What is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991). Through the use of behavioral principles, the goal is to increase desirable behaviors and skills, and decrease or eliminate undesirable behaviors.

Building Bridges develops programs through a relationship-based model.

Our Approach to Behavior Intervention

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Building Bridges’ innovative approach to behavior interventions is based on validated ABA principles, combined with three decades of research in human development, and ongoing findings on how the nervous system and brain develop. The company’s unique programs stand apart from traditional approaches, which tend to focus mainly on surface behaviors of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs), rather than on underlying core deficits. 


Building Bridges develops programs through a relationship-based model, which focuses on building the foundations for healthy developmental behaviors, rather than working solely on symptomatic behaviors. Using this approach, children learn to develop the crucial abilities that were disrupted along the developmental path, such as the ability to relate with warmth and pleasure, communicate meaningfully, and think with more logic and creativity.

Treatment is based on the assumption that we can influence these core areas by working with the child's emotions in the context of relationships. Through the use of positive behavioral support techniques within a larger developmental framework, Building Bridges effectively addresses both the problem behaviors and the core deficits in development. 


Building Bridges abandons the one-size fits all philosophy, carefully tailoring programs to fit the individual needs of each child and family.


​Building Bridges incorporates family in intervention plans and views the family unit as having an integral role in the child's development and success. In addition to providing quality direct intervention, the program educates and supports caregivers, providing the tools necessary to become effective 'interventionists' for their children.


Home-based behavior intervention services can be accessed through your Regional Center or Private Insurance. Building Bridges is also certified by the California Department of Education to provide school-based behavioral support and intervention.


Please see below for more details on accessing these services.


Building Bridges is a vendor of North Los Angeles County and Westside Regional Centers. Our vendor number is PW5642. 


We are also open to contracting with other regional centers for the purpose of providing behavior assessment and intervention services.


To initiate services with Building Bridges through your regional center, please contact your Service Coordinator and inform them of our vendor name and number.​​


Pursuant to law SB946, as of July 1st, 2012, most health care companies are mandated to provide behavioral health coverage for individuals with Autism. 


Building Bridges is an in-network provider for several health insurance companies in California. 


We are also open to contracting with new insurance companies to meet our clients' needs. Please check with your health care provider to find out more about your coverage policies. 


For more information about SB946, visit​​​


Building Bridges is certified by the California Department of Education as a Non-Public Agency.


We are authorized to provide Behavior Intervention Design (BID) and Behavior Intervention Implementation (BII) services per the child's Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Building Bridges is authorized to provide these services in both public and non-public schools.​

SB936: To learn more about how this law may impact your child's services and to access support, please contact The Autism Health Project, Inc. for a free consultation at (510) 325-0975 or visit