Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis

The Children’s Center for Therapy and Learning provides direct one on one behavior therapy through the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) sometimes interchanged with term Verbal Behavior as the main teaching component. ABA utilizes procedures derived from the principles of behavior in order to systematically improve behaviors. It involves using a teaching technique or process used to develop many skills, including cognitive, communication, play, social, motor and self help skills.

The teaching strategy involves breaking skills into the smallest steps and teaching each step of the skill intensively until it is considered “mastered”.ABA provides ample repetition, prompting and fading, and positive reinforcement procedures.

ABA services are typically provided intensively in a collaborative program involving parents and other related therapies that a client has been identified as needing during their initial evaluation. Skills are taught in an intensive manner until they are mastered and then they are worked on in other environments such as home, school, or the community.


Client Testimonies

January 05, 2011

Posted by Sabrina

My two year old son went to the Children’s Center after spending a year at another therepy center. The first couple of weeks I saw a difference in my son. Dana, the Director, is amazing. She is not only a great speech pathologist but she also knows about other therapies. After a couple of visits she told me that my son was exhibiting immature hand posture and low muscle tone. She urged me to get an OT and PT evaluation. We found that my son was also significantly delayed in these areas as well. I went to see a Neorologist who within our 20 minute session diagnosed my son with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I told Dana the diagnosis and without hesitation she STRONGLY disagreed. She then urged me to get an MRI. So I did just that and thank goodness we did. The MRI found a cyst in my son’s brain. The cyst was putting pressure on the brain stem and shifted the midline of the brain. This surgeons believe this may be the cause of my … to the Children’s Center after spending a year at another therepy center. The first couple of weeks I saw a difference in my son. Dana, the Director, is amazing. She is not only a great speech pathologist but she also knows about other therapies. After a couple of visits she told me that my son was exhibiting immature hand posture and low muscle tone. She urged me to get an OT and PT evaluation. We found that my son was also significantly delayed in these areas as well. I went to see a Neorologist who within our 20 minute session diagnosed my son with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I told Dana the diagnosis and without hesitation she STRONGLY disagreed. She then urged me to get an MRI. So I did just that and thank goodness we did. The MRI found a cyst in my son’s brain. The cyst was putting pressure on the brain stem and shifted the midline of the brain. This surgeons believe this may be the cause of my son’s delays! It takes a lot of confidence and courage to tell someone not to go with what a neurologist says…most people would have found a new SP. Thank you Dana for advocating for my son. The world needs more professionals like you who care more about the patient and less about the financial benefit.


August 10, 2009

Posted by One Mom

“Our boys made great progress, the training you provided to us at the end as well as the feedback were really helpful. We would like to come back next year”


August 09, 2008

Posted by One Mom

“My son made great progress and is thriving in his new class. At the end of last school year it was recommended that he start this school year with a shadow, but now thankfully that is not going to be necessary. He is functioning well in a typical classroom without any additional support.”


November 19, 2008

Posted by One Mom

After originally starting my daughter with another therapy center (for her speech, or lack there of), I moved my daughter to Children’s Center for Therapy & Learning and couldn’t be happier with her progress. My daughter has been going to Children’s Center for just under a years time. The improvement we have seen is truly amazing. I have had parents at my daughters school approach me as well as her teacher to tell me how verbal she has become,how well her speech has improved etc…. The facility is always clean and inviting. The staff is professional and friendly.


August 28, 2008

Posted by One Mom

“The changes in my child were tremendous. I received a call from my child’s school this year and I was so worried that they were going to say something bad like last year. They asked me what I did this summer and I told them about your camp, they now want to see if you can come to my son’s school to work with the other children”


February 08, 2007

Posted by One Mom

“Children’s Center For Therapy & Learning … our 2-year-old was not talking at all and we have seen great progress since starting therapy here… a nice, spacious facility… a wonderful new therapy room has a great rock climbing wall and other exciting therapy tools… a warm loving …”?


April 07, 2005

Posted by One Mom

“Professional, team-approach services for all of your needs. Speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, tutoring, behavior intervention, psychotherapy. Warm loving environment. Knowledgeable staff. We have seen incredible results with our children’s speech.”


March 23, 2004

Posted by One Mom

Not doctor, but speech therapist. Excellent and reasonable.