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What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

ABA focuses on identifying skill deficits that cause challenging behaviors and uses best practice interventions to help each individual learn meaningful skills that will prepare them for lives filled with growth and freedom.

It's not about reducing "bad behaviors". It's about helping individuals gain the critical skills necessary to safely face challenges and thrive.  

Quick Facts:​

  • Applied Behavior Analysis is the practical use of human behavioral science in real-world settings to build meaningful skills.

  • Scientifically-validated through decades of peer-reviewed studies.

  • Endorsed as an evidence-based best practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and the American Psychological Association.

  • Learn more about ABA from Autism Speaks

What is ABA?

Behavior Intervention/Functional Skill Replacement

Life is full of significant challenges. For many, navigating unexpected events can be unsettling. Even everyday interactions can generate alarm in one who has not developed the skills to face those situations. Under these conditions, acting out in problematic ways is not uncommon. Unfortunately, these behavior patterns often interfere with one's ability to learn and grow. In many cases, these effects can extend to family members and create a barrier for community involvement.

By designing a behavior intervention plan centered on an understanding of why these behaviors occur, we can move toward helping individuals manage their needs safely and constructively through emotional awareness and self-advocacy. 

Behavior Intervention/Skill Replacemnt

Skill Acquisition 

“Safety. Fun. Learning. In that order.” That was a teaching credo I learned as a young snowboard instructor and it has stuck with me throughout my career as a behavior analyst. Feeling motivated and supported drastically accelerates the learning process.


By carefully tailoring sessions to fit each individual’s profile, we have the best chance of building functional skills that will endure across all areas of their expanding lives. 

Areas for Acquisition/Expansion of Essential Life Skills

  • Communication
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Executive Functioning
  • Health and Safety
  • Play and Leisure
  • Social Interaction
  • Flexible Thinking
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Social Referencing
  • Adaptive Skills
  • Self-Awareness and Mindfulness
  • School Readiness
  • Tolerance to Change
Skill Acquisition
Core Values

Core Values:

  • Choice, Growth, and Independence: These are the values our practice was founded upon. Our mission is to teach clients to navigate a complex world, and to experience the joy that stems from independent choice and personal growth.

  • Compassionate Care: Putting our clients’ interests and needs first is the most effective component of treatment. 

  • Collaboration: We are the experts in ABA. You are the expert in knowing your child.  For this reason, we incorporate each family’s unique culture into our treatment planning and seek opportunities to collaborate with other providers to ensure continuity of care. 

  • Integrity: Honesty. Trust. Consistency. These principles guide the decisions we make and the care we provide. 

  • Excellence: Applied Behavior Analysis is constantly evolving. Our education never stops. When we combine our clinical experience with the most up-to-date treatments, we ensure optimal outcomes.


David Hughes M.s., BCBA

Clinical Director, Case consultant

I've had the honor of working with individuals with developmental, intellectual, and emotional disabilities for over a decade. I am driven to help people navigate and expand their worlds through the acquisition of essential life skills. As a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), I work to blend the extensive science of human behavior with each individual’s unique profile to help bring the joys of growth and independence to all of my clients.


I value parent/caregiver collaboration and welcome opportunities to problem-solve with school professionals, physicians, mental health providers, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, and any other significant members of your child's team. 

In my free time I enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, traveling to new places, and all the learning that comes from new adventures.

Meet the Team

McCaili GiauquE, B.S., RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

In my early education, I volunteered as a peer counselor and a teaching assistant for students with disabilities. The best part of the experience was the ability to see each student grow and gain independence from new skills.


I received my bachelor's in Psychology from Colorado State University and am currently pursuing a Master's degree in psychology with a specialization in ABA from Capella University.


In this position, I am passionate about working with clients and fostering an environment built on communication, creativity, and overall support. I believe that education and understanding of one another is the best way to foster change, both on an individual level and on a big picture scale.


Outside of work, I like to spend my time with my family and friends, and my wonderful pup. I love being outdoors, usually on a lake, and my favorite activity is going to concerts. 

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