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ABLS Mission

Applied Behavioral Learning Services (ABLS) was founded in 2002 to provide the highest quality educational and clinical services for children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and other Disruptive Behavior Disorders using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and other evidence-based approaches.​

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Applied Behavior Analysis is used to develop data-based individualized programs to teach communication, social skills, self-regulation, coping skills, and self-care. Traditional behavioral instructional methods, such as discrete trials, are combined with Naturalistic Teaching Methods (e.g., Pivotal Response Training and Natural Environment Training) and other evidence-based approaches to create a program that meets the needs of each child.

Programs focus on the acquisition of skills and the generalization of these skills to natural environments. A systematic, data-driven approach to generalization is used to ensure that skills become part of the child’s functional behavior repertoire.


At Applied Behavioral Learning Services we believe that in order to provide high quality services for children, it is important to attend to the specific needs of families and their particular circumstances. In keeping with this philosophy, services are tailored to fit the unique profile of each child and his/her family and may include home visits, community outings, and consultation to the family.

Having worked with young children with Autism in the Commonwealth for over 20 years, we are proud to say we have followed our very first young children into adulthood.  Less than 0.005% of ABLS children have required residential placement and many have graduated high school and are now in college.  We consider the establishment of these long term relationships with families, early intervention providers, and school system an important part of our mission.  At ABLS we truly put into practice the philosophy that “it takes a village to raise a child.”  

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