Self Discovery
Providing Behavioral Therapy to Children with Autism and Related Disorders


Welcome to Self Discovery!
Our mission is to help children achieve independence in their daily activities and close the gap on their developmental delays. This goal is achieved by implementing behavior change procedures grounded in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to improve socially significant behaviors.


Individualized programs are created and overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and range from child centered naturalistic instruction to highly structured training. ABA interventions include strategies for teaching new behaviors (e.g., imitation, shaping, and chaining) as well as using techniques to decrease inappropriate behavior (e.g., extinction, differential reinforcement, and antecedent interventions). Specific interventions include: Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Play-based ABA, Pivotal Response Training (PRT), and Functional Communication Training (FCT).

  • Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is a highly structured form of teaching that is primarily used with individuals who require repetition to learn new skills. This technique is based on the three term contingency, antecedent –response -consequence.
  • Play-based ABA is an intervention focused on play where multiple skills are targeted at once and the instructors follow the interests of the child. The adult is still in control of the session and directs the child while using ABA methodologies to ensure that goals are addressed throughout therapy. Common principles include positive reinforcement, systematic prompting and prompt fading, errorless learning, and generalization training.
  • Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is a naturalistic treatment approach that targets “pivotal” behaviors, such as motivation and responsivity to multiple cues. Focus is on treatment of pivotal areas of development that will have long lasting effects on other behaviors.

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