ABA SERVICE PROVIDERS IDENTIFIED BY PARENTS (2013
Below you will find a selected list of ABA Service providers (including schools, agencies, and individual professionals) suggested by some CT FEAT parents. This does NOT mean that CT FEAT recommends them.
Only parents can nominate providers for inclusion on this list. In most cases, CT FEAT will require multiple recommendations before adding a provider to the list If you are a parent who would like to nominate a professional, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and give your reasons for doing so.
CT Parents who are interested in learning the often varying opinions of other parents regarding these providers can network with each other via the CT FEAT Internet Discussion Group.
For more information regarding how to select an ABA Service Provider see: A Special Note to Parents Concerning Considerations in Choosing an ABA Consultant, Program or School.
ACES (Area Cooperative Educational Services)
Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) is a Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) for the twenty-five school districts in south central Connecticut. ACES Behavior Services Center (BSC) offers a variety of programs which serve students with autism and other learning disorders. In addition to running its own specialized school programs (described below), BSC also provides behavioral consultation to school districts, staff and parent training, and in-home programs for students with autism and related disorders.
The Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) Program, housed at ACES Village School in North Haven, is designed for young children and utilizes a highly structured approach to teaching based in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The Science-Based Approaches to Independence and Life Skills (SAILS) program, servicing adolescents and young adults, is housed at the Center for Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders in Northford. Each educational team is co-led by a state-certified Special Education teacher and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
ACHIEVE FLUENCY, LLC
Achieve Fluency (AF) is a private learning center providing tutoring and consulting services to families and school districts. AF seeks to help children with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities develop strong foundations in communication, academics, social skills and other areas that increase their quality of life. AF serves students with a wide range of ages and abilities and use positive teaching methods based on the most current science, including applied behavior analysis (ABA) and Precision Teaching. All staff members have formal training in behavior analysis and extensive experience teaching children with autism and related disabilities.
AUTISM & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES CENTER
Directed by Thomas Zwicker, BCBA-D, and a division of Easter Seals, the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Center provide high quality evaluation and treatment services for children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities. Services include home-based ABA services, school consultations,parent training in ABA concepts, and family support programs.
THE CENTER FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Since 2002, the Center for Growth & Development (CGD), Inc. has been providing verbal behavior-based ABA services to children with Autism and related disorders. Each child’s program is developed and overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). CGD uses the most effective teaching strategies and strives to develop thoughtful, child-centered programs. On-site services are available in their Wilton, CT location. In-home services are available throughout the tri-state area.
CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT (CCCD)
Milford , CT
Established in 1995, CCCD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with autism and related disorders by providing educational opportunities utilizing established, empirically validated teaching strategies. CCCD operates both private schools and outreach programs. Related services include assessment, program development, training, supervision, consultation and direct instruction utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis.
Stamford and Wilton, CT
Founded in 2003 by two speech and language therapists and initially focused on treating speech disorders, Connec-to-Talk has more recently branched out to include ABA therapy as a primary service as well. There are two Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) on staff and they are particularly interested in the Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) model of ABA treatment developed at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Koegel Autism Center.
CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS, LLC
East Granby, CT
Creative Interventions (CI) is dedicated to improving the lives of children on the autism spectrum. Intervention is individually designed to help each child reach his or her potential. Services offered include: ABA consultation to families, schools and agencies, social skills instruction, parent training, assessment, and behavior management programs. CI serves towns across Connecticut and accepts health insurance.
INNOVATIVE AUTISM NETWORK (IAN)
IAN is directed by Marcela O. Nunez, M.A. a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has been working with autism and special needs children for over 12 years. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Hartford and a masters from Columbia University. IAN has developed and overseen programs in various school districts, Birth to Three agencies, private practices and homes in Connecticut.
THE INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
The Institute of Professional Practice (IPP) is a private, non-profit human service and educational organization serving people with disabilities in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. IPP’s Connecticut office has a Consultation and Training Group providing behavioral and educational support to children with autism. Services are provided in both home and school settings and include: comprehensive educational services to young children; functional behavior assessment and program development for children with behavior challenges; teacher and parent training; and classroom management services. IPP’s CT office is directed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and employs staff specializing in autism and the prevention and management of behaviors that impede learning.
