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Autism Behavior Services

Autism Behavior Services, Inc. (ABSI) offers behavioral therapy to clients in Tacoma as well as the surrounding areas. We provide 1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA therapy) in the home, school, the community, as well as online via Telehealth for individuals and families. At ABSI we believe in a “person first” approach when providing therapy to our clients. 

To really gain a perspective of the whole person, we get to know your family through a series of comprehensive assessments. Once we know what the goals and needs of your family are, our highly trained clinical team will put together a detailed ABA program. This therapy program will focus on such areas as elopement, communication, and social skills. However, our overarching goal is accessing 100% of a person’s potential while also targeting areas of need.

Why choose
Autism Behavior Services, Inc.?

Founded in 2010 by Dr. Rosa Patterson, Psy.D, BCBA, LBA, QBA, Autism Behavior Services, Inc. was conceived by Dr. Patterson as a company that would be a resource for as many people as possible. Dr. Patterson wanted to utilize her desire for helping people, and merge it with a mandate to provide underserved communities with premier services. 

After partnering with like-minded clinicians, the team set about creating therapy programs that would take a whole person approach to the diverse communities ABSI serves. One of ABSI’s guiding principles was to work with team members (and families) that would view the company as an ever evolving resource for growth, knowledge, and continued education.

In ABSI’s promise to provide top notch care, all of our Behavior Technicians are certified in CPR, and as an Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT) or Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), before they are placed with any families. ABSI’s “person first” approach is further bolstered in the way your family understands how our therapy programs benefit them.

Our behavior technicians are certified in CPR as well as ABAT or RBT.



"I just wanted to express my thanks to all of you. Our experience with Autism Behavior Services Inc has been a FANTASTIC one! Your Nor Cal team rocks and we appreciate each of the providers. Your team is trained, professional, on time, supportive and caring! All the things one would expect but rarely find in the current ABA climate. Your company is doing things right and my kiddo is making progress because of it."

Lindsey B

"I have been working with this company for over three years and have been more than happy with them.I have two boys with ASD and Rosa Patterson and her team of amazing supervisors and BI’s have made a huge impact on both of their lives. I have endless amounts of positive things to say about this company. I have had experience with other companies as well as many friends who work with other companies and nothing compares to the individual attention they give the children here."

Alejandra C

"Fantastic staff, outstanding knowledge and care for special needs individuals. Helped my son after years of trying to get the school district to acknowledge my son’s special needs by attending his IEP and advocating for him. ABS at home and social skills group at their office has helped our family tremendously."


"The staff at ABSI really goes the extra mile with my child. They are very attentive to their needs and, frankly, the needs of my whole family."

Mary B

"This company has helped my son grow! Thank you for your continued services and all the hard work you do."


"“ABSI took a genuine interest in the whole picture of who my child is. They created therapy programs for the long term.”"

Autism Behavior Services, Inc. offers ABA therapy across the city of Tacoma and surrounding areas such as Fife, Fife Heights, Waller and more. ABSI puts together ABA programs that aspire to be both functional and engaging. To provide even more support and consistency, ABSI offers individuals and our families parent training so that programs can continue to be supported in various settings.

Autism Behavior Services, Inc. offers ABA for toddlers (age 2) all the way through adulthood. Once the initial assessments have been completed, and with Dr. Patterson’s “person first” mandate for care at the forefront, ABSI will craft a unique set of programs that is backed up by evidence based practices.

Looking for an ABA center near you?

ABSI is in-network with Regence, Premera, Cigna, and United Healthcare and most major insurance companies.Learn more about how to get ABA and other services by contacting us for a free consultation.

