Applied Behavior Analysis


What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific evidence-based practice, using goal-driven data to reduce harmful or distracting behaviors, while increasing desired behaviors that promote learning and independence geared towards people on the Autism Spectrum and other disorders. ABA helps to generalize behaviors across environments. Using assessments and observations, BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analysts) create client-specific programs that aim to improve competences such as, communication and social skills, while aiming to decrease maladaptive behaviors. Goals are assessed frequently to evaluate program efficacy. Parent involvement is critical in ABA. This is because we want to work together to provide skills for your child to reach a level of independence where they no longer need us.

What to expect

  • One to one instructional approach
  • Comprehensive intervention
  • Naturalistic setting to promote generalization of skills
  • Social interaction
  • Communication
  • Parent Training
  • Discrete Trial Training
  • Self-help skills
  • Personal safety skills
  • Vocational skills

What makes us different?

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  • Grocery store
  • Adaptive Training restroom
  • Sensory/calming room
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Helpful Links for Families

General Autism Resources
State and County Support


What is the purpose of ABA?

ABA is a scientific, evidence-based discipline that strives to understand and improve socially significant behaviors. ABA analyzes the interactions between people and their environment to determine the effects the environment has on a person’s behavior. This is performed by finding the function of the behavior.

What all is involved in ABA?

ABA involves a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) assessing and creating an individualized treatment plan with objective goals for each client. Using a measurement system to track progress, BCBA’s create a visual analysis of the individual’s skills over time. A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) implements treatment plans created by the BCBA and works in conjunction with them to address goals such as social, communication, self-advocacy, and independence skills. 

How long are ABA sessions?

ABA sessions at Cutting Edge can range from 2-3 hours. Our pediatric patients come Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00AM-3:00PM, and our adolescent and adult patients come Monday-Friday between the hours of 3:30-5:30PM.

What is the caregiver's role in ABA?

The caregiver role in ABA therapy is to ensure behaviors learned with your child’s ABA team is transferred across environments. Each child and family has different needs, so the level of involvement will vary case by case.

What insurances does CEPT take?
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • UHC
  • Aetna

Insurance will only approve ABA treatment with an Autism diagnosis.

Will the ABA program help with IEPs, ARDs, and school?

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