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Behavior Pioneers – ABA Therapy and More

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Behavior Pioneers offers both in-home and center-based ABA therapy throughout the DFW, Austin, and Houston areas. All our staff members are experienced, highly trained, and maintain an amazing level of patience and positivity!

Our dedicated team of experienced professionals takes great pride in working with individuals and their families. Our mission is to help them build a better future. Nothing is more important to us than the success of our clients.

At Behavior Pioneers, our focus is on teaching skills that help clients be successful in the present. We also assist clients in building skills that will have lasting effects and make meaningful long-term changes in their lives.

Behavior Pioneers, LLC provides behavioral health services to people of all ages throughout Dallas, Austin, Houston, and their surrounding areas.

Behavior Pioneers Offers ABA Therapy – Focused on Improving Specific Behaviors

According to psychology today, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a type of therapy that focuses on improving specific behaviors. These include social skills, communication, reading, and academics as well as adaptive learning skills. Among these skills are fine motor dexterity, hygiene, grooming, domestic capabilities, punctuality, and job competence.

ABA offered by Behavior Pioneers is effective for children and adults with psychological disorders in a variety of settings. These include schools, workplaces, homes, and clinics. Studies show that consistent ABA can significantly improve behaviors and skills and decrease the need for special services.

Using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, at Behavior Pioneers our Board-Certified Behavior Analysts work with each family. Their goal, to create individualized goals and behavior intervention plans that are specific to each child’s needs. The focus of therapy at Behavior Pioneers is to increase skills and decrease challenging behaviors.

Common skills that the programs at Behavior Pioneers target:

  • Communication
  • Self-help skills (e.g., dressing, brushing teeth, washing, etc.)
  • Social Skills
  • Eye Contact
  • Safety
  • On-Task/Following Instructions

Common behaviors that the programs at Behavior Pioneers target:

  • Aggression (e.g., hitting, biting, pinching, etc.)
  • Tantrums
  • Screaming
  • Non-Compliance
  • Self-Stimulatory Behaviors (i.e., socially inappropriate behaviors that occur repeatedly)
  • Property Destruction

Tell Us Your Story and Why You Got Started

At Behavior Pioneers, our team of BCBA’s have diverse and unique backgrounds:

Dallas Area:

Brian Tanenbaum
MS, BCBA
Clinical Director
Brian is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with extensive clinical experience in serving children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities. Brian has conducted ABA services in clients’ homes, schools, and communities since 2009.

Katrina Gittins
M. Ed., BCBA
Program Supervisor-DFW
Katrina received a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She also has a Master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from The University of Texas Victoria-Houston. Katrina has over 9 years working both personally and professionally with children with special needs. Katrina is a parent of a child with autism as well as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She has a unique insight and understanding of the challenges that families face. Katrina is a welcome addition to Behavior Pioneers.

Austin Area:

Katie Worrell
MA, BCBA
Regional Clinical Director-Austin

Katie Worrell has been providing behavior therapy for over ten years. Her work spans a variety of environments including homes, schools, and clinics. She has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and has been a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst since 2013.

Houston Area:

Sonia Malhotra
MS, BCBA
Regional Clinical Director-Houston
Sonia Malhotra graduated with a Master’s degree in Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism from Sam Houston State University in 2015. She became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst the same year. Prior to working as a BCBA, she was a school teacher for 10 years and has international teaching experience. Not to mention, Sonia has worked with children and adults with disabilities for the past 12 years. She is bilingual and has experience working with multi-cultural families and a diverse range of disabilities and age groups.

In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga and long walks. She also has a passion for volunteering for special needs organizations. She currently holds a volunteer position as a member, Board of Directors with a special needs inclusion drum team. The team is called Let Them Drum and is located in Houston Texas.

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If Someone Was Considering Your Services at Behavior Therapists, What Would You Want Them To Know?

At Behavior Pioneers, your child’s future is our present.

Our dedicated team of experienced professionals takes great pride in working with individuals and their families. Our goal at Behavior Therapists is to help them build a better future. Nothing is more important to us than the success of our clients. We focus on teaching skills that help clients be successful in the present, We focus on assisting clients with building skills that have lasting effects and make meaningful long-term changes in their lives.

Our Mission at Behavior Therapists

Our therapists are all trained on one overall theme. From the day we begin working with a client, the goal is for that client to not need us anymore. All our goals and programs focus on increasing skills and facilitating independence in all areas of life.

At Behavior Pioneers, we focus on teaching skills that help clients be successful in the present. Above all, we are here to assist clients in building skills that will have lasting effects. We want to make meaningful long-term changes in their lives.

When working with an ABA therapist, we will:

  1. Determine which behaviors require change
  2. Set goals and expected outcomes
  3. Establish ways to measure changes and improvements
  4. Evaluate where the client is now
  5. Learn new skills and/or learn how to avoid negative behaviors
  6. Regularly review your progress
  7. Decide whether further behavior modification is necessary

Behavior Pioneers, LLC provides behavioral health services to people of all ages throughout Dallas, Austin, Houston, and their surrounding areas. We accept private pay, BCBS, Magellan, Aetna, and Cigna.

For more information contact:

Behavior Pioneers
214-789-1387
Mon – Fri, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM


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