Respite Department


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a type of therapy focused on modifying behavior through the utilization of a scientific approach to learning.  The goal of ABA is to improve helpful behaviors such as social skills, communication, memory, activities of daily living (ADLs), while reducing challenging behaviors that may be harmful or negatively affect the person in treatment or their family.   


Research indicates that Applied Behavior Analysis can be used for anyone, however, Unlocked Potential focuses on the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for youth involved with the agency who are between the ages of 4 - 21, majority of whom have a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum, but, can also include youth who have a diagnosis of Down's Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or any other Intellectual or Developmental Delay and who's insurance approves the service.


Unlocked Potential provides ABA therapy services in the families' home as well as the local community to the child and family (as clinically appropriate).  

Unlocked Potential may also offer School Based ABA services.  Please click here, for more information. 


Sessions occur during a mutual agreed upon schedule between the family and the ABA Staff.  Due to children's school schedule, sessions generally occur afterschool, evenings, and weekends.


Families often choose Applied Behavior Analysis as a more direct approach to modifying behaviors.  The approach tends to be more intense than other therapies while focusing on behavior.  Learning skills involves repetition, analyzing data to visualize improvements, and updating programming to accommodate mastery and progression.  Additionally, a large part of ABA is teaching skills to the family and other natural supports to help maintain gains long term.