Some Mostly Asked FAQ’s

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Frequently Asked Questions

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. It is characterized by a range of symptoms, including challenges in social skills, repetitive behaviors, sensory sensitivities, and difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication. Autism varies widely in its severity and presentation, with each individual having unique strengths and challenges. 

Early intervention is crucial for children with Autism. Research has consistently shown that starting services as early as possible can lead to better outcomes in terms of communication, social skills, and overall development. The young brain is highly plastic, meaning it is more adaptable and responsive to intervention during the early years. By providing specialized services and support during this critical period, we can maximize a child’s potential for growth and enhance their quality of life.

Yes,  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based science that utilizes systematic observation, measurement, and analysis of behavior to bring about meaningful behavior change in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. It is supported by extensive research demonstrating its effectiveness in improving skill acquisition, reducing challenging behaviors, enhancing communication and social skills, and promoting independence. ABA programs are individualized, data-driven, and tailored to the specific needs and goals of each individual. This scientific approach is important because it ensures that interventions are based on sound evidence and designed to produce meaningful outcomes. By using ABA, practitioners can provide effective and personalized support, empowering individuals with ASD to reach their full potential and improve their overall quality of life. 

ABA services can be delivered in two primary settings: in-home and at a center. Both settings have their unique advantages and considerations, and the choice depends on the individual’s needs and preferences.

In-Home ABA Services: In-home ABA services are provided within the individual’s own residence. This setting offers the advantage of familiarity, comfort, and convenience. A qualified behavior therapist or registered behavior technician (RBT) will work directly with the individual in their home environment. The therapist will implement individualized treatment plans designed to target specific goals and address the individual’s needs. In-home services often involve one-on-one therapy, allowing for focused attention and personalized interventions. Additionally, in-home ABA services provide opportunities for caregivers and family members to actively participate in the therapy process, enabling them to learn techniques and strategies to support the individual’s progress in daily routines and activities.

Center-Based ABA Services: Center-based ABA services take place in a dedicated facility or center specifically designed to support the learning and development of individuals with ASD. These centers are equipped with various resources, materials, and specialized areas to create a structured and engaging environment. The center-based approach allows individuals to engage in group activities, social interactions, and learning opportunities with their peers. A team of trained professionals, including behavior analysts and RBTs, facilitate individual and group sessions, implementing evidence-based interventions and addressing specific goals. Center-based services offer a structured routine, access to a range of materials, and opportunities for socialization and generalization of skills beyond the therapy setting.

Both in-home and center-based ABA services share common elements, such as individualized treatment plans, data collection, ongoing assessment, and a focus on promoting positive behavior change. However, the choice between the two depends on factors such as the individual’s needs, preferences, available resources, and the level of support required.

Ultimately, the goal of ABA services, regardless of the setting, is to provide targeted interventions, promote skill acquisition, improve communication and social interactions, reduce challenging behaviors, and enhance overall functioning and independence. Whether delivered in-home or at a center, ABA services aim to maximize the potential for growth and success in individuals with ASD.

Both in-home and center-based ABA therapy have demonstrated positive outcomes for individuals with Autism. Here are some key statistics:


  • In a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, it was found that children who received intensive ABA therapy showed substantial improvements in cognitive and language skills, as well as a reduction in challenging behaviors.
  • According to research published in Pediatrics, children who received 20 or more hours of ABA therapy per week made significant gains in IQ, language skills, and adaptive behavior compared to those receiving fewer hours of therapy.
  • In a comprehensive review of studies conducted by the National Autism Center, it was found that early, intensive behavioral intervention, such as ABA therapy, resulted in significant improvements in language, cognitive abilities, and adaptive skills.


These statistics highlight the effectiveness of ABA therapy, both in-home and center-based, in promoting positive developmental outcomes for children on the autism spectrum.

Remember, every child is unique, and outcomes may vary. It’s important to consult with professionals and develop an individualized treatment plan that best meets the needs of your child.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We are here to provide guidance and support on your journey toward helping your child thrive. 

The reaction from parents when they first hear of their child’s diagnosis with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is nearly universal: their first question is whether or not there is a cure for the disease.

Everyone needs hope and no one likes to deliver disappointing news. Instead of an answer, most of those parents are instead pointed to common treatment options, usually including intensive courses of applied behavior analysis.

Although it is a common (and the only scientifically-proven) treatment for autism, ABA is not a cure for the disorder. In fact, most professionals believe that there is no cure for ASD. (ABAE)

Most parents find out about their child’s disorder in a similar fashion. However, it can be difficult for many new parents to identify autism symptoms because those symptoms can vary considerably and even overlap with other disorders or even with unusual behaviors that are nonetheless found even in neurotypical children. Common narratives revolve around children struggling to make eye contact, sounds made as a baby are different, not responding when the child’s’ name is called, among others.

All autism symptoms find root in one of three different categories:


  • Communication
  • Social skills
  • Behavioral patterns


No single category or symptom necessarily means that a child has autism. However, a combination of these at least means that it is time to get a professional opinion.(ABAE)

Autism typically manifests before a child reaches the age of two, although for some Level One cases it may not become clear until as late as eleven.

The CDC (Centers of Disease Control) recommends that all children be professionally screened at 18 & 24 months. 

Most autism diagnoses begin with a screening tool such as the M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers), Ages and Stages Questionnaire, PEDS (Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status) or other type of questionnaire.

An M-CHAT, for example, is simply a list of questions asking parents about their child’s reactions in certain common situations. For example, they are asked if the child will look at an object if someone points at it, or if the child likes to climb on objects. Although by themselves, none of the questions necessarily indicates a problem, if enough fit the ASD profile, further screening is recommended.

A doctor or psychologist, usually in one of the following specialties, would typically perform that screening:


  • Developmental pediatrician
  • Child neurologist
  • Child psychologist or psychiatrist


There are many advanced diagnostic tools used by those professionals in ASD testing, including:


  • Autism Diagnosis Interview – Revised
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Generic
  • Child Autism Rating Scale
  • Gilliam Autism Rating Scale – Second Edition


None of these are used in isolation, however; the specialist will use one or more in combination with their own directed analysis of the child against the DSM-5 criteria. (ABAE)

These are home-based services that are founded on a team approach, within a child’s home. The team would comprise of Behavioral Therapists, specialists from early intervention programs or public schools, and family members, who all work cohesively to provide intensive services. Supervision is provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Research supports intensive services produce the best outcomes for children on the Autism Spectrum (Lovaas, 1987) (adapted from BABAS).