on with children and adults in treatment, delivering services as outlined in their treatment plan. A typical ABA Team at NAC will consist of a BCBA/LBA, a BT or RBT, the client and their family members, and if needed a Psychiatrist or Psychologist.

What are the Expected Outcomes of ABA Therapy

ABA therapy has been scientifically studied for over 50 years. Documented research has shown that ABA can be used to reduce many dangerous and socially isolating behaviors, as well as increase behaviors that lead to independence. Specifically, the following outcomes are expected through the process of therapy:

  • Reduction in self-injurious and aggressive behavior

  • Increased functional communication

  • Increased adaptive daily living skills

  • Increased social skills and social awareness

  • Increased ability to attend to tasks

  • Generalization of learned skills across a variety of environments and people

Current accepted insurances: Cigna, Beacon Health Options, Optum (Oxford and United Health Care)

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