How We Work

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a method of therapy used to improve or change specific behaviors. Plainly speaking, ABA changes the environment in order to support the behavior. We provide services to children and adults with Autism using ABA and other evidence-based practices in the Washington, DC Metro area with a focus on self advocacy and presuming competence.

B.A.S.I.C.S. ABA Therapy, LLC provides services in-home, at school, and in after-school programs in the District of Columbia and Arlington, VA. We are also available to consult in school programs.


on-going therapeutic services

1. Conduct and Implement FBAs: We create a comprehensive program to teach clients new skills and reduce problem behavior and increase effective behaviors to get their needs met. This includes a behavior plan and usually between 10-20 individual goals for skill acquisition. The program is created after a parent interview and student observation.

2. ABA Therapy: We provide in-home ABA therapy by well-trained and educated ABA therapists. These therapists implement the program that is created by the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Students typically receive services 3-5 days a week and each session is usually 2.5-3 hours.

3. Create and Implement Treatment Plans: Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) develop treatment plans based on the data gathered through interviews, learning assessments and on observing your child. They create a written document outlining the plan of care for clients receiving applied behavior analysis services.

4. Create and Implement Behavior Plans: Our BCBAs create a written course of action. It is a plan for what to do to prevent challenging behavior and what to do when it occurs. A behavior plan should also specify any reinforcement system in place.

5. Supervision: ABA therapists are supervised frequently by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The BCBA also uses this time to observe the child, build a relationship with him/her, and problem solve any goals that are making slow progress.

6. Team Meetings: We hold quarterly 1-2 hour team meeting for most clients to review progress, troubleshoot behavior, and maintain an open dialogue with families. We encourage the clients to attend these meetings when possible.

7. Facilitated Playdates: We setup, attend, and coach clients during playdates with neurotypical peers to help the client practice skills being taught in sessions.

8. Group Outings: This provides an opportunity to practice new skills in different settings, including restaurants, museums, parks and libraries.

9. Social Skills Group: We provides social skills training to children in order to increase the child’s overall ability to recognize and interpret verbal and non-verbal communication, develop appropriate peer relationships and increase their ability to recognize others emotions.

We Offer Trainings

We are OSSE certified to provide CEU trainings for schools. We also offer BCBA CEU training and trainings to organizations.

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Most popular trainings:

  • ABCs of Behavior: In ABA therapy, the antecedent, behavior, and consequence provide "building blocks" in understanding, analyzing, and potentially changing how one acts.

  • Increasing and Decreasing Behaviors: Learn techniques for increasing and decreasing behaviors and strategies for addressing and managing them.

  • Increasing Motivation through Executive Functioning Tools: Executive function trouble — problems planning, organizing, or self-regulating - can get very frustrating very quickly. We give you tools to help your child gain more independence.

  • Trauma-Informed Behaviorism: Explore how we can support those who have had a traumatic experience in order to promote resiliency and recovery. Learn the significant benefits of promoting a trauma-informed treatment.

  • CFSA Foster Parent Learning credits: Foster Parenting is an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. CFSA approved training is provided to foster parents needing annual training.