Emerald City Clinic

1:1 Therapy

Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy

At Emerald City Clinic, everything we do is based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

With a ratio of one teacher (Certified Behavior Technician registered with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and under the direct supervision of a State – Licensed and Board – Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA / LBA)) to one student (client) is the arrangement of providing ABA services at ECS Clinic. One technician : One child.

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One technician : One child.

Each program is created to specifically meet the needs of each individual child. Our therapy uses the principles of ABA; including positive reinforcement, shaping, prompting, fading, and capturing motivation. Some typical methodologies include discrete trial teaching (DTT), verbal behavior methodology (Skinner, 1957), pivotal response training (PRT), natural environment training (NET), incidental teaching, and social skills instruction in real and orchestrated trials.

Practicing every skill is approached as a series of chunking small tasks together, coupled with several opportunities for reinforcement for each discrete trial.

ABA services help the child form new ways to communicate effectively. Services can also facilitate social interaction and enhance playtime enjoyment.

Individualized one-to-one ABA therapy (1:1 ABA therapy) programming is based on strengths and deficits gleaned during in-house assessments, testing, and with prompted and unprompted (probed) measurements.

Each client is taught by a certified and registered behavior technician (CBT) under the direct supervision of a State – Licensed and Board – Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA / LBA).


Moments initiated by the learner rather than the therapist. The moment is opportunistically seized for the benefit of the learner, e.g., a learner normally unwilling to initiate social contracting says “your dog is funny,” and the therapist takes the chance to create a less-contrived platform for socializing with a response geared towards a shared focus (the dog), e.g., “Her name is ‘Jetty,’ and she really likes you, see her tail? Do you have a pet? How many?” Paying attention to what motivates a child allows incidental teaching moments to occur.

Also known as turn-taking behaviors, pivotal areas of a client / student / child’s development are more general than a single specific behavior. For example, turn-taking behavior has positive implications outside of a single game / turn if learned and generalized across settings / across subjects (people).

This can provide synergistic improvements across other behaviors, e.g., social skills, communication skills, general behavior and readiness / preparedness for learning.

Some areas included with PRT are motivation, self-management strategizing and techniques, multiple – stimuli responding and increasing initiations in social venues.

Helping learners request specific items more successfully in a socially-significant context. For example, the ability to say, “excuse me,” in a crowded space is a mand that can also serve to benefit the learner in generalized contexts.

NET uses ABA to teach in the real-world events not planned ahead of time. Behaviors can be differentiated by function of each skill acquisition and discriminated through shaping to evince more successive approximations to the target behavior of choice. NET uses captured motivation unique to the learner, instructional control, pairing, using probe measure data and errorless learning in addition to discrete trials. NET utilizes the power of generalization to take skills learned in the clinic and apply them in other environments.

Generalization is key to the success of any ABA program and related services.

ECS Clinic works to ensure that skills taught in the clinic are generalized to other functionally – relevant settings, e.g., school, parks, shopping locations, and in various other areas your child will be with family and friends.


We believe in…

… applying data-based decision making and positive reinforcement.

… using evidence / research-based strategies to support the development and learning process.

… celebrating each child’s individuality, and their improvements along the way.

… allowing your child to have fun, to flourish, and to feel empowered as an effective self-agent.

In addition to having an excellent staff, we believe in life-long, engaged learning. Our ideal location has access to many fine arts opportunities and chances to give back to the community.

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