Intensive ABA Therapy
ABA Therapy Tailored To Your Child’s Needs
After your child’s initial evaluation, our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts will design a customized intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program specifically for your child. In a caring and supportive environment, your child will receive one-on-one individualized therapy, focusing on communication and social skills to enable their success. You will meet with your child’s therapist monthly to review successes, goals for the following month, and tactics used to carry over their success into your home environment.
Our Intensive ABA Therapy Addresses Common Difficulties
We understand the trials of everyday life at home, school, and in social settings when you have a child with autism. Your child’s customized intensive ABA therapy program will include specific protocols and teaching methods proven to reduce unwanted behaviors and teach developmentally appropriate skills for your child. Our goal is to provide the most effective behavior analytic services for your child and family in a joyful, respectful, caring, and playful environment.
Language & Communication Abilities
Why We Are Uniquely Qualified To Help Your Child
- Highly-Trained Staff
Our therapists are all Board Certified Behavior Analysts who possess a desire to help children reach their full potential. Each member of our team is ready and qualified to work with you and your child throughout their intensive ABA therapy program.
- Welcoming Atmosphere
All of our centers feature a caring and positive environment that fosters learning and growth for your child to progress through the goals set in their individualized intensive ABA therapy program.
- Healthy Instruction and Play Balance
Your child’s personalized intensive ABA therapy program includes the perfect balance of direct instruction through table time activities and natural environment/play-based learning. We aim to prepare children for success in school by teaching the skills necessary and creating opportunities to practice those skills in a more flexible environment that is based on your child’s specific needs.
Managing Your Child’s Intensive ABA Therapy Program
We will develop an intensive ABA therapy program specifically designed for your child and partner with you to determine and schedule the recommended therapy visits per week. Partnering with the families of children with autism is a critical key to the success of intensive ABA therapy, which is why our intensive ABA therapy takes a global, more holistic view of your child rather than simply focusing on what your child does in a therapy session.
Meet Our Dedicated Team Of Clinic Directors
Each one of our clinic directors shares the same goal: to help your child succeed and create a better, more positive family relationship. Our directors respect and care for the clients, their families, and one another and find joy in every accomplishment, no matter how big or small.
Kaitlin Watson, BCBA | Clinic Director
Kaitlin has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in ABA from University of Maryland-Baltimore County. She has experience with functional assessment, program development, social skills, parent and staff training.
Destinee Marz, BCBA | Clinic Director
Upper Marlboro Clinic
Destinee earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from West Virginia University with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She has experience with social skills, program development, staff and parent training, and assessments.
Kate Reis, BCBA | Clinic Director
Severna Park Clinic
Kate holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and a Post-Master’s Certificate in ABA from Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in early intervention, behavior reduction, and assessment procedures.
Cassandra Davis, BCBA | Clinic Director
Cassy holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Goucher College. She enjoys early intervention, problem behavior reduction and watching her clients work towards becoming more independent.
Jenny Richardson, BCBA
Jenny began her career a special education teacher with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorders for 10 years before becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through the Florida Institute of Technology and a Maryland Licensed Behavior Analyst. Jenny is passionate about verbal behavior and natural environment teaching.
Brittney Mabry, BCBA
Severna Park Clinic
Brittney holds a Bacherlor’s in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Development from the University of Alabama, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in ABA from Arizona State University. Her interests and experience include verbal behavior, early intervention, behavior assessment, program development and analysis, and caregiver training.
Emily Mata, BCBA
Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston College and a Master’s of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in ABA from Arizona State University. Emily’s interests include early intervention, verbal behavior, social skills training and collaborating with teachers.
Justine Lee, BCBA
Justine was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland, University College, a Master of Arts in ABA from Ball State University, and holds a certificate in Autism. Her passion is in early childhood intervention and she has worked with children ranging from ages 2 to 10.
Frequently Asked Questions
ABA therapy teaches to learn in a variety of areas by breaking down skills into small steps. Steps are arranged in a clear and logical hierarchy and taught one at a time. Skills focused on through ABA therapy include language skills, behavioral skills, cognitive skills, social skills, self-help skills, motor skills, and playing skills.
Indicators of ASD:
· Impairments in Initiation and Response to Social or Play Interactions
· Failure to Respond When Their Name is called or Other Attempts are Made to Garner the Child’s Attention
· Difficulty Making and Sustaining Eye Contact
· Failure to Share Enjoyment of Toys or Activities by Pointing or Showing Things to Others
· Lack of Understanding that Other People Have Different Information, Feelings, and Goals
· Impairments in Language Development
· Repeated Use of Certain Phrases Over and Over (Known as Echolalia)
· Impairments in Social Skills Required to Communicate (i.e., Appropriately Entering and Exiting Conversations, Staying on Topic, Making Eye Contact, Recognizing Humor or Sarcasm, etc.)
· Absence or Impairment of Imaginative or Social Play
· Restricted Interests Abnormal in Intensity and Focus
*Please note: this is not an exhaustive list. If you are concerned about your child’s development, talk with your pediatrician, and check your child’s milestones against our list of developmental milestones.
· Repetitive and Stereotyped Behaviors
· Inflexible Adherence to Specific Routines or Rituals
We want and expect you to participate in your child’s therapy! You are an important member of your child’s treatment team. Through parent meetings and training, we will help you learn to apply at home the same techniques we use in the clinic so that your child uses their new skills at home, too.
ABA is the most researched treatment for autism and has been proven to be the most effective treatment for autism. When deciding where to invest time, energy, and resources, ABA is the most proven way to increase socially significant behavior, including speech and language, for children with autism. From Functional Communication Training to Verbal Behavior to shaping articulation, ABA is effective at improving speech and language.
We accept most major insurance plans and are always adding to our list. We are in-network with the following plans:
- United Health Care
- Johns Hopkins
- Kaiser Permanente
- Humana Commercial Plans
- Beacon Commercial Plans
- All Blues Plans
Before beginning services, we will verify your insurance benefits and will tell you what your out of pocket expenses will be since this varies from insurance plan to insurance plan.
Severna Park Clinic
Upper Marlboro Clinic