Behavior Problem? No Problem!

     We have been providing services to children and adolescents with serious learning or behavior problems for over 30 years nationally and nearly 20 years in south Florida and are one of the premier behavioral services agencies in the world. No matter if your son or daughter is just beginning to experience problems, has recently been diagnosed or has been seen by other professionals and you are looking for more effective therapy - we can help. No problem is too big or too small for us to handle. We have worked successfully with behavior problems ranging from mildly annoying to life-threatening. Furthermore, we can work with children, adolescents or adults with and without mental health diagnoses. We treat the individual – not the diagnosis! Some of our specialties are listed below.      

  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Attention Deficit Disorders
  • Autism & Related Disorders
  • Bedtime Problems
  • Bi-Polar Disorders
  • Classroom Management
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Daily Living Skills Training
  • Defiant Behaviors
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Discrete Trials Training
  • Emotional Disturbances
  • Enuresis & Encopresis
  • Food Refusal
  • Food Selectivity
  • Functional Communication Training
  • Hyperactive Disorders
  • Impulsiveness
  • Medication Refusal
  • Mental Illness
  • Mouthing
  • Noncompliance
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Oppositional Behaviors
  • Phobias
  • Pica
  • Play & Leisure Skill Training
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Running Away
  • Self-Care Skills Training
  • Self-Injury
  • Skills Training
  • Sleeping Problems
  • Social Skills Training
  • Stereotypical Behavior
  • Tantrums
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Verbal Behavior Programming
  • Vomiting & Rumination

 

If you don't see what you are looking for, please contact us. We'd be happy to speak to you, free of charge, to see if we can help. Send us an email at info@behavior-analysis.org  or call us at (954) 577-7790.

How Does it Work?

ASSESSMENT. We begin with a thorough behavioral (functional) assessment designed to determine exactly why the person is behaving as he or she does and to determine appropriate behaviors that should replace the unwanted behavior. The person is getting something out of the behavior - our job is to figure out what he or she is getting out of the behavior so we can determine the most appropriate treatment methods. Research and experience shows that reducing the undesired behavior without teaching the person appropriate alternative behavior will not produce significant long-lasting behavior change. Therefore, we place great emphasis on teaching the individual appropriate, desired behavior to replace the problem behavior.

INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT PLAN. Based on this assessment, we create an individualized behavioral treatment plan that is designed to meet the individual’s and the family's unique needs. The treatment plan uses the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) both to reduce the unwanted behavior and to teach appropriate alternative behaviors. Applied Behavior Analysis is the treatment of choice for teaching new behavior as well as for reducing undesired behavior and has an extensive scientific literature supporting its use. We emphasize the use of positive reinforcement in all of our intervention plans, which leads to people wanting to behave well, not having to behave well in order to avoid something unpleasant. This results in better interpersonal relationships and in long-lasting behavior change.

TRAINING PARENTS AND OTHERS. Our approach is not like others in which the professional works only with the child and does not involve the parent significantly in treatment. If we want a child to behave well in someone's presence, that person must carry out the treatment himself or herself. That means that in order for a child (or adolescent) to behave appropriately in the presence of his or her parents, the parents must carry out the program. Therefore, once we have the program figured out, we train all relevant caregivers on exactly what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Think of behavioral treatment as a team approach – we are the coaches and determine what to do, when to do it and how to do it; you are the players, you actually carry out the program according to the plan. If the family is not directly involved in treatment, the child will learn to behave well only in the presence of the behavior analyst. Clearly, this is not useful to the family. Only by teaching the family how to respond to the child, will the child's behavior change in meaningful and long-lasting ways.

MONITORING PROGRESS. We systematically monitor progress frequently so that everyone knows exactly how well treatment is going, how far we've come and how far we have to go. We use this information to ensure that we are making optimal progress and to adjust the program as necessary to achieve the greatest degree of progress possible. The child's parents and others are often asked to collect some information on the level of desired and undesired behavior to aid in this decision making.

FADING OUT. Our goal is to give you the tools to effectively manage the child's behavior now and in the future. Once the behavior is changing in the desired direction, we'll gradually and systematically fade out of the picture so that you can get on with your new lives. 

To get started or to get more information, please contact us at (954) 577-7790 or at Info@Behavior-Analysis.Org.

Ft. Lauderdale Autism Treatment Center Staff

Here are pictures of the great staff at our Ft. Lauderdale Center! You can click on each thumbnail for a larger version.

