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ABA Therapy

Achieve Beyond is the leader in Southern California for ABA therapy that is specifically tailored for children diagnosed with varying levels of autism. With locations in East Los Angeles, South Central, West Los Angeles, San Gabriel, and the Pomona region, our therapists are experts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), which is one of the most effective therapies for redirecting and encouraging positive social behaviors and verbal development in children with autism.

What is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)?

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is the application of the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors. It is a well-researched, evidence-based approach that focuses on using the principle of reinforcement to create meaningful changes that promote independence and improve the quality of life for individuals. Relied upon since the 1960s to assess and treat children with autism, ABA therapy is scientifically validated in its effectiveness and continues to be the leading therapeutic treatment for children who struggle with the barriers of language development, behavioral issues, and social skills. By examining behavior as a function of its antecedents (events occurring before a behavior) and consequences (events occurring after a behavior), BCBAs, or Board Certified Behavior Analysts are able to define and develop interventions that may dramatically improve quality of life and self-sufficiency.

What Types of Behaviors Does ABA Therapy Improve?

Research has shown that ABA therapy provides varying benefits to children and adults of all ages, no matter how early they begin treatment. Some of these benefits include:

  • Improved sociability
  • Enhanced play skills
  • Better ability to imitate
  • Improved motor skills
  • Increased independence in life skills (toileting, eating, dressing, etc.)
  • Increased functional and effective communication
  • Improved personal connections (with family, caretakers, teachers, etc.)
  • Better adaptation to new situations, people, and environments
  • Increased attending skills Improved coping skills and flexibility

While ABA is used in many different areas, from brain injuries and elder care, to business management and behavioral medicine, it is mostly used to help children with autism. ABA therapy is essential to teach children to effectively communicate and lead more independent lives. Whether a child has little or no language skills, difficulty with self-care, self-stimulates (flapping, spinning, rocking, etc.), or exhibits aggressive or dangerous behaviors, ABA therapy is customized to address each child’s specific needs to optimize the best outcomes. ABA requires a team approach, where the behavior therapist, BCBA, caregivers, and surrounding community interact cooperatively to create and enact plans to meet the child’s changing needs from infancy to adulthood.

What Should I Expect from Achieve Beyond’s ABA Programs in Southern California?

Achieve Beyond’s Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) work with the caregivers and children to assess each child’s strengths and deficits, then customize protocols that foster optimal development and learning. Every child, family, and situation is special, so the ABA therapy plan these specialists devise is comprehensive to match those needs. It is not a universal, or “one-size-fits-all”, approach to the treatment of autism. The BCBAs develop a plan of action for the child that involves his or her family and community. Services are provided in home, school, or community environments, as well as in our main clinic located in Whittier, CA. In addition, our California office works with several regional centers to coordinate care, including Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC), South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC), San Gabriel Pomona Regional Center (SGPRC), and Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center (FDLRC). For more information on the specifics of ABA therapy or these affiliations, please call our Whittier office at (562) 698-6600 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once services have been approved, our highly-trained Behavioral Therapists (BT) or Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) work with the child on the plan designed by the BCBA in a highly-reinforcing and fun environment. They are supervised by the BCBAs and work with the family to encourage optimal learning opportunities. Some of the programs designed for children include:

  • Errorless teaching procedures to minimize frustration for a child
  • Functional Behavior Assessment to determine why problem behaviors occur
  • Functional Communication Training to replace problem behaviors with appropriate behaviors
  • Natural Environment Teaching (NET) to help a child adapt to new situations and environments

It is often recommended that a child receive consistent ABA therapeutic treatment to achieve the best outcomes. In addition, the most beneficial ABA therapy programs not only foster a child’s developmental needs, but engage parents and caretakers. When a child receives intensive ABA therapy, he or she may build confidence, form peer groups, learn healthy self-soothing, better communication, and improve academically.

Why is Achieve Beyond of California the Best Choice for ABA Therapy for My Child With Autism?

Proud to serve the greater Los Angeles area, Achieve Beyond’s California office ascribes to a client-centered approach that is rooted in a blend of evidence-based practice and clinical experience. California Clinical Director Doctor Shain Davis (OTD, OTR/L), has worked in pediatrics since 2007. He holds both master’s and doctorate degrees from USC, and began his career as a pediatric developmental specialist. Since coming to Achieve Beyond in 2013, Shain continues to practice as well as oversee the ABA programs at the California clinic. As the head of a great team of ABA, occupational, and speech therapists, Shain promotes effective engagement and discourse within Achieve Beyond’s community of practitioners and families.

When autism red flags and < a href="https://www.achievebeyondusa.com/index.php/our-services/developmental-guidelines">developmental delays occur, they can often be disconcerting to families, which is why Achieve Beyond is dedicated to educating parents, teachers, and practitioners on the best practices for treatment. The ABA therapy at Achieve Beyond more than assesses and prescribes treatment for a child—it recognizes the differences and specific circumstances of every child’s case. Both at-home and in-clinic programs are in-network for most insurance plans, including but not limited to Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Beacon/ASG, Bright Health/PIH, Blue Shield California, Cigna, Easter Seals, Kaiser, Magellan, Mail Handlers Benefits, Tricare and United Heathcare. The staff based in our Whitter office seeks to customize the best treatment for every child’s needs as well as do their best to accommodate the diverse families that they serve by offering both bilingual services and flexible hours. For more information about these services, please contact our Whittier office (562) 698-6600) or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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