Center-Based Services


Center-Based Services are one-to-one applied behavior analysis (ABA) sessions for individuals that take place at a CARD center rather than in the home environment. Board-certified behavior technicians work one-to-one with patients under the supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), using the cutting-edge CARD curriculum to maximize progress.

There are many benefits to Center-Based Services:

  • When appropriate, patients are matched by age and level of functioning for socialization opportunities and peer play dates.
  • Centers offer a perfect setting for generalization, allowing patients to use acquired skills in a new way, at a new place.
  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts are at the centers, supervising and mentoring to maximize progress.
  • Patients have opportunities to engage with new toys and materials.
  • With focused parent/caregiver training hours, parents/caregivers have more time to work, attend meetings, or run errands, knowing their child is safe, engaged, and making progress at the center.

CARD researchers published their research on center-based programs in the field’s leading peer-reviewed journal, Behavior Analysis in Practice. The study “A Program Evaluation of Home and Center-Based Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder” compared the relative rates of mastery of exemplars (i.e., skill acquisition) for individuals with ASD who received home-based and center-based services. The study showed that patients between the ages of 3 and 12 years old demonstrated higher rates of learning during treatment that was provided in a center setting than in the patient’s home.  A between-groups analysis, comparing patients receiving treatment at home to patients receiving treatment in a center, found that patients mastered significantly more exemplars per hour when receiving center-based services than home-based services. Likewise, a paired-sample analysis found that patients who received both home and center-based services mastered 100% more exemplars per hour while at the center than at home.

Your CARD center provides a fun and welcoming atmosphere where your child can interact with a number of staff members and other patients, all while learning the lessons, behaviors, and skills they would learn at a home session but potentially at a faster rate.

To schedule your Center-Based Services, call CARD today at (855) 345-2273.

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