At Early Autism Services, we are passionate about the potential of your child. Since our founding in 2008, we’ve believed the best way to develop that potential is through proactive, personalized Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy programs that enable families to work hand in hand with licensed professionals. We offer high-quality ABA therapy in Boston and throughout the United States, Australia and India.
We are a team made of hundreds of experienced Behavior Therapists, Board Certified Behaviors Analysts and caring individuals who are all committed to helping children with autism and their families.
What Is ABA Therapy?
ABA therapy is a form of behavior therapy for children with autism. This therapy aims to encourage your child to enact positive behaviors such as making eye contact and limit negative behaviors such as temper tantrums. In addition to managing these behaviors, ABA therapy also increases language skills and improves your child’s ability to focus.
Behavior analysis therapy has decades of research behind it and is adaptable to fit your child’s needs. One main strategy used in ABA therapy is positive reinforcement. With this technique, your therapist will identify a goal behavior for your child and a meaningful reward. Each time your child enacts this positive behavior, they will receive their reward. Over time, your child will make a lasting behavior change.
During your child’s session, their therapist may use various treatment methods. In some sessions, your child’s therapist may initiate the activity. In other sessions, your child may take the lead while their therapist observes. We also provide training for parents, caregivers and family members to continue treatment outside of therapy.
Benefits of ABA Therapy
ABA therapy is an evidence-based practice treatment that’s very effective for children with autism. The term evidence-based means ABA therapy services have undergone and passed multiple tests to measure their usefulness and overall quality. ABA therapy has been in practice for many years and is proven to help all learners, not just children with autism.
Many therapists use ABA therapy for numerous applications, and it commonly helps children by increasing language skills, improving their ability to focus and reducing behavior issues. Our autism services in Maryland are flexible, and we will adapt our program to fit your child’s exact needs.
When your child receives ABA therapy from EAS, they may experience several ABA procedures during their session. In some sessions, the therapist may direct your child through exercises or a game. Other times, the therapist may let your child lead the session.
We also provide learning resources for parents and caregivers. Your child will have many opportunities to practice the skills they learn in therapy outside of their session, and we teach caregivers how to reward positive behaviors. We also teach caregivers how to discourage negative behaviors such as temper tantrums.
ABA Therapy Baltimore
& Greater Area
We offer in-home ABA therapy throughout the greater Baltimore area, including Frederick, Gaithersburg, Towson and Ellicott City. In-home services are generally for children aged two to 12 and are good for generalizing skills in a child’s natural environment. We focus on skills such as:
- Language and Communication
- Fine and Gross Motor
- Behavioral Planning
- Social Skills
- And more!
We offer Telehealth ABA therapy throughout the greater Baltimore area, including areas outside our in-home and center-based service areas. We recommend remote treatment for children over six who can maintain engagement through a virtual meeting. Telehealth is an excellent option for families who need a flexible solution. Our remote programs work on skills such as:
- Language and Communication
- Fine and Gross Motor
- Behavioral Planning
- Social Skills
- And more!
Our social skills groups offer children with autism the opportunity to practice social skills with a group of peers at the guidance of one of our trained clinicians. Groups typically meet in the evenings and weekends, either in person or via Zoom, and we gear our groups toward children ages six to 13. During our social skills groups, we focus on skills such as:
- Peer play
- Listening skills
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The primary concern of our team of trained and compassionate individuals is your child’s success. We specialize in building personalized ABA therapy programs that help children with autism achieve their potential.
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Insurances We Accept
We are in-network with the following insurance providers. If you don’t see your provider listed below, please give our team a call. We will check if we can work with your plan.
- Beacon Health Options-Medicaid
- Beacon Health-Options Commercial
- Care First-BCBS of MD Commercial
- EPH (John Hopkins) in MD
- Humana Military TriCare
- Kaiser Permanente (Commercial)
- Kaiser Permanente (Medicaid)
- Maryland Medicaid
- Meritain (3rd Party Aetna)
- UBH/Optum (GEHA)
Services Available Near
We offer services throughout the greater Baltimore area. If you don’t see your city listed below, please give us a call.
- Ellicott City
- Middle River
My Child Was Just
Diagnosed With Autism.
From understanding your child’s diagnosis to starting our autism services in Massachusetts, there are many steps along the way. Our team of clinicians is here to help. We can answer any questions you have and get you on the path to starting a personalized therapy program for your child. Below is a guide of our process at EAS.
