Prospective Parents

What is ABA?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of human behavior that began with the work of B.F. Skinner over 70 years ago.  Skinner discovered that the social and physical environment teaches us how to behavior.  The teaching that we do is based on the principles of ABA.  If you really understand behavior analysis, then you can understand the real causes of human behavior.  If you apply that knowledge to an understanding of children with Autism who have difficulties with communicating, learning, and challenging behaviors and you use the tools developed through behavior analysis (referred to behavior modification), then you can have success teaching individuals how to communicate and learn. To check for your provider in the Anthem ACA Network, go to, go to the "provider finder" tool.  Search for Indiana Exchange providers.  With this tool you can check to see if your ABA provider, physician or other medical provider is in the Anthem ACA Marketplace plan.  Contracts are still out with providers, so consumers should check periodically for updates before choosing a plan, or contact your provider directly to ask if they are or plan to participate.

What is VB?

In Verbal Behavior, B.F. Skinner outlined his analysis of Verbal Behavior (VB) which describes a group of verbal operants, or functional units of language.   Skinner explained that language could be analyzed into a set of functional units, with each type of operant serving a different function.  He coined terms that didn’t exist (to separate these operants from anything described by traditional linguistics) for these operants.  VB is ABA with a focus on Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior; it is the application of the science of behavior analysis to teach verbal behavior.

What is NET?

The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) provides a special program called Natural Environment Training (NET).  Families are eligible for this program while your child is enrolled at the BACA and receiving all in center clinically indicated services as recommended by your child's therapy team.  Our hope is to provide support to all BACA families in their home environment and in their community.  We encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity because we understand that all gains of our clients need to be generalized across all settings, situations, and people and this will only be accomplished through educating our parents.

The NET program is designed to show the family how to create meaningful language opportunities while successfully promoting appropriate behavior.  Our goal is to coach parents how to create a language-based environment and maximize teaching opportunities.  These sessions may occur in the home, during mealtime, sibling play, or in the community (restaurants or shopping).  Please contact your consultant or clinical director for more information on BACA's NET program.

Therapy @ BACA

Therapy sessions are broken up into 2 one-on-one sessions and 2-4 midday sessions. 1-on-1 therapy sessions last for 3 hours each.  All full day clients have one a.m. session from 8:30 - 11:30, 2-4 midday session, and one p.m. session from 1:30-4:30.

Daily Schedule       

8:30 - Client Drop off                           

8:30-11:30 - AM Therapy Session           

11:30-1:30 - Midday                               

1:30-4:30 - PM Therapy Session

4:30 - Client Pick Up

AM Therapy Session

The primary therapist picks the client up at 8:30am and works with their client in a 1-on-1 setting.  Most clients have the opportunity to attend groups throughout the morning with their therapist.  Some groups work on social skills, classroom routine, group responding, etc.  The client’s primary therapist is directly in charge of their entire program.

Midday Sessions

All full day clients have 2-4 half-hour sessions between 11:30am-1:30pm.  During midday, clients focus on group skills, functional skills, social skills, classroom routines/skills, motor skills, etc.  During midday, clients have one block for lunch.  

PM Therapy Session

The secondary therapist picks the client up at 1:30pm from their midday group and works with their client in a 1-on-1 setting.  Most clients have the opportunity to attend groups throughout the afternoon with their therapist.  Some groups work on social skills, classroom routine, group responding, etc.  The client’s secondary therapist works on missed acquisition targets in the client’s program, OT and Speech checklists, and probing maintenance program targets.

What is a primary therapist?

Each client, either full time or part time, is assigned a primary therapist who works under the client’s consultant.  The primary therapist is responsible for providing direct therapy during the AM session.  Primary therapists work directly with the consultant while creating an individualized treatment plan through VB-MAPP testing.  The primary therapist is responsible for communication will all necessary team members regarding the client’s program.  During AM therapy, the primary therapist collects acquisition probe data 3 times per week, or as directed by the consultant.  

What is a secondary therapist?

Each full time client is assigned a secondary therapist.  The client’s secondary therapist is responsible for providing direct therapy during the PM session, and implementing directions given by the primary therapist.  During the PM session, the secondary therapist collects and records maintenance probe data once per week.  Secondary therapists also update program planning sheets, skill tracking sheets, picture cards, note cards, and all other materials used for targets that have been mastered.

BACA’s Yearly Schedule

BACA has a schedule independent of the surrounding school districts.  BACA has a total of ten scheduled days off each year, two of which are staff development days.

BACA‘s only extended vacation time occurs around Memorial Day which coincides with ABAI’s annual conference.  This allows consultants and administrative staff to be abreast with current research and developments within the ABA field.  

