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Applied Behavior Analysis

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An effective way to modify behavior and build skills

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is ideal for children on the autism spectrum struggling with sensory issues, communication problems, social skills, temper tantrums or changes in routine. It is a proven strategy for understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective way to help people with autism live happy and productive lives. The ABA approach is endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General.


Promoting a meaningful behavioral change

ABA intervention can help children and families make meaningful, lasting changes in many areas. In fact, nearly all children on the autism spectrum, as well as those with other cognitive and developmental delays, benefit from intensive ABA programs.​


Personalized, Flexible Approach

​Laurel Life’s ABA interventions are personalized to reflect the unique behavioral, educational and developmental needs of the child. Our board-certified behavior analysts develop treatment programs, combining intensive teaching and behavior modification techniques to help individuals receiving treatment to:

•    Increase skills in language, play and socialization
•    Decrease challenging behaviors that interfere with
      learning and daily life
•    Reduce or eliminate ritualistic or self-injurious behaviors
•    Increase attention span
•    Improve adaptive skills
•    Increase independence


How it works 

Our behavior analysts start with an initial Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), then develop a customized treatment plan that includes intensive teaching in the areas of social, communication, motor, cognitive and self-regulation skills, as well as parent training. These services may take place in the home, at school or in community settings. 


At Laurel Life, ABA is provided as a form of Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) funded through PA Medical Assistance. For eligibility, all individuals must be enrolled in the PA Medical Assistance program to qualify. Additional coverage by primary insurances varies by plan. Please contact us to find our if Laurel Life accepts your insurance plan.

Annual IBHS quality report available upon request.

Sprouts ABA Group Services

Sprouts is a group treatment program at Laurel Life’s Browns Mill Rd. location for preschool aged children experiencing skill deficits and/or developmental delays in areas such as: Cognitive and Social Interactions, Communication and Language, Play and Daily Living, and Emotional Regulation and Sensory Difficulties

Treatment Design

Sprouts group provides a wide range of age-appropriate behavioral and skill building activities through structured daily programming. The hands-on learning experiences prepare individuals for the school setting while expanding and developing life skills. ABA is the framework for each child’s individualized assessment and goal targets while attending Sprouts. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Clinical Specialist oversees all programming within Sprouts and completes 1-1 breakout instruction with children during their group sessions. Frequency and duration of breakout sessions is adjusted based on progress. Small groups with a 1 staff: 3 child ratios allow for the focused skill building and treatment to occur within the group classroom setting.

Success Stories:

At our regular monthly team meetings, when I see the amazing progress my son is making, I am confident I made a great decision in choosing Laurel Life as his provider of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Nicole J. 


Applied Behavior Analysis is available at these locations

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Laurel Life's Franklin County offices
Fulton/Franklin County

7564 Browns Mill Road
Chambersburg, PA 17202

Laurel Life's Cumberland County offices
Cumberland/Dauphin County

5006 East Trindle Road

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Laurel Life's Perry County office
Perry County

550 Shermans Valley Road

New Bloomfield, PA 17068

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