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What is ABA?

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based approach for creating significant positive behavior change. Through the use of the scientific method, ABA therapy focuses on (1) assessing behavior, (2) determining the reason for a behavior, (3) establishing scientifically-backed solutions for the behavior, (4) and implementing those solutions effectively. 

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Behavioral Cusps

Behavioral Cusps

Rosales-Ruiz & Baer define behavioral cusps as a behavior change that has consequences beyond the change itself. Once a behavioral cusp is taught, the individual can now access new opportunities and new experiences that were not previously available. Clinicians typically want their learners to develop skills that will allow for new found access to meaningful opportunities (parents clearly want this as well).

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3 Questions to ask yourself when evaluating social validity in treatment outcomes

3 Questions to ask yourself when evaluating social validity in treatment outcomes

Do you ever wonder if what you’re doing matters much? If you’re an RBT or a BCBA, you likely know how important it is to ensure that your programming is relevant and socially valid, especially when you’re serving kiddos with autism who really need strategic plans in place. According to Montrose Wolf (1978), social validity in behavior analysis can be evaluated in 3 ways.

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Generalizations in ABA Therapy: Why is it so important?

Generalizations in ABA Therapy: Why is it so important?

Generalization is an area that quality practitioners need to emphasize. Like we’ve said since the beginning, this is particularly challenging when a behavior analyst is only providing services in the center. At Cultivate, we provide services where it matters most. We utilize a hybrid model, so we work at homes, schools, our centers, and anywhere else we can bring about meaningful behavior change. The subject in this blog post is generalization and we’ll explore what that means on a very practical level.

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Where Do I need to Go?

Cultivate offers ABA therapy at our learning centers, in homes, and during community outings. We strongly believe that therapy across various settings helps our clients learn and apply their skills in the moments and places that matter most. 

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Center-Based Therapy

Children grow more independent in a safe, caring, and comfortable environment by playing with peers, practicing and learning social skills, communication, daily living skills, and school-readiness.

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Home-Based Therapy

Children learn to appropriately engage and play with siblings. Independence is gained by accomplishing potty training, daily hygiene skills and tasks, and completing household chores.

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Community-Based Therapy

Children learn to safely access the community including grocery stores, doctor’s offices, hair cuts, and restaurants.

Why is Cultivate Different from Other Providers?

At Cultivate, we utilize only the most effective, evidence-based strategies, and teaching methodologies. Above all, it is our belief that ABA should be engaging, dynamic, and highly reinforcing.

We train our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) to build rapport because we know that this is an investment that will yield major benefits throughout the course of a therapeutic relationship for your child and family. Your family will be paired with a BCBA and BT(s) that fits your child’s needs, learning styles, and preferences.

We want our team to come alongside your family and demonstrate the level of compassion and programming precision that is involved in high-quality ABA services. We understand what it takes for learning to occur and we could not be more thrilled to facilitate the learning process with our clients.

What Does ABA Look Like?

It depends on each child! We create robust and custom-tailored programs for each and every child we work with! Every child has a different way to learn and it’s our job to make sure we use the full arsenal of Applied Behavior Analysis so that we can maximize your child’s learning time.

Some children might need more table time. Some children might need more time working at the learning center. Some might need a careful combinations of all those and many other styles of teaching.

We are strategic and careful in how we approach each child’s treatment plan because we hold, above all, that each and every child has a right to therapy that is right for them.


What can I expect with my child’s ABA program?

Skill and Behavior Assessment: As the first step in your treatment journey, our BCBAs will meet with you and your child to assess their individual needs. We use a variety of assessment tools that will evaluate gaps in your child’s skill levels as well as concerns with challenging behavior. These assessments are then used to develop your child’s unique treatment plan.

How do I start?

Learn more about the next steps and intake proces on our Get Started Page.

When you are ready to move forward, fill out our intake form and we will get in touch with you right away!