Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Building Bridges provides ABA Therapy and Social/Language Classrooms for young children with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), and other similar verbal, social or behavioral challenges. We use the fundamental principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to best prepare your child for success in the home, classroom & community.
We help your child with:
- Language & Speech
- Potty Training
- Social and Play Skills
- Self regulating Behavioral & Sensory Challenges
- Relationship Building
A Decade of Experience and Knowledge
It's been over 10 years since Building Bridges first opened and now our team has grown to 15 active therapists who regularly visit the homes of many local Portland metro area families providing ABA Therapy & Consultation. We are proud to have helped so many children achieve such extraordinary breakthroughs and we look forward to helping you and your family as well.
Individual ABA Therapy Program for Your Child
We understand that your child is unique, and as a result, he or she has individual educational needs. At Building Bridges we believe all children should have a customized therapy program that is continually assessed to determine the best interventions and course of action. The various strengths and weaknesses of your child in different areas of development will be taken into account. Communication, cognitive skills, academics, social skills, play skills, self-help and fine & gross motor skills are all addressed. Your child's progress is carefully monitored & documented to keep instruction moving in the right direction and at the proper pace. Our goal is to nurture happy, social, eager learners.
Therapists typically work one-on-one with your child in intensive two-hour sessions. Several sessions per day are recommended for optimum progress. Over 90% of our therapist have Master"s degrees. Therapists are trained to run programs designed for your child based on his or her specific needs. Sessions are educational and fun. Most children enjoy therapy and form close bonds with their therapists.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Our BCBA's are Elizabeth Mishler and Emily Hoyt. Both hold master's degrees from Columbia University. It is highly recommended that your consultant work one-on-one with your child at least 1-2 hours per week. When working one-on-one with your child, your consultant is able to make more effective programming decisions.
Parental involvement in the treatment process is very important. Parent training sessions in which one or both parents and the child work together with the consultant or a therapist are quite effective. We also offer monthly parent training classes at Bridges. Parents who learn the specific techniques used by the therapists can apply elements of treatments to daily interactions with their child. Most parents agree that parent training improves the quality of parent-child interactions and encourages generalization of newly acquired skills to family settings.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the application of behavioral principles to the improvement of socially significant behavior. ABA is the most widely approved treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
“Jon and I are so happy at the progress that Joseph has made over the past 18 months, and all of you have played a significant role in who he is today. He is the most incredible little boy, a great deal because of these special ladies in his life. What you do for these kids is priceless, and I commend you all for dedicating yourselves to somethingso meaningful. Thank you so much.” -Lisa, Portland OR