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Inner Circle Autism Network | Home ABA Therapy

Home-Based ABA Therapy with Inner Circle

Personalized ABA therapy in the comfort of your home with Inner Circle. Our home-based ABA services provide tailored care to meet your child’s and family’s needs.

Home-Based ABA Therapy

Inner Circle offers home-based ABA therapy, giving children the opportunity to receive treatment in a familiar environment.

Home-based ABA therapy offers greater flexibility for your family, as your child receives the same quality therapy in your home. Our therapists administer the same level of quality treatment in your child’s natural environment, increasing their comfort level and allowing family to more easily participate.

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The Benefits of Receiving ABA Therapy at Home

Learning new skills and positive behaviors in their home environment can greatly benefit children with autism as they receive ABA therapy.

For the child, they are able to receive therapy in a familiar environment, allowing for a greater level of individualized care and attention.

Home-based therapy provides greater convenience and flexibility for parents, increasing their opportunities to be involved during sessions. 

Our Approach to Home Services at Inner Circle

Children with autism who receive home-based services go through the same comprehensive assessment and evaluation process as children receiving center-based therapies. 

Home-based services include an individualized treatment plan and personalized goal-setting that incorporates family and caregivers. Ongoing monitoring and adjustments ensure that every child’s treatment plan is optimized to meet their specific goals and overcome behavioral challenges.

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Meet Inner Circle’s Experienced BCBAs

Madeline Birchfield

Madeline Birchfield

BCBA | Edmond

Maddie is a licensed behavior analyst in Oklahoma and joined Inner Circle as a BCBA at the Edmond location. Her educational background is in psychology and ABA, and she has experience providing education in an elementary setting. She has been in the field of ABA since 2020 and brings valuable experience as a BCBA. 

Some of Maddie's passions in the field include fostering effective communication among the children, training staff, and making a positive impact on families' everyday lives. 

Outside of work, Maddie enjoys being a proud dog mom to Elle, her Boston terrier!

Ashley Cheatham

Ashley Cheatham

BCBA | Springdale

Ashley is a BCBA in the state of Arkansas at our Springdale location. Ashley started in the field of ABA in 2017 as an RBT, and earned her BCBA in 2023. Ashley has worked in home, clinical, and telehealth settings, with a variety of clients who have dual-diagnoses in addition to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ashley comes with an educational background with a bachelor's in exercise and sports science from the University of Central Arkansas. Ashley then attended Florida Institute of Technology where she received her master's in behavior analysis practice.

Ashley's passions in the field include teaching adaptive living skills, empowering others through any modality of communication, collaborating with families in her treatment approach, and mentoring RBTs who will primarily be working 1:1 with her clients.

Outside of work, you can find Ashley rock climbing, backpacking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Lily Darnell

Lily Darnell

BCBA | Jonesboro

Lily C. Darnell became a BCBA in 2013. Lily received her undergraduate training at the University of Florida, where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2010. She was accepted into graduate school at the University of Maryland, where she completed her practicum at the Kennedy Krieger Institute – Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit at Johns Hopkins Medical Campus. Lily graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with her master’s degree in human services psychology in 2013.

After graduating, Lily became the first BCBA for the State of Tennessee’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Disorders. Lily worked for many years in the community and served as the Clinical Director of the Arc of Alachua County in Florida.

She has presented research on a national level at multiple professional conferences. Additionally, Lily is a published author on the topic of behavior analysis.

Grace Erington

Grace Erington

BCBA | Springdale

Grace comes to Inner Circle with an educational background in psychology, child learning and development, applied cognition and neuroscience, and ABA. Grace has been in the field of ABA since 2016, bringing experience from a variety of settings as a BCBA. Some of Grace’s passions in the field include adaptive living skills and functional communication training.

Grace uses the science of ABA to work toward happy and independent lives for all of her clients. Outside of work, Grace enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, Jax!

Calli Glover

Calli Glover

BCBA | Oklahoma City

Calli is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Oklahoma and joins Inner Circle as a BCBA at our Oklahoma City location. Calli comes with an educational background in family science/human development, psychology, and Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been in the field since 2019 and has experience providing in-home, clinical, and telehealth services with children and adolescents. Some of Calli's passions within the field include teaching communication with any modality, increasing independence, and technician growth and development. Outside of work, Calli enjoys cooking, spending time with family, and traveling! 
Lexi Lippoldt

Lexi Lippoldt

BCBA | Oklahoma City

Lexis is a BCBA in the state of Oklahoma who has an extensive educational background in psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Some of Lexi's passions in the field include collaboration, increasing independence and autonomy, parent and staff training, and participating in continuing education opportunities. Outside of work, Lexi enjoys spending time with her husband and rescue dog Poncho.

