The ABA Academy opened in 2013 by Board Certified Behavior Analysts Shelly Swift and Anne Katz who had been working through The ABA Network, an organization that provides in home and community therapy and is funded by private insurance. Many students at The ABA Academy receive private one to one therapy with The ABA Network Therapists.
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental motivation to produce socially significant improvement in human behavior. Socially significant behaviors include communication, social skills, and activities of daily living, academics, and work skills. Based on the findings of descriptive and functional analysis, ABA uses antecedent stimuli and consequences to produce practical change. ABA includes the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior. ABA is based on the belief that an individual’s behavior is determined by past and current environmental events in conjunction with organic variables such as genetics. Therefore, it focuses on explaining behavior in terms of external events that can be manipulated rather than internal constructs that are beyond our control. The focus of ABA is to use objective and reliable measurement of observable behavior.
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Shelly Swift MS/BCBA- Executive Director
In 2003, Shelly received her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. For the past 17 years she has worked in the field of ABA, with training from various professionals including Dr. Carbone, Dr. Patrick McGreevy, Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz, Dr. Mark Sundberg, among others. Shelly’s experience includes Discrete Trial Training, Verbal Behavior, Toilet Training, Feeding Programs, School Inclusion, and Social Skills Training. In July 2008 she completed the Professional Development Program in Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Behavior Anaylst. Shelly believes in the potential of every child to succeed by combining scientific research methodologies with compassion and love. “Only when a child knows you care, will they grant you the honor to teach them.”
Anne Binder-Katz Med/BCBA- Clinical Director
Anne Binder-Katz is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working for over a decade in homes, schools and the community helping children and their families meet educational and behavioral challenges. She received her Masters degree in Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and holds active memberships in the Association for Behavior Analysis and she mentors candidates for Board Certification in the field. She has experience working with individuals facing the challenges of autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, ADD/ADHD, special learning needs, and behavior disorders. She specializes in combining elements of research-based treatments of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, by effectively merging components of ABA, incidental teaching, positive behavior support, and verbal behavior training. Her approach to treatment is both based on proven techniques and kids enjoy the “work”! She has frequently conducted workshops and staff training for parents, therapists, school districts and provider agencies.
Her passion is the education and support of adults who provide care to children facing behavioral and developmental challenges. Anne’s primary role at The ABA Academy is to provide training and support to teachers and parents on a regular basis.
The ABA Academy employs teachers with either a state teaching certification in ESE, or who are eligible for certification with the BACB. All teachers are given guided practice by our Clinical Director/BCBA in the classroom while working directly with students. Throughout the school year we hold 4 professional days to provide teachers with ongoing continuing education courses in topics related to education, applied behavior analysis.