Frequently Asked Questions About Autism

Browse categories below to find answers to the most frequently asked questions on autism and ABA Therapy.
  • What is a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst)?

    A Board Certified Behavior Analyst, or BCBA, is a graduate-level professional who is certified in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. BCBAs apply the principles of ABA to help children with autism improve behaviors and reach optimal outcomes so that they can reach their true potential.

    Life Skills Autism Academy's BCBAs oversee the creation, implementation and evaluation of individualized ABA Therapy for our clients. They take the lead building the best possible plan based on each child's unique strengths and challenges.

  • What is a Behavior Technician?

    At Life Skills Autism Academy, Behavior Technicians work one-on-one with children with autism to implement techniques that help them navigate everyday processes. We train every one of our Behavior Technicians in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, a treatment that breaks processes and behaviors down into small, simple steps.

  • What are Life Skills Autism Academy's Office Hours?

    Life Skills Autism Academy hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 5:30pm.

  • What milestones should my child be reaching?

    Understanding what typical social, emotional and motor-skill development to look for in your child is important and knowing what to do next is critical in setting your child on a path toward success. Below are example developmental milestones children should be reaching:


    • Bears weight on legs with support
    • Sits with help
    • Babbles (says "mama," "baba," "dada")
    • Responds to own name
    • Transfers toys from one hand to the other


    • Crawls
    • Stands when supported
    • Searches for things that he or she sees you hide
    • Says single words like "mama" or "dada"
    • Points to things


    • Points with intent to show things to others
    • Knows what familiar things are used for
    • Copies others
    • Gains new words
    • Knows at least six words
    • Notices when a caregiver leaves or returns


    • Uses two-word phrases (for example, "drink milk")
    • Knows what to do with common things such as brushes, phones, forks and spoons
    • Copies actions and words
    • Follows simple instructions


    • Copies adults and friends
    • Takes turns playing games
    • Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps
    • Says their own first name and age


    • Enjoys doing new things
    • Would rather play with other children than by themselves
    • Able to name some colors and numbers
    • Can tell you what they think will happen next in a book

    If your child is displaying any sign of developmental delays when comparing to their expected milestones, it's important to speak to your child's physician as a diagnostic test or screening for autism spectrum disorder may be necessary.

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