Applied Behavior Analysis
As defined by Baer, Wolf, & Risley, “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.“ Social significant behaviors include skills, such as communication, reading, academics, social skills, and adaptive living skills.
Speech language Pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat
speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and
swallowing disorders in children. Speech disorders occur when a person has
difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g., stuttering is a form
of disfluency) or has problems with his or her voice or resonance.
Dr. Christine Biscardi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and the founder and owner of Stepping Stone Kids Therapy, LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business, Master of Arts Degree in Education with an emphasis in curriculum design, and a Doctorate in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Biscardi’s dissertation focused on the investigation of screening procedures to identify developmental delays in children birth to age 3. Dr. Biscardi has over twenty years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disorders with behavioral challenges. Dr. Biscardi is a member of The Collier County Council of Autism Service Providers (CCCA), and a member of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) as well as the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA)
The primary goal of Stepping Stone Kids Therapy is to provide services to children and their families with quality care using ABA, Occupational, and Speech therapies in a variety of settings to create individualized care and ensure the desired outcomes.