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About
ABA therapy

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Applied Behavior
Analysis (ABA)

Many families feel inundated by a sea of acronyms for autism therapies. ESDM, EIBI, DIR, TEACCH, PT, OT, DTT, PRT, and the list goes on… we’ve been there.

While there is currently no cure for autism, Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is the most widely studied and effective treatment available.

ABA is recommended by major American medical associations and the US Surgeon General. Decades of clinical studies have shown that young children with autism who received intensive ABA therapy demonstrated:

  • Larger increases in IQ and adaptive functioning
  • Fewer challenging behaviors and social problems
  • Increased likelihood of fully joining regular education without assistance

These results are compared to children who received no therapy, a combination of other treatments, or special education at public schools. Studies supporting ABA therapy in young children with autism can be viewed here: Study 1, Study 2, Study 3, Study 4.

Stride focuses on delivering meaningful outcomes for both the learner and their family. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) oversee all aspects of your child’s treatment. It takes rigorous academic study and 2,000 hours of training to become a BCBA, so only those who are deeply committed and capable ultimately earn the credential to work with your child.

For all its complexity, ABA can be distilled into a simple sentence:

ABA uses core principles of learning to build essential skills and address behaviors that interfere with learning and independence.

Stride can help your
child with…

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Communication

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Social Skills

Self-Care (toileting and grooming)

Self-Care (toileting and grooming)

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School Readiness

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Play and Leisure

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Waiting and Transitioning

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Emotional Regulation

Collaborating
with parents

As a parent, you have lots of natural opportunities to strengthen your child’s communication and social skills. We help you identify teachable moments with your child and how to make the most of them.

Our clinicians work with you on an ongoing basis to provide you with practical tools and coaching to meet your family’s goals. Read research supporting parent involvement on children’s outcomes.

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“At Stride, caring and experienced clinicians provide evidence-based treatment to support young learners and their families.”

Linda A. LeBlanc, PhD, BCBA-D, Licensed Psychologist
Stride’s Clinical Advisor and Recognized ABA Expert

Ashley Whittington-Barnish, PhD, LCP, BCBA-D, NCSP
Stride’s Clinical Director

Our program
What to expect