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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services

Summit provides intensive applied behavior analysis services (ABA) therapy for children with autism, related disorders, or challenging behaviors. We specialize in early intervention (ages 0-5) and use evidence-based practices to target skill deficits and behavioral excesses for children with the diagnosis of ASD. Our interventions are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis and provided in your child’s home, community, or school setting.

We use a wide variety of behavior analytic methods such as:

  • Discrete Trial Training    
  • Incidental Teaching  
  • Verbal Behavior
  • Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT)

We believe that our clients have the right to effective treatment, and only implement interventions based on scientific evidence. Additionally, we aim to provide efficient and effective programming for our clients, so that they can make the maximum amount of progress during their time with us.

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Services

Summit provides Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapy for children with ASD, language delays, or related disorders. Dr. Hughes-Lika is an ESDM Certified Therapist and oversees all program development and training for this service delivery model.

The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a comprehensive early intervention program that integrates behavioral, relationship-based, and developmental approaches into an intensive, evidence-based intervention program for children with autism, ages 12 months to 60 months. Children participating in ESDM therapy receive a minimum of 12 to 25 hours of individualized home-based programming, carried out by trained interventionists and parents, during natural routines and play-based activities. The program encompasses a developmental curriculum that defines the skills to be taught at any given time, and a set of teaching procedures used to deliver this content. It is not tied to a specific delivery setting; however, it can be delivered by therapy teams and/or parents in group programs, or through individual therapy sessions in either a clinical setting or the child's home.

The core features of the ESDM include:

  • Naturalistic applied behavioral analytic strategies (i.e., PRT)
  • Sensitivity to the typical development sequence
  • High level of parental involvement
  • Focus on meaningful social exchange and positive affect
  • Shared engagement with joint activities
  • Language and communication taught inside a positive, affect-based relationship