Easterseals Tennessee provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy services to children, teens and young adults with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum disorder(F84.0), ages 18 months-21 years old.
Autism and ABA
Autism is a developmental disorder that greatly impacts the individuals' ability to communicate and engage in appropriate social interactions. Becase autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has their own unique strengths and challenges. It is up to the clinical team, with the assistance of the family to discover these strengths and challenges. Then we teach each client in the way that he/she learns best using highly individualized treatment plans.
ABA is an evidence based best practice treatment used to increase skill acquisition and to decrease maladaptive behaviors in individuals. It is currently the most effective form of therapy for people on the autism spectrum. ABA uses various principles such as positive reinforcement, task analysis, prompt fading, preference assessments, shaping, discrimination training, and more to bring about meaningful changes in the participating individual. At Easterseals TN we utilize various ABA teaching procedures including Verbal Behavior, Discrete Trial Training (DTT), and Natural Environment Training (NET).
How can ABA help my child?
- social skills
- play and leisure skills
- language and communication
- fine and gross motor skills
- increasing the range of foods and independence in self-feeding
- school preparation
- independent and functional living skills
- self-management skills
- toilet training
- decreasing undesirable behaviors
Our clinicians remain up-to-date on the newest in the field and exclusively implement evidence-based practices and theurapeutic techniques with our clients. We offer comprehensive treatment planning and supervision by Board Certified Behavior Analysts, 1:1 therapy delivered by Registered Behavior Technicians, and highly individualized behavior intervention plans for every client. Providing quality caregiver training is another focus of our ABA program, supplying you with the tools you need to promote independence and implement effective teaching strategies at home with your child.
Currently, we serve families in Bradley, Chester, Dekalb, Hamilton, Hardin, Henderson, McMinn, McNairy, Polk, Smith, and Wilson counties.
Easterseals TN is accepting new applicants!
If you are interested in an evaluation for your child, please click here for our ABA Inquiry Form.
ABA Management Staff
West TN Region- Cynthia Gibbs, M.A., BCBA, LBA email@example.com
Middle TN Region- Kyla Langford, M.A., BCBA, LBA firstname.lastname@example.org