Building Blocks Therapy & ABA Therapy

Marshall’s Building Blocks Program is a focused-model behavior program based on the principles of ABA designed for children diagnosed with autism. Our program offers a truly collaborative and individualized approach to your child’s specific needs and challenges. Our Building Blocks Program confidently evaluates and teaches behaviors that can improve the individual's life experience, including social skills, communication, daily living, self-care, leisure, play skills, and vocational skills.

What is ABA and how will it benefit my child?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), is an application of the science of behavior that systematically works to increase skills that aid in the reduction of challenging behaviors and improves the lives of children and families. This is done through reinforcement and teaching strategies based on functional analysis and data collection.

Those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder might often:

Avoid or keep limited eye contact

Have restricted interest

Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)

Play with toys the same way each time (tendency to line them up)

Regression in skills

Have unusual eating and sleeping habits

Follow very particular routines

Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin themselves in circles

How are we unique?

In our Building Blocks Program, we tailor each child’s designated treatment time very intentionally to meet their needs based on a individualized evaluation by a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). Unlike the traditional/comprehensive model of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy, which is 40-hours a week, ours is a focused based model that is individualized to the child and their family.

How We Address It:

Therapy session recommendations will range from 7 to 18 hours per week in 3½ hours sessions for 2 to 5 days per week and will be scheduled around other concurrent therapies (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Mental Health Therapy). Parent training sessions and parent meetings are required in order to ensure success and to be able to offer families support throughout this process.

Current program requirements:

Meet Our Therapists

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

At Marshall Pediatric Therapy, we do not follow a one-size-fits-all approach. We very much rely on an integrative therapeutic model. Upon being referred to our practice, during your first visit (also referred to as an initial evaluation), both a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) will determine what is most important to you and your child through both a caregiver interview and thorough observation of your child’s behaviors.

We want to know your child’s history, current abilities, and strengths, and to confidently identify room for growth.

During the initial evaluation, the BCBA/RBT will be able to provide a variety of assessments in order to customize a treatment plan tailored to your child’s individual needs. The number of hours of your child’s treatment plan will be recommended by your BCBA/RBT upon completion.