WE’LL PROVIDE A FREE CONSULTATION.
A board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) will meet with both you and your child to get a comprehensive view of their unique needs.
OUR STAFF WILL WORK WITH YOUR INSURANCE.
From submitting your insurance to communicating with your provider through authorization, EAS will manage the entire process.
WE’LL PROVIDE AN ASSESSMENT AND CREATE A PERSONALIZED TREATMENT PLAN.
A BCBA will provide a one-on-one assessment while engaging your child through play, observation and conversation. This observation allows our clinicians to build a personalized program tailored to your child.
ABA SERVICES WILL BEGIN.
We’ll reassess via all-staff meetings and collaborate with you to ensure the plan continues to address your child’s needs over time.
Meet Our Baltimore
Kelly Collins, Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Kelly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for EAS. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Kelly received her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has worked both in-home and in the community with children and adolescents diagnosed with ASD.
Our Approach in ABA Therapy
The EAS Difference
EAS is accredited by the Board Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), which is an international accrediting body for behavior analysis therapy and evaluates clinical quality, staff qualifications and consumer satisfaction.
EAS has a robust team made of hundreds of BCBAs, BCaBAs, Registered Behavior Therapists, Behavior Technicians and insurance billing experts. Over the past decade, our team has helped hundreds of families throughout the United States, Australia, Canada and India.
We offer a variety of autism therapy options including in-home ABA therapy, center-based ABA therapy, and remote therapy via Telehealth. Additionally, we offer self-guided parent education classes and social skills groups after school and on weekends.
The curriculum in our programs combines decades of research and years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. We continuously reassess each child’s program through frequent all-staff meetings. These meetings help us ensure we are achieving the goals built into each child’s therapy plan.
We have a firm understanding of insurance law and the policies of each major insurance provider. We have worked on every type of insurance policy, including HMO, PPO, fully funded, self-funded, group, individual, in-state, out-of-state, private and federal policy. Insurance can feel complicated, but our team will guide you every step of the way.
All of our therapy programs are customized to each child’s unique skills. We provide individualized care as well as regular assessments to ensure we are continuing to meet your child’s needs.
Benefits of In-Home Therapy
Our in-home ABA therapy in Maryland is an excellent treatment option for many children with autism. Some benefits of our in-home service include:
- Convenience: Instead of dealing with travel and waiting rooms, let your child’s therapist come to you.
- Familiar environment: By having therapy in the comfort of your home, your child will be more at ease and receptive to their therapist.
- Fewer distractions: In-home therapy removes any noise and outside distractions that may be present during center-based treatment, allowing the therapist and your child to focus on the session.
- More observation opportunities: By observing your child’s behavior at home, our therapists will be able to understand your child’s needs more effectively and tailor their therapy toward them.
Since our ABA therapy plans in Baltimore are flexible, your child has many care options. During your child’s consultation, one of our board-certified behavior analysts will discuss possible treatment plans and what form of therapy would be most beneficial for your child.
Is the Social Skills Group Effective?
Social skills groups are immensely beneficial for children with autism. While it may take some time for your child to grow comfortable and start engaging with their social skills group, many parents notice a positive difference in their children after attending several sessions. Some benefits of your child attending a social skills group include:
- Increased communication skills: Many parents note an improvement or increase in their child’s social skills. After attending the social skills group, many children are better able to start a conversation, show empathy or read body language.
- Improvement in problem-solving: Our social skills groups give children the tools they need to solve problems individually and as a group.
- Self-confidence: In our social skills group, your child will meet others like them and receive positive support from their peers. Our group will also give them a sense of belonging or purpose as they work on their social skills to communicate with their new friends.
- Safe space for your child: Our social group’s welcoming, safe environment will help your child learn more quickly and allow them to be comfortable with our therapists and their peers.
Most importantly, our social skills group is fun for many children and allows them to interact with their peers through games and other play-based activities.
Missions & Values
At EAS, we strive to ensure everything we do reflects our company’s Core Purpose: To make high quality behavioral therapy available for all children with special needs, while adhering to our core values. Our four core values are:
- Make decisions empirically at all levels
- Be accessible and supportive
- Respect the individual
- Grow alongside both the client and staff
We Can Help.
If you would like to learn more about our ABA therapy program, please complete the brief form below to request a free consultation.
One of our clinicians will reach out for an initial meeting to give a basic overview of applied behavior analysis (ABA Therapy), answer questions about the program and our approach, discuss costs and answer questions about your insurance coverage.