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    The first child Johnson ever saw receive ABA therapy and inspired her to pursue a job in this field is the same child that she opted to take her photos with for this article.
“Once I saw the way it greatly improved the lives of children and families, I wanted to help as many people along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as possible,” said Johnson. “I saw a need for compassionate, high-quality services from someone who understands the importance of collaboration with families. At Victory Behavioral Center, we put a huge emphasis on parent training and ensuring that parents have the skills they need to help their child as well. We have gathered
a team of highly skilled professionals with a passion for helping children and families.”
Johnson believes in Applied Behavior Analysis because it is considered the only scientifically valid therapy available for treating behavioral issues associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA is the science of behavior and how to change those behaviors in a positive manner.
“ABA Therapy is designed to reinforce positive behaviors and help children with ASD develop the skills they need to learn appropriate social skills, communication, basic life skills, control outbursts or establish focus and attention,” says Johnson.
As to the effectiveness of ABA, The American Psychological Association, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, National Institute of Mental Health, Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and Organization for Autism Research all agree that ABA is an evidence-based best practice treatment that is highly effective for individuals with autism.
At Victory Behavioral Center, all cases are supervised by licensed and
board certified ABA supervisors (BCBAs) and are conducted by certified
ABA technicians (RBTs). Individualized assessments, treatment plans, and collaborations with providers are designed and implemented by their Master’s- level clinicians (BCBAs).
In-Home therapy, Center-Based Therapy, and Parent Coaching
• Skills learned in the natural environment
• Ability to observe and problem solve
stressful situations that occur at home
• More opportunities to incorporate
parents and other family members into
• Convenience of no travel time for client
and family members
• Parents can see therapist and child
interactions and witness new behaviors that may not occur outside of sessions
• Review and model new behaviors
step-by-step in a safe and controlled environment to increase amount of mastered skills
• Provides an opportunity for your child to have social interactions and to practice demonstrating essential skills needed to interact with peers
• Can prepare clients to enter school by modeling a classroom setting
• Practice transitioning between a one-on-one setting with an RBT to a group of peers
To enroll in services, visit and fill out the new client application.
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