- Autism & Developmental Services
Autism & Developmental Services
11200 Waples Mill Rd, Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 237-2219
Fax: (703) 237-2729
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We proudly provide clinic-based pediatric therapy, autism services, and evaluations from birth until 21 years of age in the Metro DC and Fairfax, VA area through private insurance. Our family of service providers are all certified and licensed professionals committed to serving Virginia children with physical and/or developmental disabilities or delays.
Our team believes in “empowerment” as we are committed to helping each child and family move one step closer towards success. Our multi-disciplinary, state of the art clinic allows for a child to receive speech, physical, occupational, and/or clinic-based ABA therapy in one convenient location that houses two large gym areas as well as more than 30 private 1:1 therapy rooms. Telehealth therapy services are also available.
Achieve Beyond’s ABA therapy program provides home, community, and clinic based ABA therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through medical insurance. Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) create individualized treatment plans based on collaboration with the family and individual in order to ensure meaningful and functional goals that will help a child increase their independence and happiness.
Treatment is based in the natural environment and is carried out by our trained, exceptional behavior therapists (BTs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) and is supervised closely by our BCBAs. Family training and social skills groups are offered to our families to continue to foster growth and learning.
Our online practice management system allows for families to monitor progress instantly while also having the convenience to view session notes, invoices, and program goals.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific, problem-solving approach designed to produce socially-significant outcomes. In other words, Behavior Analysts aim to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities using the science of behavior. With a focus on positive reinforcement and motivation, behavior analysis has become the leading therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as it teaches children functional behaviors to help them become happy and more independent individuals. The application of ABA is not limited to individuals with Autism, however, over 60 years of research supports its effectiveness in meeting the complex needs of this population.
Occupational Therapy aids in the development of skills that support engagement in everyday life activities that support health, well-being, and quality of life of people. Occupational Therapists (OTs) use a variety of therapy techniques that develop the individual’s fine motor skills, visual-perceptual readiness, cognitive abilities, and attention span. These services could be needed if a child is suffering from cases including but not limited to birth defects, developmental delays, learning problems, and broken bones.
Achieve Beyond specializes in pediatric occupational therapy services that focus on enabling infants and children to do the activities of daily life. In pediatric occupational therapy sessions the therapists work with children and their families to promote active participation in occupations that are meaningful to them such as activities that enable them to learn and develop life skills, be creative and/or derive enjoyment and thrive. Techniques that improve the child’s overall development include:
Achieve Beyond’s licensed OTs/COTAs use their passion for helping children to examine, evaluate and develop an individualized program to address their difficulties with performance of daily activities in the areas of feeding/eating, self-care, play, learning and development. Our OTs and COTAs work with the children and their families to dramatically improve all their fine motor skills and overall occupational performance.
Speech-Language therapy services evaluate patients with language and speech impairments or disorders and conducts remedial programs designed to restore or improve their communication efficacy. Speech pathologists (SLPs) assess and treat people with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders.
Our wonderful speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide our children and families to improve the child’s oral and communication skills. A speech disorder commonly refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder references a difficulty in understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.
These services could be needed if a person is suffering from cases such as stuttering, hearing impairments, weak oral muscles, autism and various swallowing disorders to name a few.
Achieve Beyond specializes in pediatric speech language therapy services that assist in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of physical and/or cognitive difficulties relating to verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as feeding and swallowing difficulties, stuttering and voice disorders. Our therapists use techniques such as:
Our licensed SLPs develop an individualized service plan tailored to each child’s needs. Achieve Beyond SLPs work with children on how to make sounds, correct produce of sounds and syllables, improve the tone or quality of their voices, or increase their oral language skills to communicate more effectively. They also work on coordinating and conditioning muscles used in swallowing and eating to prevent choking or inhaling food or liquids.
Pediatric physical therapy is specifically designed to improve the lives and daily function of children who suffer from a wide range of injuries and congenital conditions. The role of a pediatric therapist is to work with the child and their family to assist each child to reach their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation at home, in school, and in the community.
Achieve Beyond specializes in clinic-based pediatric physical therapy services that focus on enabling infants and children meet specific motor and developmental milestones. Pediatric physical therapists collaborate with medical, educational, rehabilitation specialists and families to promote optimal physical functioning based on the needs of each child. Physical therapy interventions can facilitate the best cognitive and physical development by addressing flexibility, strength, and energy efficiency with movement in order to optimize play and daily activities.
Gina Ballone has been working in the field of ABA since 1998. She first gained experience in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder during her undergraduate studies at Florida State University. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis, having the privilege of learning under Dr. Jon Bailey and Dr. Al Murphy. During her graduate studies she co-founded an organization that provided ABA services to children, which is currently a practicum and assistantship opportunity for graduate students at FSU.
After completion of her graduate degree in 2002, Gina was offered a position at Behavior Analysis Inc, a leading ABA company in South Florida. During her work there, she supervised a team of behavior therapists, as well as developed verbal behavior programs, precision teaching, and behavior reduction programs. She conducted parent trainings/workshops and presented at state conferences. The company appointed her to be the Behavior Analyst to consult at the Miami Children’s Hospital, Dan Marino Center. She oversaw all ABA programs as well as conducted consultations to non-behavioral staff. In doing this, she had the opportunity to consult with Speech, Occupational and Physical therapists as well as provide training at the Dan Marino Summer Camps.
Gina has attended numerous workshops in Verbal Behavior, as well as advanced consultation workshops at the Carbone Clinic. She has presented at FABA (Florida Association for Behavior Analysis) as well as other conferences throughout the years. She was the Clinical Director of an ABA therapy clinic in Destin, Florida for 8 ½ years, where she also served as the practicum supervisor for the graduate students in the FSU-PC Master’s ABA program.
Gina became the Clinical Director of ABA Services at Achieve Beyond in the Virginia/DC Metro in 2012. She is passionate about using Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior to teach language and communication skills to individuals.
Christina Feuge is a ASHA certified and NYS licensed Speech Language Pathologist. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Adelphi University in 2013. Since then, Christina has been dedicated to providing therapeutic treatments and evaluations at Achieve Beyond. Christina also supervises clinical fellows and enjoys sharing her knowledge to ensure quality care for all clients. She has extensive experience in language development in children, behavioral and sensory based feeding disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She is passionate in providing the best support to clinicians to optimize therapeutic interventions.
Before joining Achieve Beyond, Christina worked in public and private schools, as well as performing home-based instruction and ABA therapy. Christina began at Achieve Beyond in 2013 as a BCBA, becoming a clinical supervisor, clinical director, and operations director.
Christina’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.