Applied Behavior Analysis

What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis is the process of systematically applying evidence-based interventions to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior.
Typically developing children learn without our intervention–the world around them provides the right conditions to learn the language, play, and social skills. Children with autism learn less easily from the environment. ABA has proven to be instrumental in teaching children with autism the skills necessary to function in today’s society.

Skill Assessment

The PEAK Modules are used by One Counseling to assess and implement the interventions needed for home based ABA programs.

PEAK (Promoting the Emergence of Advanced Knowledge) is a series of 4 modules developed by Mark R. Dixon, Ph.D., BCBA-D. The modules are used to assess and teach the language and cognitive skills of those with disabilities. PEAK is intended to fill the individual’s gaps in his/her learning repertoire.

Social Skills

Social skills groups will be led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The format of the group will depend on the individual client’s needs. The formats typically used are one-on-one instruction and instruction with typical peers.

Emotional Regulation

Emotional Regulation can be difficult for typical children and even more difficult for those with disabilities. The Zones of Regulation was developed by Leah Kuypers to provide a framework to foster self-regulation and emotional control. The Zones of Regulation is taught during a 10-12 hour course (depending on the client’s needs).

About the provider

Marissa Cline, BCBAMarissa Cline is a Behavioral Analyst who works with a broad range of children and adults. Marissa works with spectrum-related population providing social skills groups, emotional regulation, behavioral support as well as language and reading comprehension. She is able to provide support to families in the school systems with attending IEP and evaluating children’s needs in the classroom. Marissa is able to accept insurance plans that allow her services to be covered. Marissa’s approach is meeting the client where they are at and adapting her programs to meet their needs

Executive Functioning

Executive Functioning Skills are cognitive processes such as planning, organizing, making decisions, paying attention, regulating behavior, solving problems, and evaluating choices. These skills are vital to be successful in school, both academically and socially. The curriculum used to teach these executive functioning skills is based on the logical sequence of teaching and learning experiences in the classroom. The areas of concentration are classroom structure, materials management, time management, study strategies, goal setting, decision making and learning strengths.

Individualized Behavior Intervention

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst will develop an individualized behavioral intervention plan (BIP) for your child. All BIP’s are evidence-based ABA interventions. A problem behavior, with the right plan, can be replaced with an appropriate, socially acceptable behavior.

Language Comprehension

Language comprehension is the ability to connect to and interpret the meaning of both oral and written language. While many children are fluent readers, they are not able to comprehend what they read. As we read, we form pictures in our mind that helps us understand what we are reading. Not everyone forms pictures as they read. Visualizing and Verbalizing by Lindamood-Bell develops concept imagery: the ability to create mental representations and integrate them with language.

IEP consultation

Many parents are overwhelmed by their child’s Individualized Education Plan. It can be beneficial to have someone else look at your child’s IEP and make recommendations based on the individual child. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst is available to review and make goal recommendations for your child’s IEP.