Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) services are designed with the understanding that children impacted by autism spectrum disorder have varying needs.

Our ABA program is tailored to provide life-changing opportunities for the families we serve. By implementing evidenced-based treatment and individualized programming, we help children thrive in their natural environment. Services vary by child and can include one-on-one therapy, parent training, office visits, home visits, coordination of care with other organizations, and natural environment training.

Research shows if therapy starts 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 40 hours a week of therapy in a variety of different settings.


Services Offered:

  • An experienced and knowledgeable team for each child composed of a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA),board-certified assistant behavior analyst (BCaBA) and/or autism specialist, program coordinator, and 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

Our ABA program offers intensive intervention based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. Children receive 10 - 40 hours of therapy a week. A significant portion of therapy time is focused on individualized program goals.

As a result of one-on-one therapy in a controlled environment, your child can practice and respond to treatment goals at a higher frequency than if he/she received therapy services in a natural environment.

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Autism Services Program Serves:

  • Clients ages two through 21 years
  • Clients impacted by autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and/or cognitive impairments
  • Clients with functioning delays, social skill development delays, and/or adaptive life skills delays
  • Clients who cannot communicate verbally and require augmentative and alternative communication devices

Autism Services Program Does Not Serve:

  • Clients who lack a clear autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, mental health diagnosis, or an intellectual disability
  • Clients whose primary diagnosis is a psychiatric condition such as schizophrenia, conduct disorder, personality disorder, bipolar disorder (without a co-occurring diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder)
  • Clients with extreme behaviors that require more than one staff for safety
  • Clients who only have a need in the school or specific community setting
  • Clients who have used weapons towards others or have a history of fire-setting
  • Clients with sexually-deviant or sexually-aggressive behaviors

Autism Services may serve clients who require intensive health care needs. This includes individuals who cannot navigate their environment without assistance, use respirators and tracheostomies, as well as those who require medication administration or other medically-related intervention during therapy hours.

Heartspring’s autism services staff:

Jeanetta Green

Jeanetta Green

Autism Specialist

Lacy Cary

Lacy Cary

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Desiree Andrews

Desiree Andrews

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Natasha Cvetnich

Natasha Cvetnich

Autism Specialist

Mary Urton

Mary Urton

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Betsy Thompson

Betsy Thompson

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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