What We Offer

ABA THERAPY

At Westside Behavior Therapy, we use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to affect a desired change in a child’s behavior.

Depending on the focus, our behavior analysts will begin with your child one-on-one in our highly-structured, center environment with the goal of moving toward a less-structured center environment.

Continually researched, applied, and improved over the last three decades, ABA therapy is the most successful strategy for teaching children with disabilities, promoted by the Center for Disease Control and endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General. (1999). By way of our own experience, as well as the literature, we have learned that it is also a very effective way to modify behavioral responses in children with emotional and/or developmental challenges.

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WE SPECIALIZE IN EARLY INTERVENTION

Since every child is different, we develop an individualized program tailored to meet his or her specific needs. We use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior while using curriculum and assessment tools to assess skill strengths and deficits and guide program development. Data is taken before and throughout ABA therapy. Our behavior analysts are frequently revising therapy practices to ensure continued progress. Skills are taught systematically to ensure effective translation in your child’s natural environment.

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Communication Skills

We target communication to decrease problem behaviors. We utilize mand (request) training, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and we can work closely with your child's speech therapist. 

Cooperation Skills

We track behavior data to decrease problem behaviors and implement transition building exercises into programs. 

Peer Interaction

Sometimes even starting with simple eye contact excercises, we help to facilitate and cultivate positive peer interaction from the beginning.

Family Interaction

We include the whole family in our ABA programs. To ensure fluidity in programs, we may conduct parent and sibling trainings. 

Appropriate Play/ Leisure Skills

Our ABA programs can promote and target appropriate play skills while diminishing problem behaviors.

Functional Living/ Life Skills

We incorporate Natural Environment Training (NET) into programs in addition to creating task schedules for everyday life skills.

Transitions to School

While program goals are as diverse as our clients, we target transitioning our kids into schools whenever possible. 

Natural Environment Training

If everyday outings and trips can be difficult, we may implement NET outings to accustom our clients to routine flexibility. 

Potty Training

We use data tracking and daily schedules to make potty training a success. 

Fine Motor and Gross Skills

Our ABA therapists collaborate with your child's Occupational and/or Physical Therapist to work toward goals as part of a collective treatment team. 

Academic Skills

While emphasizing ability, we include academic goals into our client's programs. 

Getting Started

When your child is diagnosed with a developmental disability, it can be incredibly overwhelming and at times shocking. As a parent, or a family member living with someone who’s been recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), you face daily challenges that don’t impact other families. You probably face more demands on your time, energy and even finances than other people do. You may not even know where to turn for help. Westside Behavior Therapy can help you get started on your journey toward hope. We’ve put together this guide to outline some of the first steps you should take.

  • Of foremost importance, it’s crucial to pursue needs-based care. The needs of the child are very important, but the needs of the caregivers and family must also be considered.
  • To obtain the best care, seek Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy uses the well-established principles of learning to decrease negative behaviors and increase communication and life skills. This treatment is a research-based intervention for helping children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities. The emphasis is on proven outcomes.
  • Secure educational services, available either through the state department of education or department of health. A local regional center or community-centered board (CCB) can also be helpful in identifying the local, state and federally funded programs for people with developmental disabilities. Community-centered boards serve as liaisons between the department of health and in some cases the department of education funding and community resources.
  • Clarify insurance coverage or financial assistance. Start by talking with the employee benefit manager at your place of employment. This professional can help determine if certain disabilities are deemed medically necessary to treat. Oregon has health insurance mandates for the behavioral treatment of children with autism. If insurance will not cover treating the disability, it’s very important to appeal on behalf of the child.
  • Seek family/community support. Many communities have support groups for parents and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities. These include the Autism Society or the Down’s Syndrome Association. There are also many online chat-rooms for specific disabilities.

At Westside Behavior Therapy, our goal is to help children on the autism spectrum reach their potential. We help by providing individualized clinical services. As a devoted, capable partner with you, we offer compassionate care coupled with professionalism and skilled training. We combine expertise and knowledge with clinical, technical and interpersonal skills to achieve successful behavioral outcomes …all with the goal of making your family’s life easier.

To begin, we work with you to create an individualized behavior program for your child based on what we learn from behavioral interviews and scientifically validated assessments. This information serves as a baseline as we fine-tune the treatment plan with additional observations. Our programs reflect the latest research on behavioral treatment and are based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).