Center Based ABA

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What is Center-Based ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is a well-established treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. ABA therapy uses principles of behavior and learning to teach new skills and increase positive behaviors, while decreasing challenging behaviors.

Center-based ABA therapy is a type of ABA therapy that takes place in a clinical setting, rather than in the individual’s home or community. In center-based ABA therapy, the individual attends a facility specifically designed for ABA therapy sessions. The center is typically staffed by a team of trained professionals, including Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs).

Benefits of Center-Based ABA Therapy

One of the primary benefits of center-based ABA therapy is the structured, controlled environment. The therapy sessions are designed to be highly individualized and tailored to the needs of each individual, but the center provides a consistent and predictable setting. This can be especially helpful for individuals who struggle with transitions or changes in routine.

Another benefit of center-based ABA therapy is the wide range of resources and materials available. Centers often have a variety of toys, games, and other tools that can be used to teach and reinforce new skills. Additionally, the center environment can provide opportunities for socialization with peers, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals who have difficulty with social skills.

The Treatment Plan

During center-based ABA therapy, the team of professionals will work closely with the individual and their family to set goals and develop a treatment plan. The treatment plan will typically involve a variety of interventions, such as discrete trial training, natural environment teaching, and behavior shaping. The team will also collect data to monitor progress and make adjustments to the treatment plan as needed.

Is Center-Based ABA Therapy Right for Everyone?

While center-based ABA therapy can be highly effective, it may not be the best fit for every individual. Some individuals may benefit more from in-home therapy, which can be more convenient and may be better suited to their individual needs. It’s important to work closely with a team of professionals to determine the best course of treatment for each individual.


In conclusion, center-based ABA therapy can be a highly effective treatment option for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. The structured, controlled environment and wide range of resources available can be particularly helpful for some individuals. However, it’s important to work closely with a team of professionals to determine the best course of treatment for each individual.


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Check out Yellow Bus ABA Centers in New York.








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Rhonda Stewart

Clinical Director

Rhonda Stewart, BCBA, NYS LBA, earned her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from the Sage Colleges. Rhonda has dedicated her career to working with individuals diagnosed with Autism since 2008. Rhonda has a wide range of experience working with individuals from ages 3 to adulthood in various settings including early intervention, schools, residential programs, group homes, day habilitation programs, center programs, and in-home services. Rhonda began working with families through insurances services in 2014. Rhonda is currently the Clinical Director at Yellow Bus ABA and works closely with the Executive Clinical Director, Estelle Parnes, to ensure services provided to our families are effective, families feel supported, and families have a positive experience with ABA services at Yellow Bus ABA.