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Applied Behavior Analysis


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services at Leaps and Bounds Therapy Services Howell location, benefits a wide variety of children.   ABA treatment focuses on communication, social relationships and behaviors.  These children may have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) along with a range of other diagnosis.

ABA services are targeted to decrease learning deficits and challenging behaviors.  After being accepted into our program, a child is evaluated by a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) using a complete skills assessment, such as ABLLS-R or VB-Mapp.  After the assessment a comprehensive plan is written which drives the child’s educational program.

The ABA program will address the areas of: motor, language, academic, social, self-care, and behaviors. When appropriate, the BCBA will conduct a functional behavior assessment (FBA) and develop a corresponding behavior plan.

The BCBA works collaboratively with the family, school and other therapists to provide a comprehensive treatment approach.


Shannon Schatz

Shannon received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University in 2011. While being enrolled in WMU’s well know Applied Behavior Analysis program in 2010, she completed her practicum providing ABA therapy at a pre-school for children with severe autism. While enrolled in this practicum, it’s where she learned that autism and ABA was her passion. She got to witness firsthand the amazing things ABA therapy can do to help children with disabilities.

Shannon then went on to receive her Master’s of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University in 2014. After working 1:1 with individuals with disabilities as a behavior technician for 2 years, Shannon was promoted to lead behavior technician for 3 years, and then moved up to managing an ABA clinic in Texas. After being a part of many roles in the ABA field, she decided she wanted to help children on a larger scale and she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2015.  Her favorite parts of being a BCBA is working directly with the children, seeing their every day progress, and hearing about the things they accomplish in the community and at home.

When not at work, Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband, Jake and two boys, Jax and Kade. She also enjoys boating, outdoor adventures, exercising, attempting to be crafty and reality TV. Shannon lived in San Antonio, Texas for 7 years before coming back to Michigan in April 2017!

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