Our Process


Our Goal


Specifically, Spectrum Matters uses ABA therapy to improve the lives of children with ASD by helping the child:

  • Increase communication
  • Increase independent daily living skills
  • Increase age-appropriate social skills
  • Decrease problematic behaviors while teaching functional replacement behaviors


Other goals of ABA therapy include equipping parents and family members with valuable tools to help them better communicate and cope with the everyday challenges of raising a child on the spectrum.

The Process

Spectrum Matters uses a step-by-step approach to ASD treatment.

At Spectrum Matters, we recognize that every child with Autism is different. This is why our step-by-step approach to treatment is so essential in the effective implementation of ABA therapy.

The sooner therapy begins, the better the outcome.

For the best results, ABA therapy should start early and remain an integral part of your child’s development. Study after study has shown that early intervention leads to more successful outcomes.

As reported on the ASAT website, “Many studies show that ABA is effective in increasing behaviors and teaching new skills (National Autism Center [NAC], 2015; Wong et al., 2014, 2015). In addition, many studies demonstrate that ABA is effective in reducing problem behavior (NAC, 2015). A number of studies also indicate that, when implemented intensively (more than 20 hours per week) and early in life (beginning prior to the age of 4 years), ABA may produce large gains in development and reductions in the need for special services (Reichow, 2012); however, large studies with strong experimental designs are needed to confirm the results reported for intensive, early intervention.”

  • 1. The Interview

    We will schedule a face-to-face interview or phone interview between the family member and our intake specialists and then determine if Spectrum Matters is a candidate for ABA therapy. This is where we will discuss your family’s schedule and availability and conduct a complete insurance-benefits assessment to gain authorization prior to assessments.

  • 2. The Assessment

    An initial clinical assessment will be completed in-person, employing a variety of industry tools and best practices.

    The assessment is an ongoing process rather than a one-time event. Through weekly communication, therapy services, data review and supervision, the treatment plan will continually evolve to fit the child’s and the family’s needs.

  • 3. Treatment Planning

    The treatment plan is focused on the client and family as a unit.

    Parental or caregiver participation is essential to the creation of a meaningful plan for the child, family and ABA therapy team.

  • 4. Therapy and Data Collection

    Therapy visits and activities will be developed based on the treatment plan goals. Data and notes are documented at the end of each visit and are accessible by the parent or caregiver through our web-based electronic health record called Catalyst.

  • 5. Reassessments and progress reports

    The Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) serves as the Care Manager, communicating with the parents each week, either by phone or through an onsite visit.

    This scheduled communication encourages discussion related to goals, progress and the implementation of the treatment plan on a 24/7 basis.

    Most insurance companies require a formalized reassessment of the child’s progress and goals every three to six months.

  • 6. Re-evaluating goals/ Goal adjustment

    Goals are always open to discussion and review, particularly at the time of reassessment.

    The most important goals are those that are most meaningful to the family.

Ready to find out more?

Contact us today to see how we can help your family.


Spectrum Matters means that we help all kids on the autism spectrum because all kids matter to us regardless of age, socio-economic status, or diagnosis.

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