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Gesell Gavidia

Broward Program Director

Raquel Aidie

Raquel Aidie

Clinical Supervisor

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Liliet Tarrago

Clinical Supervisor

Anna Galiano

Anna Galiano

Clinical Supervisor

Nomara Santos

Nomara Santos

Clinical Supervisor

JoAnna Rojas

JoAnna Rojas

Clinical Supervisor

Nabela Farouk

Therapist  

Lauren Cacciatore

Lauren Cacciatore

Therapist  

Brizel Trinidad

Brizel Trinidad

Therapist

Maricel Walsh

Maricel Walsh

Therapist

Elizabeth Napoles

Elizabeth Napoles

Therapist

Kelsi Disch

Kelsi Disch

Therapist

Ashli Adams

Ashli Adams

Therapist

Dia Al-attar

Dia Al-attar

Therapist

Shahnawz Hardanian

Shahnawz Hardanian

Therapist

Melissa Herba

Melissa Herba

Therapist

Almedra Johnson

Almedra Johnson

Therapist

Wren Kerce

Wren Kerce

Therapist

Rianna Marajh

Rianna Marajh

Therapist

Melanie Serrate

Melanie Serrate

Therapist

Morgan Stradal

Morgan Stradal

Therapist

Sarah Troya

Sarah Troya

Therapist

Ashli Adams

Ashli Adams

Therapist

Dia Al-attar

Dia Al-attar

Therapist

Diana Zerda

Diana Zerda

Therapist

Melissa Herba

Melissa Herba

Therapist

Morgan Stradal

Morgan Stradal

Therapist

Rianna Marajh

Rianna Marajh

Therapist

Andres

Andres Gallego

Therapist

Anha Islam

Anha Islam

Therapist

Daniela Garcia

Daniela Garcia

Therapist

Shahnawz Hardanian

Shahnawz Hardanian

Therapist

Sharanie Pierre

Sharanie Pierre

Therapist

Kiana Mejia

Kiana Mejia

Therapist

Bianca Ward

Bianca Ward

Therapist

Bianka Fernandez

Bianka Fernandez

Therapist

Natalie Noriega

Natalie Noriega

Therapist

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Miami Autism Treatment Center Staff

Here are pictures of the fantastic staff at our Miami Center!

Jimena Mekras

Jimena Mekras

Program Director

Mary Knowles

Mary Knowles

Clinical Supervisor

Alyssa Gonzalez

Alyssa Gonzalez

Clinical Supervisor

Annabelle Sordo

Annabelle Sordo

Clinical Supervisor

Kelly Glista

Kelly Glista

Therapist

Valerie Rego

Valerie Rego

Therapist

Judith Vargas

Judith Vargas

Therapist

Lynett Araujo

Lynett Araujo

Therapist

Lara Fontan

Lara Fontan

Therapist

Samuel Cruz

Samuel Cruz

Therapist

Andrea Mendoza

Andrea Mendoza

Therapist

Steven Tuckler

Steven Tuckler

Therapist

Luz Scheidt

Luz Scheidt

Therapist

Michelle Cuadra

Michelle Cuadra

Therapist

Nick Hernandez

Nick Hernandez

Therapist

Lauren Castro

Lauren Castro

Therapist

Christina Chirino

Christina Chirino

Therapist

Josselyn Delgado

Josselyn Delgado

Therapist

Vanessa Rodriguez

Vanessa Rodriguez

Therapist

Cassandra Labat

Cassandra Labat

Therapist

Rosangela Estrada

Rosangela Estrada

Therapist

Stephanie Ruiz

Stephanie Ruiz

Therapist

Rosalinda Almirall

Rosalinda Almirall

Therapist

Alexis Landa

Alexis Landa

Therapist

Annee Gordon

Annee Gordon

Therapist

Daphne Namnum

Daphne Namnum

Therapist

Emerald Scott

Emerald Scott

Therapist

Juan Pastor

Juan Pastor

Therapist

Marie Carrier

Marie Carrier

Therapist

Rebecca Iriarte

Rebecca Iriarte

Therapist

Ricardo Roque

Ricardo Roque

Therapist

Diane Tipps

Diane Tipps

Therapist

Diego Montes

Diego Montes

Therapist

Taimari Velazquez

Taimari Velazquez

Therapist

Anielka Baez

Anielka Baez

Therapist

Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson

Therapist

Jocelin Araya

Jocelin Araya

Therapist

Sabrina DeGoias

Sabrina DeGoias

Therapist

Jennifer Hevia

Jennifer Hevia

Therapist

Brittany Lopez

Brittany Lopez

Therapist

Linda Lopez

Linda Lopez

Therapist

Amanda Raude

Amanda Raude

Therapist

Violeta Villavicencio

Violeta Villavicencio

Therapist

William Sisney

William Sisney

Therapist

Vanessa Ruiz

Vanessa Ruiz

Therapist

Samantha Delgado

Samantha Delgado

Therapist

Jessica Otalora

Jessica Otalora

Therapist

Gisselle Quezada

Gisselle Quezada

Therapist

Cindy Contreras

Cindy Contreras

Therapist

Adlinda Toutounji

Adlinda Toutounji

Therapist

Amanda Raude

Amanda Raude

Therapist

Ana Arce

Ana Arce

Therapist

Ana Garcia

Ana Garcia

Therapist

Breydik Diaz

Breydik Diaz

Therapist

Brittany Wasserbeck

Brittany Wasserbeck

Therapist

Daphne Namnum

Daphne Namnum

Therapist

Jennifer Hevia

Jennifer Hevia

Therapist

Kiahra Martinez

Kiahra Martinez

Therapist

Priscilla Pabon

Priscilla Pabon

Therapist

Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Therapist

Stephanie Pierre

Stephanie Pierre

Therapist

Vanessa Little

Vanessa Little

Therapist

Amanda Montesino

Amanda Montesino

Therapist

Samantha Cimarelli

Samantha Cimarelli

Therapist

Carolina Ramirez

Carolina Ramirez

Therapist

Marina Mills

Marina Mills

Therapist

Michaella Kanarek

Michaella Kanarek

Therapist

Carolina Aguila

Carolina Aguila

Therapist

Carolina Ramirez

Carolina Ramirez

Therapist

Lauren Khoury

Lauren Khoury

Therapist

Marina Mills

Marina Mills

Therapist

Michaella Kanarek

Michaella Kanarek

Therapist

Nikia Brooks

Nikia Brooks

Therapist

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