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Kids come first at Pediatric Therapy Clinic

Every parent has hopes and dreams for their child, and those who have children with therapeutic needs are no different. That’s why at Pediatric Therapy Clinic we celebrate the uniqueness of every child as we create a tailored treatment plan designed just for them. We are specialists in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and focus on custom solutions that work for your child and you.

The ABA Therapy Experts

Effective autism therapy requires a deep commitment and an understanding of the specific needs of children who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum or who have other developmental delays. Our Bozeman BCBAs and ABA therapists use their training, knowledge and experience to create structure and opportunities for success, whether helping children with school readiness, improving communication, social skills, reducing behaviors or meeting life skill milestones.

ABA stands for “applied behavior analysis.” It is a proven, effective therapy for children diagnosed with an autism-spectrum disorder or other developmental delays. ABA combines educational, psychological and developmental techniques, and focuses on the individual needs of each child.

Applied behavior analysis is an evidence-based approach that has been called a “best practice” by the American Psychological Association. It is flexible, goal-oriented, and designed to help each learner to achieve their best possible outcome.

Applied behavior analysis uses a variety of techniques to help your child meet his or her specific goals. For example, our therapists can help your child learn simple tasks at first and, over time, help them tackle more complex skills. Our therapists making learning fun through play and positive reinforcement to motivate your child and shape behavior.

Your child’s needs will determine exactly how much time they spend with their ABA therapist, and where that therapy takes place. Research shows that during the first years of intervention, 35-40 hours per week may be most beneficial.

Your Board Certified Behavior Analyst, or BCBA, will develop your child’s plan and take into account the best locations for treatment, including your home, our clinic, out in the community or in school. Based on your school’s policies and those of your insurance company, the therapist may even be able to accompany your child into the classroom to help with academics, behaviors, social skills,  and communication.

The hallmark of a high quality ABA program is oversight by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). When choosing ABA services, it is important to consider whether or not your provider is Board Certified. Board Certification helps to ensure that your provider is providing evidence-based, ethical, high quality services for your child.

BCBA’s are specialized behavioral health providers with graduate and/or post-graduate degrees and are credentialed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. BCBA’s may oversee and supervise Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT).

BCBAs must engage in continuing education to ensure they are expanding their behavior analytic skills beyond the initial requirements and to stay up to date with current developments in the profession (BACB, 2020). Continuing education units may include topics such as research, evidence-based interventions, ethics, cultural considerations and many more.

At Pediatric Therapy Clinic, your child’s treatment team will be led by a BCBA or BCaBA (sometimes referred to as the “programmer”) who will conduct initial and ongoing assessments, make treatment recommendations, analyze and design programming, conduct ongoing parent education and train and oversee members of your child’s direct treatment team. These activities will occur both during and outside of your child’s sessions. Your BCBA will make individualized recommendations regarding the amount of supervision your child’s program requires. You can expect to have regular communication with your child’s BCBA regarding goals, interventions and teaching strategies, progress and any questions or concerns you may have.

Additionally, the BCBA or BCaBA oversees the Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), who deliver the majority of your child’s direct therapy hours. RBTs are paraprofessionals who assist in providing behavior analysis services under close, ongoing supervision by a BCBA or BCaBA. RBTs must pass an exam, receive ongoing supervision, adhere to the ethical code and renew their certification annually.

This team of certified professionals and paraprofessionals will work together to ensure your child receives the highest quality services available.

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ABA therapy can help your child:

improve communication

interact more positively with other children, friends and family

gain personal care skills, such as dressing or bathing

Develop fine and gross motor skills

overcome feeding problems

reduce problem behaviors


Speech Language Pathologist

Rooted in personal experience and ignited by her love for kids, Karly has been a speech-language pathologist since 2019. Karly completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Montana State University and went on to earn a Master’s in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montana. Her final graduate internship brought her to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego where she stayed and expanded her clinical training for four years. A Montana native, Karly was thrilled to return to Bozeman to serve her community and empower individuals with communication differences and diverse learning styles. Karly enjoys working closely with families to provide home programming and education that promotes generalization of progress and confidence beyond the clinic   

Now Offering Speech Therapy!

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