Kelsi Miller

Kelsi Miller

BCBA | Edmond

Kelsi is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Oklahoma and joined Inner Circle as a BCBA at the Edmond location. Kelsi comes with an educational background in psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis. She has been in the field since 2018 and has experience working with ages 2-18. Some of Kelsi’s passions within the field of ABA include working with clients and their families to reach their goals and providing ongoing support. Outside of work, Kelsi enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, Lydie.

Jessica Nuessen

Jessica Nuessen

BCBA | Bentonville

Prior to becoming a BCBA, Jessica spent 8 years as a special education teacher in Kansas working with middle and high school aged students.

She started in the field of ABA as an RBT in 2019 and earned her BCBA in 2021. She has worked in a variety of settings with clients between the ages of 3 and 18. She enjoys collaborating with staff and parents through ongoing training, using a naturalistic teaching approach to help clients develop daily living skills as well as teaching functional communication. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outside with her family and traveling.

Mallory Shelton

Mallory Shelton

BCBA | Jonesboro

Mallory Shelton is from Jonesboro, Arkansas, where she works as a BCBA. Mallory Attended Arkansas State University for her undergraduate degree in exercise science. Mallory then attended Ouachita Baptist University, where she received her master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Mallory started in the field of ABA as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for two years in Little Rock before joining the Inner Circle team as a BCBA in 2022, where she has been able to continue growing her passion for helping others and improving the lives of the families she serves.

For Mallory, each child she works with gives her the inspiration to continue with her dedication to families who need support. Outside of work you can find her working in her flower beds and spending time with her family at the lake.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do home services differ from clinic-based or school-based services for individuals with autism?

For home-based ABA therapy, Inner Circle’s therapists conduct sessions in your home. Children receive the same high-quality treatment as center-based ABA therapy, with added convenience and flexibility.

What are the benefits of receiving autism services in the home setting?

Children are able to develop social skills in their natural environment where they can feel more comfortable and learn and play in a familiar setting. Parents and caregivers can more easily participate with the added flexibility of home-based ABA therapy.

How are home-based services personalized to meet the needs of children with autism and their families?

A treatment plan with goals written specifically for the home setting will be developed by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and can include a focus on daily living skills, routine, and sibling interactions. Therapy will incorporate the child’s familiar environment and toys, increasing their comfort level and creating more learning opportunities for family members to be involved in sessions. Additionally, we encourage families who receive in-home ABA services to take advantage of parent and/or caregiver training conducted in the home to provide added support in a comfortable environment.

Are home services suitable for all individuals with autism, regardless of age and abilities?

Home-based ABA services can be suitable for most families. Our clinical team will conduct a case review and discuss your family’s needs in the home to determine if home-based ABA therapy is right for you.

Inner Circle does require that your home address be within a 15-mile radius of the center you are enrolled in and at least one session a week needs to be attended in the clinic.

Can parents and caregivers be involved in the home services process?

Yes! Home-based services provide greater flexibility for parents and caregivers, reducing travel and making it easier for them to participate in therapy sessions. 

How is progress measured and monitored in autism home services?

Every child’s treatment plan is unique to them. After evaluation, your child will receive an individualized plan best suited to address the behavioral issues they face, with personalized goals measured after every session. Progress is continually monitored so the Inner Circle team can make adjustments to treatment plans if the need arises. 

How is the home environment used to support skill development and therapy goals?

The home environment provides children with a familiar environment to learn and play in. Home-based ABA therapy incorporates toys and settings familiar to the child as part of the treatment plan. The skills the child learns in the home translate to social situations and settings outside the home.

Can home-based ABA therapy help with daily living skills and independence?

ABA therapy can be instrumental in teaching and promoting daily living skills to promote independence. Some of these skills include:

  • Potty training
  • Handwashing
  • Tooth brushing
  • Feeding
  • Dressing
  • Hygiene

Can home services address communication and social skills development?

The improvement of communication and social skills is a core element of ABA therapy. Through an individualized behavioral approach that utilizes positive reinforcement, our therapists help your child learn social skills through positive social interactions and learning experiences in the home. 

How often are home-based services provided, and how long do sessions typically last?

If home-based ABA services are right for your family a schedule will be determined very similarly to a clinic schedule. Our session times for home-based therapy align with our clinic sessions, daily 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Can home-based services help with managing challenging behaviors in the home environment?

Home-based ABA therapy is effective in helping to reduce challenging behaviors such as tantrums, bed-wetting, feeding problems, aggression, self-injury, and other behaviors. Additionally, ABA therapy focuses on helping each child develop new, more appropriate behaviors and skills that can be applied both in and outside the home.

Are autism home services covered by insurance, and how much do they cost?

In most cases, if your policy covers clinic-based ABA therapy it will also cover home-based ABA therapy. There are instances where insurance does not cover certain settings and we will also confirm benefits before scheduling a home session.

How do I prepare my home and family for home-based services?

As part of your child’s assessment and treatment plan, our team will provide education and instruction for preparing your home for ABA therapy. 

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