Current Parents


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Snow Day Policy

In an event that it is determined by the BACA administration that it is too dangerous for our staff and families to drive to the center, BACA will close for a "snow day". This will be determined by 6:30 am and a message will be placed on the WTHR Channel 13, BACA answering machine (317-288-5232), BACA’s Facebook page, and on our website located in the Facebook wall section.


Check out our resources page for suggested links, books, etc.

Suggested Websites
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is a nonprofit organization that harnesses the expertise of hundreds of behavioral scientists to solve problems in the home, school, community, and the workplace.
Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis
The purpose of the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis is to facilitate humane, ethical and effective behavioral practices in academic, research, home, school, clinic, community, and other settings.  HABA is Indiana’s state chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
Association for Behavior Analysis International
The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.
The Behavior Analysts Certification Board
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis(JABA) is a psychology journal that publishes research about applications of the experimental analysis of behavior to problems of social importance.
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
The Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior(JEAB) is a psychology journal primarily for the original publication of experiments relevant to the behavior of individual organisms.
Autism Internet Modules
The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD.
Association for Science in Autism Treatment
ASAT is a not-for-profit organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education, treatment, and care of people with autism. Since ASAT was established in 1998, it has been our goal to work toward adopting higher standards of accountability for the care, education and treatment of all individuals with autism.
National Autism Center (NAC)
The National Autism Center is May Institute's center for the promotion of evidence-based practice. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by providing reliable information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources for families, practitioners, and communities.
The National Professional Development Center on ASD (NPDC)
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders is a multi-university center to promote the use of evidence-based practice for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.
Association for Behavior Analysis International
An article “Consumer Guidelines for Identifying, Selecting, and Evaluating Behavior Analysts Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders” by the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).
The Professional Crisis Management Association (PCMA)
The Professional Crisis Management Association (PCMA) has been providing crisis management and behavior analysis training, certification, consulting and technology-based solutions that help individuals and organizations since 1981.
Colleague Websites
Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) - Sundberg, Mark L.
The VB-MAPP is a criterion-referenced assessment tool, curriculum guide, and skill tracking system that is designed for children with autism, and other individuals who demonstrate language delays. The VB-MAPP is based on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior, established developmental milestones, and research from the field of behavior analysis.
Applied Behavior Analysis  - Cooper, J.O., Heron, T.E. & Heward, W.L.
Applied Behavior Analysis provides a complete description of the principles and procedures needed to systematically change socially significant behavior and to understand the reasons for that change. This comprehensive text, appropriate for courses in basic principles, applications, and behavioral research methods, helps students, educators, and practitioners appreciate and begin to acquire the conceptual and technical skills necessary to foster socially adaptive behavior in diverse individuals.
Behavior Modification: What it is and how to do it - Martin, G.L. & Pear, J.J.
Behavior Modification: What It Is and How to Do It assumes no specific prior knowledge about psychology or behavior modification on the part of the reader. Those who want to know how to apply behavior modification to their everyday concerns—from helping children learn life’s necessary skills to solving some of their own personal behavior problems—will find the text useful.
Don’t Shoot the Dog - Pryor, K.
Now Karen Pryor clearly explains the  underlying principles of behavioral training and through  numerous fascinating examples reveals how this art  can be applied to virtually any common situation.  And best of all, she tells how to do it without  yelling threats, force, punishment, guilt trips--or  shooting the dog. 8 methods for putting an end to  all kinds of undesirable behavior. The 10 laws of  "shaping" behavior--for results without strain  or pain through "affection training."  How to combat your own addictions to alcohol,  drugs, cigarettes, overheating or whatever, how to deal  with such difficult problems as a moody spouse, an  impossible teen, or an aged parent.
Teaching Language to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities - Sundberg, M.L. & Partington, J.W.
This book provides an easy to understand introduction to Skinner s analysis of language (i.e., mands, tacts, & intraverbals) with easy to follow examples of everyday language skills demonstrated by children. The book contains a brief language assessment system; the Behavioral Language Assessment Form (BLAF) that will give parents and teachers a quick overview of a child s language skills (see the VB-MAPP for a more thorough assessment).
Quick Tips - Behavioral Strategies - Behavior Analysts, Inc.
The Verbal Behavior Approach - Barbera, M. & Rasmussen, T.
I Want to be Like You - Breeding, Travis
"With a combination of personal experiences, information about Asperger's and the autism spectrum, and Travis's observations and advice, "I Want to be Like You" proves to be a perfect tool to help readers who are on the spectrum, are helping someone on the spectrum, or just want to understand what this relatively new diagnosis is to bridge the gap between autistic and neurotypical individuals."

Dr. Carl Sundberg (Executive Director) has created this list of approved resources to provide greater understanding of autism and related spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis (ABA), Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior, local support services, and many other important subjects.