Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
At Gather+Grow, we recognize that there has been significant harm been caused by traditional ABA therapy, the likes of "extinguishing" behavior, planned ignoring, and punitive practices. Gather+Grow's position aligns with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) - all forms of compliance training are inhumane.
That said, structured data collection ensures that our interventions are having the intended outcome. Observing behavior, understanding trauma responses, developing hypotheses as to why harmful behavior is occurring, and using that data to make informed decisions about how to teach adaptive behavior, communicate authentically, and live fulfilled lives is effective therapy.
We seek to collaborate with and hire providers of all disciplines who align with neurodivergent-affirming, trauma-informed, and person-centered practices.