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Applied Behavior Analysis Overview

Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based scientific discipline of human behavior. It assesses what maintains/causes the behavior (the function), then shapes and changes the behavior to a more appropriate one by making adjustments to the environment.


What's ABA?

Applied behavior analysis focuses on developing appropriate and socially significant behaviors. The process of teaching starts with identifying the individual's repertoire; what is needed is then taught through scientific procedures by building upon the current skillsets the individual has.

The learning process focuses on the delivery of consequence that follows each response, creating a relationship between the response and consequence to change each behavior through positive reinforcement; a method heavily used in ABA to promote each behavior. The consistent delivery of positive reinforcement will increase the likelihood of the individual engaging in the response or behavior that was taught.

Each ABA programming will be tailored to the individual's specific needs.

Who can benefit from ABA?

Typically Developed Children ​

ABA can help any individual, children, or adults. Typically developing individuals can benefit from ABA strategies to improve academic skills such as reading comprehension, mathematics, studying skills, increasing appropriate classroom behaviors, and more. Also, it can teach daily living skills, such as completing chores around the house or community outings. Since ABA focuses only on behavior, it has been proven to be effective with various individuals with an individualized behavior plan.​

Children with Developmental Disabilities​

ABA is one of the most frequently prescribed treatments by neurologists for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, ABA can help any individual regardless of diagnosis. When evaluating a person's problem behaviors and the skills the individual lacks, a diagnosis provides little to no relevant information. While a diagnosis labels an individual's condition, ABA will look at the individual's overall behavior to identify their specific needs and develop an individual behavior plan.


As caregivers, identifying the purposes (functions) of your child's behavior becomes the first step in modifying it. As a result, caregivers are provided with training classes, focusing on providing evidence-based skills and strategies tailored to the child's behavior needs. You will learn to analyze your child's behavior until you can identify its purpose on your own and implement appropriate strategies to prevent and manage the behaviors while always maintaining compassion and understanding towards your child.


Types of Services

In-Home Therapy​

Home is where the foundation is built. Based on the child's developmental stage, necessary skills will be taught. An appropriate replacement behavior that has the same purpose as the problem behavior will be taught in order to decrease challenging behaviors.

Parent Support

Parental participation is key to successful ABA therapy. For parents to implement strategies that therapists implement during sessions, parents will also receive training to achieve consistency and maximize ABA therapy.

Social Skills Group

Social skills group creates an environment to practice. It generalizes social skills, where your child can appropriately interact with other children through activities and games while receiving support from an assigned therapist.

Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Many of our clients receive a variety of therapies aside from ABA therapy. It is best to collaborate with the therapists who work with your child to work towards the same goals together.

School Services

Maximize learning opportunities in the classroom setting by reducing problem behaviors that might be interfering with the learning process. The ultimate goal is for your child to be in a least restrictive environment where they can flourish.

Community Integration

The park, the grocery store, the mall, the bank, and restaurants are just a few places we often go to; going out in the community increases exposure and learning opportunities your child may not experience from only being home and going to school.

Transition Planning

We will plan ahead and prepare your child for major developmental transitions such as classroom readiness to start school, from intensive treatment to social skills group, moving to a less restrictive classroom, going to college, vocational training to obtain a job, or adult training.

Vocational Training

Adulthood is not so far from the future for your child. Vocational skills are develop based on the individual's interests, so they will sustain themselves when it is time to leave the nest.


Unique tutoring services that focus on teaching our students how to acquire study skills and meet academic standards.


An instructional program that ensures its student's progress. Individualized homeschooling programs that focus on critical reading and math skills. Explicit and consistent instructions are delivered to develop the necessary studying skills to sustain academic progress. Daily practice to build fluency and accelerate learning are the pillars of our teaching methods.

Your Child's Team

All practitioners are actively certified with the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

As per Cornerstone policy, your team will be committed to providing treatment to the assigned child for minimum of six months.**

All team members receive monthly training and will also meet every month to go over your child’s progress. 

The treatment plan will be reviewed consistently throughout the treatment and any modifications necessary will be made.

BCaBA and BCBA provide weekly supervision.


Board Certified Behavior Analyst

The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will be responsible for developing a behavior plan, providing initial training on the plan, coordinating with other service providers, designing instructional procedures, monitoring the outcomes, providing oversight for the behavior assistant, and assisting in ongoing planning and problem-solving.


Board Certified Behavior Assistant Analyst

The Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) will facilitate competency-based training for the caregivers regarding the interventions outline within the behavior program; they will complete competency checks on the caregivers’ ability to collect data, implement replacement programs and follow through on the interventions. Competency checks will include demonstration/modeling of the procedures, observation of caregivers implementing replacement/acquisition programs, and corrective feedback when warranted.


Register Behavior Technician

The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) handles most of the child's direct interaction, implementing the acquisition and behavior reduction programs designed and monitored by the BCBA. RBTs create materials and activities to implement treatment programs, collects and graph program data. A BCBA or BCaBA must supervise the RBT for a minimum of 5% of the hours worked.

**Our standard is minimum of six months to prevent frequent and unnecessary changes for out client's wellbeing.

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