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Behavioral Pediatrics/Therapies

Behavioral Therapies

Therapies with a behavioral approach can help individuals with Autism.

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA) is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968/1987; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991). Click HERE to view ASI’s ABA Therapy Resource Page

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) If your child has a developmental, learning, or behavioral problem, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician has the training and expertise to evaluate and care for your child. Developmental-behavioral pediatricians possess training and experience to consider, in their assessments and treatments, the medical and psychosocial aspects of children’s and adolescents’ developmental and behavioral problems.

Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is a one-to-one instructional approach used to teach skills in a planned, controlled, and systematic manner. DTT is used when a learner needs to learn a skill best taught in small repeated steps. Each trial or teaching opportunity has a definite beginning and end, thus the descriptor discrete trial. Within DTT, the use of antecedents and consequences is carefully planned and implemented. Positive praise and/or tangible rewards are used to reinforce desired skills or behaviors. Data collection is an important part of DTT and supports decision making by providing teachers/practitioners with information about beginning skill level, progress and challenges, skill acquisition and maintenance, and generalization of learned skills or behaviors.

Functional Communication Training (FCT) emerged from the literature on functional behavioral assessment (FBA) as a systematic practice to replace inappropriate behavior or subtle communicative acts with more appropriate and effective communicative behaviors or skills. FCT is always implemented after an FBA has been conducted to identify the function of an interfering behavior. When using FCT, teachers/practitioners analyze the interfering behavior to determine what the learner is trying to communicate. For example, is the learner biting peers when she wants a toy that another child has? Or is the learner yelling out in class so that he will be sent out of the room? After teachers/practitioners have identified the function of the interfering behavior, they then implement FCT to identify and teach a replacement behavior that is easy for the learner to use and serves the same purpose as the interfering behavior, but in a more appropriate way.

Relationship Development Interventer (RDI) is a trademarked treatment program that centers on the believe individuals with Autism can participate in authentic emotional relationships if they are exposed to them in a gradual, systematic way. Click HERE to view ASI’s RDI Resource Page.

Verbal Behavior and Mand Training is the use of prompts and reinforcements of independent request for items (referred to as mands).




Dr. Michael E. Mashall

180 Harvester Dr.

Burr Ridge, IL 60527


Pediatric Developmental Behavioral Health, Neurodevelopment Disabilities


Dr. Kruti Acharya, MD

180 Harvester Dr.

Burr Ridge, IL 60527


Pediatric Developmental Behavioral Health


Dr. Larry W. Desch, MD

4440 W 95th St Suite 1200H

Oak Lawn, IL 60453

(708) 684-5341

Pediatric Developmental Behavioral Health, Neurodevelopment Disabilities


Dr. Charles T. Morton, MD

1701 Curtis Rd

Champaign, IL 61822

(217) 365-6202

Pediatric Developmental Behavioral Health


Dr. Peter J. Smith, MD

800 E 55th St.

Chicago, IL 60615

(773) 702-0660

Pediatric Developmental Behavioral Health, Neurodevelopment Disabilities




ACP Consultants
2604 Dempster St., Suite 510
Park Ridge, IL 60068

At ACP Consultants, you find a warm, friendly, experienced team of coaches and therapists available to help you overcome life’s bumps and unexpected detours. Licensed by the State of Illinois and selected by the director for their advanced  training and expertise in coaching and individual, couples, child, family, or group therapies, each member of our exceptionally trained staff incorporates his or her background into the compassionate care we provide. We do everything possible to help you resolve troubling issues and provide you the tools you and your family need to live a richer, more peaceful life.


Allison Lobel, Psy.D.

The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC

16W241 S. Frontage Road Suite 35

Burr Ridge, IL 60527


The Center for Hope & Healing, LLC is committed to providing therapeutic interventions that optimize the social and emotional well-being of children and families affected by autism and related developmental disorders. 


Autism Home Support
85 Revere Dr., Suite AA
Northbrook, IL 60062

Our passion is delivering progress towards hopes and dreams


Dynamic Behavioral Services

Dana Affrunti, M.S., BCBA
Phone. 1.271.381.8487
Fax 1.888.667.9056

Northwest Behavioral Health Services, PC

121 South Wilke Road, Suite 200

Arlington Heights, IL 60005


Ages: 2 and up Services Provided: ABA Therapy (Clinic and In-Home), Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Social Skills Groups, Educational Tutoring


Positive Behavioral Connections, Inc

22323 Naperville Rd., Suite 180

Naperville, IL 60563


At Positive Behavioral Connections we provide home, clinic and community-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children on the Autism Spectrum.





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