707/709 Enfield Street
Enfield, CT 06082
Interlocking Connections is a partnership of professionals skilled at behavior analytic, educational, and therapeutically based interventions.
LEARN INTENSIVE SERVICES PROGRAM
Old Lyme, CT
This program is a division of LEARN, a regional educational service center (RESC) serving 25 school districts in southeastern/shoreline Connecticut. The Intensive Services Program offers a wide array of training and intervention programs based in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
THE MAY CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT
The May Center is one of the largest providers of services and special education schools for children and adults with autism and other special needs in the U.S. With corporate headquarters in Randolph, Mass., the Institute operates nearly 200 service locations in more than a dozen states across the country. The West Springfield, MA Division of School and Family Consultation offers school consultation, intensive in-home services, and parent education throughout western Massachusetts, southern Vermont, and Connecticut. The May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Randolph, MA, offers a comprehensive set of educational and behavioral services to children and their families, private agencies, and public schools throughout the New England region. Consultation may be provided on an individual basis, to a program, or to an entire school district. All of the May Center’s services are evidence-based and applied behavior analysis (ABA), in particular, is a mainstay of its early intervention programs.
MELISSA OLIVE, BCBA-D
New Haven, CT
Melissa Olive’s consulting group, Applied Behavioral Strategies (ABS), provides consultation, assessment, training and intervention services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. She has special expertise in treating challenging behaviors and feeding disorders. ABS also offers online “webinar” workshops and is an approved Continuing Education provider for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.
MICHELLE RAGOZZINE AND ASSOCIATES
This firm offers individual, family and school consultation services to a variety of populations, including individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. The director is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The firm offers the following ABA based services: Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Picture Exchange Systems (PECS), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), School Shadows, and Play Date Facilitation.
PROGRAM BUILDERS LEARNING CENTER
Program Builders offers highly structured ABA programs in a collaborative trans-disciplinary environment to increase independence. Outreach programs extend into home and school environments to teach parents and teachers the methods of ABA. They work with private clients, school districts, health insurance companies, and state programs.
THE RIVER STREET AUTISM PROGRAM (RSAP)
RSAP is a division of the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), one of the state’s six Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs), serving 36 towns in Greater Hartford. Through its facilities in Windsor and Hartford, the RSAPs provide children on the autism spectrum with intervention programs, both home and school-based, using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). RSAP also consults with school districts on developing early intervention and preschool programs.
THE RIVER STREET AUTISM PROGRAM AT COLTSVILLE (RSAPC)
RSAPC provides intensive, year-round, school-based behavioral intervention to children with autism spectrum disorders 3-15 years of age. Classrooms provide services to PRESCHOOL (3-5 years) and TRANSITION (6-15 years) students. The intensive program is highly individualized and can be crafted to meet the requirements of the IEP with respect to length of day (up to 8 hours) and length of school year (up to 240 days). Intervention is provided through one-to-one instruction, based in principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). All staff receive training and daily oversight from supervisors who are certified through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) and thoroughly trained in behavioral intervention for children with autism.
*A SPECIAL NOTE TO
PARENTS: CONSIDERATIONS IN CHOOSING AN ABA CONSULTANT, PROGRAM, OR
Keep in mind that that not all ABA professionals are autism specialists. And not all autism specialists are able to treat effectively all kids on the autism spectrum. For example, many who are skilled at providing Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) to three-year-olds with autistic disorder lack the appropriate experience to make treatment recommendations for older or more mildly impaired children on the spectrum.
This is also true for therapists. The same person, who excels at teaching a nonverbal three-year-old how to sit in a chair or pay attention, may be clueless when it comes to teaching an older Asperger Syndrome child how to make appropriate comments in a social conversation or refrain from self-stimulatory behaviors.
Furthermore, not all educational settings are optimal for all kids. A child who might do wonderfully in a home program might do comparatively poorly in an autism school, and vice versa. One child might be best served by an inclusionary setting while another might make more progress in a more specialized environment. You’ll need to educate yourself about all the available options so as to assess what best meets your individual child’s special needs.
Consumers also need to educate themselves regarding the minimal qualifications that an ABA provider should have. For more information on these qualifications, see the Guidelines published by the Association for Behavior Analysis International: www.abainternational.org/Special_Interests/AutGuidelines.pdf