ABA Therapy for Children With Autism at Inner Circle
Discover how ABA therapy can benefit children with autism. Our team at Inner Circle provides personalized and evidence-based ABA therapy services.
What is ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is a research-based scientific method of therapy that helps children with autism and other developmental disorders learn important new skills while working through everyday barriers, social difficulties, and challenging behaviors.
Effective ABA therapy is not a “one size fits all” approach and should never feel as such. In order to achieve a truly individualized treatment plan, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will customize the therapy to each child’s skills, needs, interests and preferences. This means that an ABA program for one child may look completely different from another child’s.
The goal of ABA therapy is to help your child learn new skills and become more independent in various areas of life.
How Does ABA Therapy Work?
A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) begins by conducting a formal assessment and an in-depth parent interview. Based on the assessment, a treatment plan is developed with specific measurable goals.
A behavior therapist will work one-on-one with your child implementing the treatment plan through structured instruction. Throughout your child’s therapy program, your child’s BCBA will continuously monitor their progress and adjust as needed based on the data collected.
During treatment, your therapy team will collaborate with you on treatment goals and provide guidance, training, and support to maintain progress beyond therapy sessions.
Benefits of ABA Therapy for Children With Autism
ABA therapy is proven to teach children a variety of skills and positive behaviors including:
- Social awareness
- Positive peer interactions
- Academic engagement
- Self-care skills
- Play skills
- And more
ABA therapy is also proven effective in working through challenging behaviors such as tantrums, bed-wetting, feeding problems, aggression, self-injury, and other destructive or dangerous behaviors.
Getting Started With ABA Therapy at Inner Circle
The Inner Circle team is here to help you through every step of the 3-step intake process.
We believe that it is important to take the time to get to know you and your child. During the consultation, a BCBA reviews your child’s history to better understand their unique needs, discuss therapy options, and answer any questions you may have.
During the evaluation, the treatment team assesses your child’s skills, behaviors, and needs through direct observation, direct assessment, and parent interviews. This information is then used to develop a customized treatment plan, establish goals, and determine the level of services needed.
3. Starting ABA Therapy
Once we have reviewed and finalized your child’s treatment plan, we submit it to your insurance provider for approval. Once approved, your child will be ready to start receiving ABA therapy.
Home-Based ABA Therapy
Inner Circle offers home-based ABA therapy on a case-by-case basis, giving children the opportunity to receive treatment in a familiar environment.
Children with autism who receive home-based services go through the same comprehensive assessment and evaluation process as children receiving center-based therapies, and receive an individualized treatment plan that includes personalized goals that fit their unique strengths and needs.
With home-based ABA therapy, your child receives the same level of quality treatment in their natural environment, allowing family and caregivers to more easily participate.
Meet Inner Circle’s Experienced BCBAs
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!
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.
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.
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!
BCBA | Oklahoma City
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.
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.
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.
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.