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Individual or Group Learning?

There are only so many hours in a day. And even fewer hours when your child is alert and ready to learn! Currently, local families cannot access effective therapy and group learning simultaneously (though we are working to change that!). We have noticed a familiar pattern for young children and children with substantial support needs. Does… Read more »

Developmental Support in Schools

Our BCBAs and RBTs work with children in their everyday environments. Sometimes, this is a preschool or daycare center! We are proud of the respectful, collaborative relationships we have built within Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax counties. If your child attends a private school or daycare, reach out for information on our school-based services. And for… Read more »

Parent-Based Therapy Programs

A unique approach for families Parenting a child diagnosed with autism can feel overwhelming. And we know that waitlists for evidence-based behavioral therapy are long. Way too long. Unfortunately, we do not have immediate availability for a full, comprehensive ABA program for each family that contacts us. However, you may be eligible for our parent-based… Read more »

Our Process from Intake to Discharge

Getting a therapy program started can be time-consuming. This is especially true when using health insurance benefits to pay for treatment. We will help you every step of the way. Insurance companies require preauthorization of most therapy services. In order to receive preauthorization, your provider will need to submit proof of diagnosis, a comprehensive assessment… Read more »

Toddlers Skip the Waitlist!

Without an early start, children miss out on vital social skills and become more likely to develop aggressive and dangerous behaviors. We know that waitlists for behavioral therapy are long. Way too long. But toddlers should not be waiting! Their time is too precious. Eligibility Your child is eligible to skip our waitlist if he… Read more »

3 Simple Rules to Get Started

Some kids do not easily learn from everyday life. These kids miss out on important social lessons like how to learn in a group or how to make a new friend. This is where a behavioral therapy program comes in.  When you begin a therapy program, it is best to start simple. Focus on these… Read more »

Teaching Friendly Requests

This is part 2 of our Social Skills for Happy Kids series Appropriate requesting is a primary goal of any good social skills program, whether for toddlers, teens, or adults. When your child approaches you and looks at your face, you know for sure that she is communicating with you, rather than talking to herself… Read more »

Happy Kids Make Friendly Requests

Sometimes, kids get what they want in not-so-great ways. They whine, they cry, and they grab things out of our hands. We all have tough days and forget our manners. But for some kids, it’s not just a tough day. Happy people of all ages can ask for what they want. And they can tolerate… Read more »

Hannah Alejandria, RBT

Hannah Alejandria is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with Patterson Behavior Services. In this role, she works directly with children to teach new skills and reduce challenging behaviors. Hannah completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in data analysis at George Mason University. She received her initial RBT training as an employee for Patterson… Read more »

Amanda Breed, RBT

Amanda Breed is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with Patterson Behavior Services. In this role, she works directly with children to teach new skills and reduce challenging behaviors. Amanda has been an RBT for 2 years and is currently studying to become a Behavior Analyst. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Hobart and William… Read more »