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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.

KELLY L. BAILEY–ABA COORDINATOR, MS, CCC-SLP, MA, BCBA
North Charleston

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.

JULIA FRITZ– B.A. Psychology, BCaBA

North Charleston

Julia is originally from Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. She received her Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Italian Studies from Auburn University in 2014. After graduating from Auburn, Julia began BCaBA classes while working for a local behavioral consulting agency in the Auburn, Alabama area. She honed her ABA skills in the Alabama public school system and also serviced children in-home and in clinic settings. She has experience working with children with autism, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and other behavioral difficulties.

Julia found her passion for ABA accidentally as an undergraduate practicum student at Auburn. She enrolled in an off-campus practicum course at a local Early Intervention preschool where she worked directly with children with autism and their case managers. She’s been hooked ever since and has been practicing ABA since 2012. Julia loves developing relationships with the children and families she services and getting to witness the amazing progress children make. Julia moved to the Charleston area in July 2017 to be closer to the beach, seafood, and her family in Maryland.

Regina Manfredi, RBT

North Charleston

Regina is a Registered Behavior Technician with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Born and raised in NY, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a minor in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary College. 

Regina has years of experience teaching individuals with various intellectual, physical, and behavioral disabilities inside the classroom, as well as providing ABA therapy to children in their homes. She finds great reward in helping others achieve their goals and is very excited to be returning to ABA therapy!

Danielle Ryan, RBT

North Charleston

Danielle is originally from Mansfield, Massachusetts. She relocated to the Charleston area in 2014 to attend the College of Charleston. Danielle majored in Psychology with a focus on adolescent and child development. She has experience working with kids between the ages of 2 and 16. After receiving her Bachelors degree, Danielle completed her RBT certification and did in home ABA therapy with children with autism. In addition Danielle also administered training sessions for entry level RBTs and assisted in hiring processes. Danielle joined the CPR team in August 2018, and is excited to work in an interdisciplinary environment.

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