ABA Therapy

For children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, daily activities and interactions can be challenging, and in many different ways. Our therapists work one-on-one with clients to create a personalized plan that uses Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy. ABA is based on the principles of how children learn combined with natural-environment settings and actions, helping clients to modify their behavior. This type of therapy uses activities of daily living to practice and develop skills, increasing behaviors that positively affect the client and decreasing behaviors that negatively affect them. Our therapists utilize behavior intervention plans developed by a BCBA (Board-Certified Behavior Analyst) that incorporate client goals, needs, and interventions. ABA is an intensive therapy that necessitates adherence to a scheduled duration of hours. 

All therapy services are provided in an inclusive community setting at Kids Play Gym.  Children receiving services will utilize both the public gym space, as well as our private therapy areas.  All children that are receiving services will be granted free admission to the public gym space, either before or after their session with parental supervision.

Our Therapists

Anna McCullough
Clinical Director, BCBA
Anna moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 2015. She loves this community and loves working with children with autism here. She has worked with children on the spectrum since 2010. She attended Purdue University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. She then attended Ball State University where she earned her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a certificate in Autism. She passed the National Board Exam in February of 2015 and has been working as a Behavior Analyst since. She has experience with all ages and abilities and enjoys finding the right plan for each and every individual she works with. She is very excited for the opportunities that Kids Play Gym will provide for the children we serve.
Karena Robertson
Behavior Support Consultant, BCBA
Karena is a Behavior Consultant for behavioral support services at Kids Play Gym. Karena has been providing behavior analytic services for ten years, with the past seven years dedicated to supporting individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families, in Bloomington and the surrounding areas. She received her bachelors of arts in Secondary Education at Indiana University before obtaining a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Karena is passionate about using the practices and principles of ABA to increase executive functions and activities of daily living skills (ADLS), as well as improve the overall quality of life for the individuals that she serves. Karena is an active member of several professional scientific organizations, has served on the boards of two local foundations, and regularly attends and participates in continuing education conferences and trainings. Her work within the Bloomington community has led to a number of collaborations with local businesses, schools, universities, and special needs programs. Karena is a co-founder of the Infinite Transitions Project (ITP), a Bloomington-based agency that works with individuals with learning differences and local organizations to provide aide during difficult transitional periods, including independent living, vocational, educational, and social/community immersion, using natural environment training (NET). In her spare time, Karena enjoys traveling, being outside, and spending time with her husband and two young sons.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is a therapeutic method that helps children with autism reinforce positive behaviors and discourage negative behaviors through reward systems and consequences. ABA is play-based and aids children in gaining behavioral skills through one-on-one interactions with a therapist, as well as by playing with other children.

Does ABA work?

ABA has been declared an “evidence based” therapy method by the American Psychological Association, which means that it has been scientifically tested and proven to be effective. Over 20 clinical studies have been performed that conclude that long-term and intensive ABA therapy improves the intellectual and social functioning, language development, and daily living skills for many children with autism.

FUN FACT:

ABA Therapy has been used to help children with autism since the 1960s!