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Intensive Behavioral Health Services - 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 master's level clinicians 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 

As a first step, the BA or BC-ABA will complete a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) to assess your child's strengths, needs, and behaviors or concern. Then, based on those findings, the clinician will develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your child's strengths and needs.  Services are authorized on a yearly basis with reviews completed at a minimun every 6 months. As your child progresses the treatment plan will be updated and reviewed to reflect currents need areas and target outcomes. 

Who will be working with my child?

Your child's ABA treatment will be led by a master's level clinician who is licensed in Behavior Support Services (LBS) and/or is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). A Behavior Consultant-ABA (BC-ABA) and/or a BA will lead the treatment team who may consistent of an Assistant BC-ABA and a Behavioral Health Technician (BHT-ABA). Each level of the team will work across the child’s natural environments to provide interventions and techniques to support the child and family’s needs.

  • ABA Roles

    • Behavior Analyst (BA) – The BA is a board-certified Behavioral Analyst who specializes in ABA treatment. The BA acts at the lead clinician within the treatment team and focuses on data collection, treatment planning and fidelity.

    • Behavioral Consultant- ABA (BC-ABA) – The BC-ABA is a Master’s level therapist who develops and revises the individualized treatment plan and assessment. Their focus includes: data collection, behavioral skills training, modeling interventions for the treatment team and observation of behavior change interventions. They work along side the BA and BHT-ABA, if levels are recommended.

    • Assistant Behavioral Consultant – (Assistant BC-ABA) – The Assistant works with the BA and/or BC-ABA to collect data, update the members treatment plan and assessment, and model interventions. They also focus on providing training, support and collaboration with the treatment team. 

    • Behavioral Health Technician-ABA (BHT-ABA) – The BHT-ABA spends the majority of 1:1 time with members and are directly teaching, modeling and supporting the transfer of skills to the member and treatment team (parents, guardians, school/daycare supports).

Where do ABA sessions occur?

ABA sessions take place across settings, such as the child’s home(s), school and daycare. Each child’s prescription for ABA is different and is recommended in hours per month for each level of service. The frequency of ABA session is based on each child’s unique needs.


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.

Operations Report 2022-2023 (002).pdf - Google Drive


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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Fulton/Franklin County

7564 Browns Mill Road
Chambersburg, PA 17202

Cumberland/Dauphin County

5006 East Trindle Road

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Perry County

550 Shermans Valley Road

New Bloomfield, PA 17068

York/Adams County

2020 South Queen Street

York, PA 17403

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