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Dr. Robert and Suzanne Aaron's son Thomas was diagnosed with autism and severe receptive and expressive language disorders in the fall of 2005. They were uncertain of his ability to learn and naturally were quite concerned for his future.
"We chose the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) not only because of Dr. Carl Sundberg's extensive research and practice in the field but also because of his constant focus on helping the children succeed," they said. "The positive energy at BACA is truly contagious!"
The Aarons said Thomas has grown by leaps and bounds with regard to numerous life skills including expressive and receptive language skills, cognitive skills, and more recently he has even started to learn basic reading and writing.
"Just a few years ago, we were uncertain of his future, but now our son interacts with us, our family, his therapists and his friends regularly, and we are only encouraged and excited to see what is in store for his future. We thank Dr. Carl Sundberg for his groundbreaking research and practice in the autism field."
Currently, as the founder and clinical director for all four BACA locations, Carl T. Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, oversees the implementation of BACA's verbal behavior programs and the training of its skilled therapists.
BACA 1 serves 32 in-center clients in its 12,500 square foot facility, and BACA Prep serves 30 in-center clients. Both centers located in Fishers include individual therapy rooms, group therapy rooms, a vocational skills area, as well as traditional-style classrooms for teaching, a large lunch room, motor room, mock bedroom, client computer lab and outdoor fenced-in playground.
BACA Prep is a special facility that teaches essential living skills to young adults with autism ages 8-20. The facility helps strengthen each individual's life by addressing the areas of employment, leisure and living skills, hygiene and self-help while decreasing and replacing maladaptive behavior.
BACA-Zionsville (BACA-Z) is located on the lower level of Eagle Church, a part of the Anson development. Plans for BACA-Z, currently serving five clients, include construction of a new building to be completed in 2012 that will serve 30 plus clients ages 2-15.
And BACA recently opened a location in the South Bend area, at 53633 C.R. 7 in Elkhart. With four clients currently enrolled at BACA HART, the facility is serving children 10 and younger. Starting out with four trained therapists, an interim clinical director and board-certified behavior analysts, BACA plans to grow and serve 15 children at the Elkhart center by the end of 2012.
One of the first experts on teaching children with developmental delays in central Indiana, Dr. Sundberg received his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University (WMU). Dr. Sundberg also teaches Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior at Ball State University and was president of the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis.
While a graduate student, he taught behavior analysis at WMU for seven years. Dr. Sundberg has published in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and A Collection of Reprints on Verbal Behavior. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of mental health and has specialized in early intervention with children with autism and other developmental disabilities for the last 15 years. Since 1996, Dr. Sundberg has assessed and worked with more than 400 children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and more than 200 families.
Dr. Sundberg is an invited speaker at conferences across the nation. And in 2003, he was presented with an "Angels of Autism Award" as an invited presenter for The Coalition on Autism.
BACA currently has five Board Certified Behavior Analysts-Doctoral, 11 Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), two Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), an onsite speech pathologist and one occupational therapist. All therapists have a minimum four-year college education and have gone through rigorous training.
BACA's implementation strategy includes creating an enriched learning environment at each facility through the utilization of B. F. Skinner's analysis of Verbal Behavior within the framework of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach children with language and social deficits. BACA also provides natural environment training (NET) in the community and home and coordinates with families and outside professionals to create a cohesive team to benefit clients.
By ensuring the staff receives and applies intensive, ongoing training, BACA provides the most efficacious ABA services to children and young adults with autism to improve their quality of life. Treatment is based on current research findings from the most experienced scholars in the field of behavior analysis in the areas of: teaching language, social, self-help, academic and employment skills.
BACA is now serving FOUR locations!
11902 Lakeside Drive
Fishers, IN 46038
9929 East 126th Street
Fishers, IN 46038
5801 South 650 East
Whitestown, IN 46075
53633 County Road 7
Elkhart, IN 46514
Interested in seeing how BACA has influenced the lives of some of its clients and their families? Check out the BACA YouTube Channel. Also, please find BACA on Facebook and on Twitter.
For more information or to tour a facility, please contact Devon Sundberg at (317) 288-5232 or by Email!