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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 BACB.com.

Kristin Accomando, M.S. Counseling Psychology, BCBA
WEST ASHLEY

Kristin is originally from Mystic, CT. She received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island in 2012 and her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Early Intervention from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 2014. Kristin always knew she wanted to work with young children and spent her time in Boston working in Early Intervention with infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

After graduating from Northeastern, Kristin moved to Eastern North Carolina (near Camp Lejeune) and began working for F.A.I.T.H, as a Behavior Technician, doing ABA with children diagnosed with Autism. It was here she realized that ABA was her real passion. She began a post-masters program at Clemson University in Behavior Analysis very soon after. After two amazing years at F.A.I.T.H., she decided it was time for a change to a more urban area. She decided to move to Mount Pleasant, SC to be closer to her sister, Annie, who is currently an Occupational Therapist at CPR.

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