Autism Center

At UP Autism Center, we use the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach your child:



     Social Skills

     Play Skills

     Self Care Skills, including Potty Training

Our unique, clinic-based setting allows us to provide 1 on 1 intervention to teach life-changing skills while decreasing behaviors that may interfere with your child's ability to learn.

       What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

    By definition, "Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful   degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior“ (Baer, Wolf and Risley, 1968).

     We use ABA to teach skills and behaviors that are important to you and your family. We teach in a way that has been scientifically proven to work for children with autism. We collect data on your child's progress in order to determine which teaching methods are working and which methods need to be modified.

      There are many teaching methods that fall under the umbrella of ABA. At UP Autism Center we primarily use a play-based and child-led approach to therapy. Strategies such as prompting, chaining and shaping are used to teach self-care skills such as potty training, hand washing, dressing, and meal preparation. Play skills, imitation skills, and conversation skills are addressed with Natural Environment Teaching. Positive reinforcement is consistently applied in order to increase desirable behaviors that will replace negative behaviors.  Your child will have a behavior technician who works with him throughout each day to teach new skills while also promoting play and interaction with other children.

                                                                                                                      Baer, D.M., Wolf, M.M., & Risley, T.R. (1968).

Some current dimensions of applied behavior analysis.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 1, 91-97.