Autism Bridges was founded 2007 by Thea Davis, MS ED, BCBA. Thea's goal was to establish a clinic capable of delivering world-class services to the autism community of New England. Autism Bridges is the realization of that goal. Today, Autism Bridges is one of the most sought after autism therapy clinics in the region. Our reputation is built on a consistent effort to hire the most talented people, provide them with extensive training, and equip them with the latest technologies. The result is an organization of highly motivated therapists and supervisors dedicated to delivering the best possible outcomes for our kids.
Autism Bridges is different from other autism therapy service providers. We specialize in intensive 1:1 (one-to-one) therapy, grounded in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Our therapy teams and programs are built around the specific needs of your child. Our teaching methods are based on the science of behavior and are quantifiable and measurable.
Our approach to therapy has several advantages:
Regardless of which service provider you choose, there are five key components you should seek for your autism therapy program. These components play a critical role in the success of any program.
Intensive 1:1 therapy involves a trained ABA therapist working directly with your child on skill-building exercises that address specific areas of weakness. Research indicates that 40 hours per week of ABA therapy for a minimum of 1-3 years produces the best outcomes. For further information regarding research into ABA, visit: www.lovaas.com/research.php
Your child’s program should be overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). BCBAs are masters-level practitioners who meet the educational and ethical standards set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), including specialized coursework, passing a standardized exam and completion of 1500 hours of supervised fieldwork. For more information regarding BCBAs or to look up BCBAs in your area, visit: www.bacb.com/
In addition to oversight by a BCBA, your child’s therapeutic instruction should be delivered by highly-trained therapists. The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential is currently the ‘gold standard’ in delivery of ABA services. RBTs are required to complete a minimum 40 hours of training, pass a criminal background check, a written exam, an annual competency assessment, and comply with the ethical standards set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). For more information regarding the RBT credential or to look up RBTs in your area visit: bacb.com/rbt/
Quality ABA programming should work to make changes that are socially relevant and impactful in your child’s daily life. All areas of skill deficits should be addressed using empirically supported therapy techniques. Most importantly, the therapy program should be customized to your child’s individual needs.
Collecting and analyzing objective data is the best way to make effective and informed therapy decisions. A quality ABA program collects data and uses it to guide decision making. If your therapy provider is not collecting and making use of objective data, they are basing their therapy decisions on gut feelings that are prone to error.
Autism Bridges therapy programs are infused with the five keys to success. If you decide to pursue ABA therapy services at Autism Bridges, here is an overview of a typical program to give you a general sense of what to expect.
Each client has a BCBA supervisor who oversees a team of trained, RBT-credentialed therapists. The supervisor provides oversight and identifies the therapeutic goals and targets based upon the initial and ongoing assessments, observations and data. Trained therapists provide one-on-one therapy with clients, helping the child achieve the maximum skill acquisition possible. At Autism Bridges, all of our therapists are required to obtain and maintain the RBT credential. Each month the team conducts a clinic at our office with the client to discuss the child's progress, troubleshoot any challenges, and identify the goals to focus on between now and the next clinic.
ABA therapy typically involves a series of one-on-one sessions, during which, the therapist presents the child with a series of requests. Each time the child responds correctly, the therapist rewards the child. As the child progressively becomes more successful with the skill, the therapy team begins generalizing the skill across different environments and identifies the next appropriate skill to integrate into the curriculum. Therapists keep accurate track of right and wrong responses in order to assess when skills are mastered and when to transition to new skills. Autism Bridges is a leader in the field of ABA therapy with the use of data-driven technologies. Our therapists are all trained in the use of an electronic online data system called Catalyst to capture and measure the results of each child's therapy sessions. The technology is HIPAA compliant and provides us with a secure way to track your child’s progress in real time.
Autism Bridges provides services in the child's natural environment. We work in schools, in homes, and in our office locations. Whenever possible, we try to work with the client in his or her normal daily locations. As new skills are mastered by the child, we usually attempt to generalize those skills by moving the therapy sessions to different locations and ensuring that the skills remain intact across a variety of locations.
If you are ready to begin ABA therapy services, fill out the intake request form below and we will begin the process of evaluating your needs with our services and availability. Before services can begin, you will need to secure a source of funding for the services. Depending on your child's age and insurance, there are a variety of steps that need to be taken to secure funding. We encourage you to review these steps and begin the process as soon as possible.
If you are interested in obtaining services from Autism Bridges, please fill out the intake request below and we will begin the process. We are currently accepting clients in southern New Hampshire, the Seacoast region, northern Massachusetts, and the Burlington, VT region.