Call us toll free at 1 (855) 581-0100

ABSI provides services in Tacoma and the surrounding areas:

Our services include:

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the study and application of principles of behavior discovered through the Experimental Analysis of Behavior to socially significant behaviors in the natural environment. It is a way to manage behaviors so that people can engage more positively with their environments, while managing the challenging behaviors that might create issues for them across multiple environments.
Social skills are skills, developed throughout our lives, that we use to interact with others. These skills can be verbal, non-verbal, and can be exercised by talking or using gestures and body language.
Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession that helps individuals of all ages improve their ability to engage in daily activities and tasks, focusing on enhancing independence, function, and overall well-being. Therapists work to address physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges to aid people in participating as fully as possible in everyday life.
Functional behavior skills refer to the abilities and behaviors that enable individuals to effectively navigate their environment and interact with others, fostering successful and independent living. These skills encompass communication, self-care, problem-solving, social interactions, and adaptive behaviors necessary to be successful in daily life.
Parent training involves providing caregivers with strategies, guidance, and support to develop effective parenting techniques, enhance their child-rearing skills, and manage challenging behaviors in their children. This collaborative approach empowers parents to create a positive and nurturing environment that promotes their child’s development and well-being. It also allows parents to help others that may work with or provide care for their child.
IEP (Individualized Education Program) Team Support refers to the collaborative efforts of educators, parents, specialists, and other professionals to develop and implement a personalized educational plan for students with disabilities. ABSI’s involvement will ensure that the student’s unique needs are addressed, educational goals are set, and appropriate services and accommodations are provided to facilitate your child’s academic success.
Specific client program development involves tailoring individualized plans and strategies to meet the unique needs, goals, and challenges of a particular client or individual. This process often requires assessment, collaboration, and customization of interventions to ensure the program effectively addresses the client’s specific circumstances and objectives.
Functional behavior assessment consultation involves analyzing and understanding the underlying reasons behind challenging behaviors exhibited by individuals. Through careful observation, data collection, and analysis, experts provide insights into the triggers and functions of these behaviors, guiding the development of targeted interventions and strategies for behavior management and improvement.

ABSI Intake Process

Watch the following video to learn about our intake process.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the form of Behavioral Therapy that ABSI provides for Autism. Each therapy program is tailored to the client. The ultimate goal of this therapy is that the client will be able to generalize what they’ve learned across multiple environments. ABA is a way to manage behaviors so that people can engage more positively in their environments, while managing the challenging behaviors that might create issues for them. For many ABA Therapy can be profound and life-changing.

Once your child receives a diagnosis they can access ABA services by receiving a referral from their doctor. The next step is to request a list of providers from your health plan and always check to see if Autism Behavior Services is available. When checking for ABA services, have a list of questions to ask each provider with questions such as: Are all of your behavior technicians and autism specialists certified? You can check on the public registry to ensure that the individuals treating your child are certified. Should you have further questions please reach out to ABSI via our website or call 1(855) 581-0100.

ABA therapy sessions can be accessed by contacting your insurance company to request a list of in-network service providers or by contacting providers in your area directly. You will want to make sure you have your information as well as any referrals or diagnostic information ready for providers to begin the intake process.
Early intervention with ABA therapy is considered to be crucial to a person’s overall growth. When people are young so much about who they are is still being formed. They haven’t yet developed challenging behaviors that have been in place for a number of years. By starting therapy as soon as possible, a person will generally be more malleable to the various therapy techniques that ABA employs. While a rise in certain behaviors may start (this is known as a spike), over time people and families see the benefit of intervening early. This process often starts with an intense therapy schedule, however, as people acquire more skills the therapy eventually scales back.

An Autism Behavior Specialist is someone who works with people on the Autism Spectrum. An individual that specializes in care of autism should be certified or licensed in ABA with a specialization in autism. The certifications a behavioral specialist should hold are one of the following: BCBA, BCaBA, QBA, or QASP S. The certified practitioner puts together a series of programs that allow the person to manage their challenging behaviors and gain new skills so that they can be as functional as possible in their communities.

Just as every need is different, so is every provider of ABA services. Some questions to ask are what is your company’s philosophy on Autism? What are some assessments you conduct to determine what my child needs? What kind of training does your staff have? Do your Autism Specialists also work with my child’s school and other service providers? Does your company use evidence based practices? There are many questions to answer when interviewing potential service providers. When you can align your needs with what a provider offers that will create an environment with the best outcomes for everyone.

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