My Background and Philosophy

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. 

Read on to learn more about the services I provide or contact me to set up a meeting.

-David E. Hughes, M.S., BCBA


What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

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

ABA focuses on identifying skill deficits that cause unhealthy/problematic behaviors and uses best practice interventions to help each individual acquire skills that will best 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.  


Core Values:

  • Integrity 

  • Compassion 

  • Collaboration

  • Evidence-Based 

  • Best Practice 

  • Fun

What Sets Passport Apart?

Quality over quantity. 

Working directly with my clients and families is a worthy investment that takes time. Maintaining a small caseload allows me to better understand each child's unique interests and background.   


I've been working to help individuals with autism identify and achieve their goals since 2007, and I've been in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2010. My experience has taught me ABA is highly effective, but requires careful application. Taking a compassionate and collaborative approach led by the client's interests is our best path to growth.


Skill Acquisiton

“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

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. 


Communication and Collaboration

Every individual has the greatest chance for growth and success when treatment is well-coordinated and communicated between the people who know them best. For this reason I place a high priority on parent/caregiver collaboration.


I 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. 


David Hughes, M.S., BCBA

Fort Collins, Colorado​

Tel: (970) 460-3495