Specializing in Autism, Behavior, and Speech Therapy


Autism Intervention

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) designs a unique program tailored to meet your child’s needs in the clinic, home, and/or school setting.

During your child's first 5 to 10 therapy sessions, a full evaluation of behavior and language is conducted by the therapist. The BCBA will use the assessment information to develop and tailor an individual treatment plan with specific goals and objectives for the year. PineCone Therapies uses the VB-MAPP by Dr. Mark Sundberg, which includes language assessment, barriers assessment, and transition assessment, and the ABLLS-R by Dr. Jim Partington to guide our teaching. Once the treatment plan is created, therapy will include one-on-one instruction conducted in 1 to 4 hour sessions 2 to 7 days a week.

The treatment package will include:

  • Supervision by a BCBA
  • Individualized lesson plans updated on a weekly basis
  • Data collection to guide all academic and behavioral decisions
  • Ongoing parent and/or staff/home therapist training
  • Progress reports every quarter
  • Academics instruction as designed and warranted
  • ARD meeting attendance by PineCone Therapies staff as requested by family

Now enrolling ages 18 months to 6 years for our 
Early Education Program 
(NET Classroom)

What is Natural Environment Training?

Natural Environment Training (NET) was developed by Drs. Sundberg & Partington and based on Skinner's Verbal Behavior (1957.) Teaching in the NET requires the therapist to focus on the child's immediate interests and activities as a guide to their language instruction. It is conducted in a typical daily environment, not in a formal teaching arrangement. This type of training allows for more manding (requesting) opportunities, reduces the need for intricate generalization procedures and promotes more spontaneous verbal behavior. The child may also exhibit fewer negative behaviors because of the focus on motivation and the use of consequences more directly related to that motivation (Hall & Sundberg, 1987; Koegal, Koegal, & Surratt, 1992; Stafford, Sundberg, & Braam, 1988).

What Experts and Parents Are Saying 

Families are sometimes taken advantage of through "expensive, risky therapies that have no chance of helping children with autism. These activities divert time and energy away from proven, evidence-based interventions like Applied Behavior Analysis."

- Alison Singer, President of the Autism Science Foundation
 Chicago Tribune, October 14, 2011

PineCone Therapies is a practice guided by the scientific principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Treatment goals are designed to help clients with socially valid behaviors that are of immediate importance. PineCone Therapies is committed to helping individuals with autism spectrum disorders acquire skills to increase learning and functional skill achievement.