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Benefits of Center-Based Services

Autism Learning Partners strives to give hope, support and paths of progress for children and their families living with autism and related disorders. At ALP, we provide a tailored Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) care plan that allows your child to reach their maximum potential with the assistance of exceptional clinical talent. 

ABA is widely recognized as the most effective treatment for individuals with autism. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach. ABA programs should be individualized for your child’s needs and learning style. Therapy can take place in a variety of settings such as home, center, school and in the community.  Over the last 33 years, ALP has opened centers nationwide to provide an additional setting that learning can take place in our communities. There are several benefits to receiving center-based services such as increased resources, gaining school readiness skills, generalization, consistency, peer interactions, and caregiver collaboration. 

Center-Based Service Offerings at ALP

Our centers offer a structured environment designed to give your child a safe learning space. They allow your child to work on goals in an efficient way while creating an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a different setting outside of home. We provide focused or comprehensive ABA programs in our center. Our comprehensive programs allow for an intensive service model for children that require a larger program.  We address communication skills, daily living skills, social and play skills, and problem behaviors. 

Increased Resources

There are a variety of resources available at each of our centers. Given the nature of our centers, we’re able to provide a variety of educational materials. Your child will be exposed to different toys and will learn how to play through naturalist teaching. Our centers also offer a variety of trained staff to assist in your child’s development. Our staff includes trained behavior technicians and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) that are evaluating your child’s progress and making necessary adjustments. 

School Readiness Skills

Center-based services provide an opportunity for your child to practice following classroom routines. Having a setup similar to what your child can expect from a classroom can help prepare them for the transition to a school environment. They will work on simple and complex instructions, transitions, taking turns, attending for longer periods of time and increasing their independence.


Children often learn skills at home and have difficulty demonstrating the same learned skills outside of home such as school and in the community. Center-based services offer an ideal setting for children to learn and demonstrate real life skills in a less familiar environment with the use of different materials and individuals.

A Consistent Clinical Team

Your child will interact with a variety of team members in a center setting that includes an onsite BCBA who provides oversight for your child’s program. If a center team member transitions out of the center, your child will continue to work with other familiar team members. This consistency creates a space for your child to further their progress on an anticipated schedule.

Social Opportunities with Peers of a Similar Age

Center-based services provide a safe space for your child to socialize with other children with autism. This space encourages your child to practice what they have learned individually and apply it to building relationships with other children. These interactions are the foundation upon which your child can build a happy, full, and complete life. These learning experiences can translate to a variety of social experiences that they will encounter as children and adults. Centers nurture a feeling of belonging and inclusivity that translates into becoming part of a community throughout their lives. 

Caregiver Collaboration 

ALP’s family centered treatment model integrates caregivers at all stages, including goal selection, program implementation and progress assessment in real time. Caregiver collaboration includes scheduled meetings and regular caregiver participation in direct therapy sessions. When caregivers are actively involved and trained in ABA practices, they learn to create effective opportunities for their child, address solutions for specific scenarios, become familiar with their child’s behavior plan, and see greater outcomes. 

Center-based ABA therapy offers a variety of services that can complement your child’s treatment plan. ALP is steadfast in providing options for our families that are the best fit and in the best interest of the child. Whether services take place in the home, community, or in a center, your child reaching their fullest potential through ABA is our most sincere and ultimate goal.

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