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Our Directors and Staff

Elizabeth Hughes, Ph.D., Director of Child & Adolescent Services has been working with children within the autism spectrum and related disabilities in the field of ABA for over ten years. Dr. Hughes has developed specific curriculums focused on increasing children's natural use of language, social and play skills. In addition to directing and implementing behavioral programs, she also has extensive experience training others in the implementation and design of comprehensive behavioral programs.

Most IABA Child & Adolescent Services Managers have a Master's degree in psychology, education, behavior analysis, or a related field. Additionally, most of our management staff possess the BCBA certification. We are proud to say that many of our service staff also have advanced degrees or are pursuing graduate level educations. All of our staff are highly trained, and receive ongoing clinical supervision in order to provide the highest quality treatment to your child.


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16-Hour Parent Training

Our Director of Child & Adolescent Services  Elizabeth Hughes, Ph.D., and our Managers personally facilitate all Parent Training Workshop classes. During these classes, you will have the opportunity to meet our Case Managers, as they lecture on various topics related to positive behavioral parenting interventions. Our Parent Training Workshops are designed to help you better understand your child's behavior and learn to use various positive and supportive parenting techniques. As part of the Parent Training Workshop, you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your child's behavior or development.

Our workshops are individualized to meet the specific needs of families attending the group. The size of our classes is kept small in order to give you the most personalized experience possible. This small setting allows families to get to know one another, and enables our class leaders to tailor the material so that it is relevant to your child and your family. Our goal is to make learning the information both enjoyable and beneficial, so that you can begin using techniques with your child right after the first session!

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Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (Intensive ABA)

Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (Intensive ABA) is an intervention used for children who display challenging behaviors that interfere with their daily lives. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a field of psychology based on the theory that our environment impacts our behavior. In other words, every behavior that we exhibit has a good reason for occurring. If we can understand those reasons, we can shape and change behaviors. By understanding the ways that the environment and behavior are related, we can decrease the presence of challenging behaviors while simultaneously teaching appropriate skills.

At IABA, our goal is to assist your child to develop self-monitoring skills and self-control over challenging behaviors, so that she or he will be able to participate in the least restrictive environments. Consistent with IABA philosophy, this service does not employ strategies that might be described as aversive or punishing.  As with all of our services, parent participation is a key factor and we will work collaboratively with your family to design interventions that are most beneficial to your unique needs.

Early Intensive Behavior Intervention
Discrete Trial Training: Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is an intervention used with young children with Autistic Disorder.  DTT applies basic behavioral principles to instructional tasks. In DTT, complex skills are broken down into simple steps. Each of these steps is learned before the skill is made any more complicated. A three-part teaching unit, consisting of an instruction, a response, and feedback about the response is utilized to maximize learning and reduce frustration. This process assists children to retain the skills they have previously learned, by having each new concept build upon previously learned skills.

Parents are often concerned that DTT services for their child will be unnecessarily repetitive and "boring." Though a certain amount of repetition is required for all of us to learn, DTT does not have to be boring! At IABA, we incorporate DTT teaching methodologies into play and social situations, so that your child can benefit from this effective behavioral teaching style in a naturalistic setting. As with all of our services, parent participation is a key factor and we will work collaboratively with your family to design interventions that are most beneficial to your unique needs.

Pivotal Response Training: Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is used to teach behaviors that are central to broad areas of functioning. Rather than target specific behaviors one at a time, PRT focuses on "pivotal" behaviors that can lead to improvements in other areas of behavior. A strength of pivotal response training is enhanced motivation. Children with autism typically lack the motivation to learn new tasks and participate in their social environment, which may be observed as temper tantrums, crying, fidgeting, staring, noncompliance, inattention or lethargy. PRT targets motivation by encouraging the child to respond to increasing expectations related to communication and socialization, using methods such as turn-taking, child choice, modeling, shaping, and direct reinforcement. The child plays a central role in determining what activities and objects will be used during a PRT session.

Natural Environment 
Play-based Intervention:  We believe it's important to go beyond typical discrete trial methods as the child builds a larger repertoire of communication skills. Play-based ABA approaches gradually expand sessions into more unstructured formats, which help prevent rote responses and allow a child to apply new skills to a range of activities, individuals and situations.

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Adaptive Skills Training

Adaptive Skills Training (AST) intervention is used for children who need assistance in learning skills that are necessary for daily functioning. These can include self-help, communication, social, and community safety skills. AST is a service that can benefit children of all ages.

Our AST programs use teaching techniques based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). With this structured teaching methodology, complex skills are broken down into smaller parts, which reduces frustration and increases learning. All skills are taught in a functional setting to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment plan. As with all of our services, parent participation is a key factor and we will work collaboratively with your family to design interventions that are most beneficial to your unique needs.


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Behavioral Respite Services

Behavioral Respite Service (BRS) provides behaviorally trained supervision for children with developmental disabilities. In BRS, our objective is to provide opportunities for families to lead typical lives, and integrate children into community, recreational, social, and cultural events and activities.  We assist the child and family by providing additional support in those settings

The BRS philosophy supports an inclusion model. We believe that all children should be able to live in the least restrictive environment and participate in the same activities as other children their age. Services should occur within the natural setting, and goals should be consistent with the changing needs of the child and their family.


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IABA - CAS Services Locations

Elizabeth Hughes, Ph.D.
Director of Youth Services
(818) 881-1933 •

For Intake & Referrals Contact:
Los Angeles Office
5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 675, Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 649-0499

North Los Angeles Office
14148 Magnolia Blvd., Suite 103, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 881-1933

San Leandro Office
1515 Aurora Drive, Suite 103F, San Leandro, CA 94577

Carlsbad Office
701 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 300, Carlsbad, CA 92056


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CAS (child & adolescent services)

Our Child & Adolescent Services division of IABA provides a full range of behavioral services, including Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention, Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (Intensive ABA), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Pivotal Response Training (PRT),  Adaptive Skills Training (AST), Play-based Intervention, Social Skills Training, Psycho Therapy, Psycho-educational Assessments, Functional Behavior Assessments, and Behavioral Respite Services.

We know that finding the right services for your child can be a stressful process. At IABA, we strive to make finding and starting services as fast and easy as possible. We believe that parents are the experts on their own children, and thus all interventions are created in collaboration with parents and families. Our goal is to assist every child in reaching his or her potential and for all families to feel confident that their child is receiving the best services available.

Our staff is always ready to explain your service options and answer any questions you may have.


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