Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy designed primarily for children with Autism. It is an intensive one-on-one program that works on teaching functional skills and reducing maladaptive behaviors. Some skills worked on include: basic skills such as imitation and attending, in addition to complex skills, such as language, play and social skills. The goal of ABA is to make it fun to learn important, socially significant skills. We work on a range of behaviors, including, but not limited to: non-compliance, tantrums, self-stimulatory behaviors (stimming), aggression, self-injury and escape behaviors.

Every child with Autism is different and that is what makes individualized programs so important. At CPR we look at each child as an individual and want to include parents and caregivers in our therapies. To individualize each program we will look at the age of your child and the skills they currently have as well as the behaviors they currently display. We will work with you to determine the intensity of the therapy, including the number of hours per week, the setting of the therapy and the best time to have therapy.

Our ABA therapy is provided both in the home and at the office. This is to ensure that the skills learned in the office carry over at home and in home therapies promote learning in a child’s natural environment. Your child’s program will be overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). For more information about BCBAs and the certification process you can see the BACB website at


Kelly L. Bailey has worked with children and adolescents with autism and other
developmental disabilities and delays since 2004. Kelly loves working with all children, and has cultivated a special passion for children with autism. Her interest in children with autism began while she studied psychology and education as an undergraduate at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. She began her speech-language career at Vanderbilt Medical School in 2006. Kelly focused her studies and practicum experiences on autism and feeding disorders. She obtained her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis in late 2011 and her BCBA certification in early 2012. She enjoys working as both an SLP and BCBA, and finds the two fields extremely complimentary. She has earned two ACE awards from ASHA (American Speech-Language Hearing Association) representing three-year periods of outstanding commitment to exceeding continuing education requirements and certifications in various intervention methodologies. Interventions that Kelly has specialized in include the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and other AAC methodologies, Oral Placement Training/Talk Tools, Feeding Disorders, Behavioral Sleep disorders, Verbal Behavior, and Functional Communication Training. Kelly, her husband, and young daughter enjoy time at the beach, fishing, visits back to their home state of Kentucky, and rooting for University of Kentucky basketball.