Why we choose to Step-In:

Providers at Step-in Autism Services understand the importance of intensive intervention for individuals diagnosed with Autism or other developmental delays. We have seen firsthand the impact Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) creates in the lives of the individual, siblings, and family members. This is why we pride ourselves on quality ABA services.

The services offered are dependent on the individual and family needs:

  • Social Skills Group:
    Incorporates the science of Behavior Analysis to assist in developing strong social skills

  • Consultation:
    Professional, experienced advice from Step-In’s BCBAs

  • Behavior Sleep Treatment:
    Individualized coaching to help your child learn to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.

Step-In’s center-based service model:

Step-In utilizes a relatively novel approach to ABA. Our center is set up, not like a clinic, but like a natural setting. One of our founders, Linda Robertson, coined the term ‘family style ABA’ to describe the services provided at the Step-In Center. With an open layout, all of the clients engage with each other and all of the staff. Siblings and peers are often on site to provide more social opportunities for clients.

Center-based services offers the opportunity to teach skills in a novel environment. Often, individuals have a history with a behavior in their home environment. This means that in order to teach new skills, the individual has to UNLEARN competing behaviors too! A separate environment, such as a center, can provide a new set of contingencies under which to learn the new behavior a bit easier.

Benefits of a center-based autism therapy program include:

  • Training & Supervision:
    More interaction between your child and your BCBA. Immediate support and training of your therapy team.

  • BCBA Collaboration:
    Your BCBA is able to consult with our other BCBA(s) Clinicians to improve your child’s program and make faster, more effective changes. Your child will benefit from face-to-face interactions from multiple experienced Behavior Technicians, Supervisors, and BCBAs.

  • Social skills:
    Opportunities to target social and language skills with peers, and participate in play-based therapy during structured group activities

  • Generalization:
    Increased generalization of learned skills with other Behavior Technicians and BCBAs, the center-based setting, and during community outings.

  • School Readiness:
    Your child will participate in school-based activities to practice following classroom routines, and successfully learn in a school setting (e.g. lining up, sitting in circle time, group responding, going to the restroom).

  • Consistency of Services:
    Substitution by a skilled Behavior Technician or BCBA in the event of a Step-In Autism Services team member call-out. Coordinated Step-In Autism Services team member transitions and breaks to ensure your child is engaged and learning at all times.

Step-in Autism Services
Step-in Autism Services

No two children are exactly the same, and center-based services supply variables that may increase opportunities to jumpstart new skills and interactions, many of which are afforded by having your loved one in a shared space with other individuals.


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