Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services are designed to empower parents to provide the support and guidance a child impacted by autism needs to be successful in his or her natural environment. We understand the varying needs of children impacted by autism spectrum disorder, and our programs are tailored to provide life-changing opportunities for the children and families we serve. Service structure varies by child and can include one-on-one therapy services, parent training, office visits, home visits, coordination of care with other organizations, and natural environment training. By implementing evidenced-based treatment and individualized programming, the children in our programs often exceed expectations placed upon them by the individuals in their lives. Autism Services offers a tiered model to help best identify treatment needs and options necessary for your child’s growth. Parental involvement is a key component of our treatment.

Research shows if therapy is started early, outcomes are significantly improved over the lifetime of a child impacted by autism. Heartspring’s Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) program focuses on a comprehensive intensive service model for children who are under the age of five. Children receive up to 20 to 30 hours a week of therapy in a variety of different settings.

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Services Offered:

  • An experienced and knowledgeable team to serve your child which includes a BCBA, BCaBA and/or Autism Specialist, a program coordinator and trained behavior technicians.
  • In-depth assessment and evaluation of your child’s needs.
  • Individualized programming to meet program goals in the following areas:
    • receptive language
    • expressive language
    • nonverbal language
    • joint attention and imitation skills
    • social and recreation/leisure skills
    • community and group readiness skills
    • family environment training and development
    • concept formation skills
    • self-help and independent living skills
    • gross and fine motor development
    • behavior modification


Therapy Model

The ABA program offers intensive intervention based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. A large portion of your child’s day will be spent working on individualized program goals that are monitored and updated frequently by your team of experts. As a result of the intense, one-on-one therapy our program provides, your child is given the opportunity to practice and respond to treatment goals at a much higher frequency than if your child would receive them in his/her natural environment which allows your child to gain and master skills at much higher rates than if he/she did not receive therapy. Within all of our programs, we value the pace at which your child may work and adjust our programs to provide enough challenge to make a difference without causing significant distress in their day-to-day functioning.

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Autism Services Program Serves:

  • Clients ages two through 21 years of age
  • Clients impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, cognitive impairments or multiple disabilities
  • Clients with global delays in functioning as well as those who have specific delays in areas of social skill development, language and adaptive life skills
  • Clients who may not be able to communicate verbally, requiring Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems

Autism Services Program Does Not Serve:

  • Clients who lack a clear Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, mental health diagnosis or lack an intellectual disability
  • Clients whose primary diagnosis is a psychiatric condition such as schizophrenia, conduct disorder, personality disorder or bipolar disorder (without a co-occurring diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder)
  • Clients with extreme behavior that requires more than one staff to keep the student safe from harm to self or others
  • Clients who have used weapons towards others or have a history of fire setting
  • Clients with sexually deviant or sexually aggressive behavior
  • Medically fragile clients who:
    • require ventilators
    • are unable to independently navigate their environment
    • require medication administration during therapy hours
    • have other medically-related interventions

Heartspring’s autism services staff:

Mary Urton

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Natasha Cvetnich

Autism Specialist

Desiree Andrews

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Lacy Cary

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Alexandra Cave

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

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