Autism Services

ABA Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific, problem-solving approach designed to produce socially-significant outcomes. In other words, Behavior Analysts aim to improve quality of life for individuals, families, and communities using the science of behavior change. The application of ABA and ABA services is not limited to individuals with Autism, however over 60 years of research supports its effectiveness in meeting the complex needs of this population.

Who can benefit from ABA and Services? Any person who…

  • has difficulty carrying on a conversation
  • has limited daily living skills (dressing, eating, toileting)
  • exhibits moderate problem behaviors (screaming, non-compliance)
  • exhibits severe problem behaviors (aggression, self-injury, property destruction)
  • has little or no language skills 
  • engages in self stimulatory behavior (flapping, rocking, scripting television shows)
  • needs extra help in academic skills
  • has limited social skills (lack of interest in peers, trouble making friends)

Achieve Beyond’s ABA Programs include:

  • Team consisting of Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and highly trained Behavior Therapist (BT) 
  • Quality Assurance mechanisms in place
  • Verbal Behavior approach to language
  • Comprehensive Assessment using criterion-referenced tests (ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP & AFLS)
  • Parent Training/Team meetings
  • Errorless teaching procedures to minimize frustration
  • Therapists capture motivation
  • Functional Assessment to determine why problem behaviors occur
  • Functional Communication Training to replace problem behaviors with appropriate behavior
  • Social skills curriculum
  • Natural Environment Teaching (NET) 
  • Individualized, data-driven treatment plans

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Maryland          New Jersey         New York City         Virginia/DC

Meet Our ABA Clinical Director

 Tara Karen, BCBA, Clinical Director

Tara Karen, M.S. Ed, BCBA, LBA, Regional Clinical & Operations Director - Tara Karen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst (CT, MA, MD, NY, TN) who has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education since 2009. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from SUNY Stony Brook, a Master’s degree in Childhood education from Dowling College and completed her BCBA coursework at SUNY Stony Brook. Tara is a New York State certified teacher, holding multiple certificates in children with special needs.

Before joining Achieve Beyond, Tara worked in public and private schools, as well as performing home-based instruction and ABA therapy. Tara began at Achieve Beyond in 2013 as a BCBA, becoming a clinical supervisor, clinical director, and operations director.

Tara’s passion for learning and teaching has guided her journey at Achieve Beyond, and she utilizes ABA principles with her, clinical, and administrative staff to encourage each individual to perform at their best. Tara believes in creating a supportive, motivating, and caring environment to ensure that all services provided are of the highest quality and benefit each and every child and family.

 Gina M. Ballone, MS, BCBA, LBA, Virginia & Maryland ABA Clinical Director

Gina Ballone, MS, BCBA, LBA, Clinical Director of ABA Services, Virginia & Maryland - Gina is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst (VA, MD) who has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 1998. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida State University in 1999. She earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University in 2002. At Florida State Gina had the privilege of learning under Dr. Jon Bailey, a renowned Behavior Analyst in our field.

Before joining Achieve Beyond, Gina worked for an ABA company that partnered with the Miami Children’s Hospital, Dan Marino Center, where she was able to work alongside Pediatric Neurologists, Speech Therapists, and Occupational Therapists. She also directed an ABA clinic in Destin Florida for over eight years, where she served as the practicum supervisor for graduate students at the FSU-PC Master’s program in ABA. Gina joined Achieve Beyond in 2012 and was an integral part in starting our ABA clinic services.

Gina is passionate in providing quality, meaningful interventions that align with the most current evidence based procedures in the field. Her knowledge of using Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior to teach language and communication skills is evident in the successful programs that she has developed through the years. She is also enjoys providing trainings and conducting social skills groups.

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