What to Expect

ABA consultation services typically begin with *assessment. The first hour of your telehealth consultation session is conducted Pro Bono. During that hour, DRCB Consulting assesses if a telehealth model of consultation can sufficiently address your concerns, or if a mixed in-home / telehealth model is more appropriate.

*Parents of typically developing children, or teachers seeking tips for managing minor misbehavior or discrete behavioral issues (e.g., tantrums in stores, difficulties with bedtime routines, difficulties with instruction following) may not require or desire formal assessment (e.g., functional behavior assessments).


Assessment may occur in-home or remotely, depending on the level of consultation desired. An assessment may require record review, interviews, observations, and planned interactions with anyone that may influence procedures addressing behavior change. Developed behavior intervention plans are discussed before implementation and progress is addressed at regular intervals that are clinically relevant and satisfactory to clients. Confidential documents and video data shared during assessment consultation are transferred securely using point to point encryption from your desktop computer, smart phone, or tablet to DRCB Consulting.

Consultation Services

May Involve All or Some of the Following:

✚ Assessment of child problem behaviors and family functioning
✚ Assessment of child skills, strengths, and potent reinforcers
✚ Introduction to ABA strategies/procedures
✚ Training: Use of ABA procedures included in individualized behavior intervention plans
✚ Ongoing follow-up and feedback on caregiver’s implementation
✚ Problem solving areas of difficulty
✚ Recorded and remote video observations of child behavior
✚ Informed consent: Parents/caregivers are fully informed & understand rationales for strategies/procedures.

Parent Commitment

Parents and caregivers interested in ongoing consultation services should be committed to long-term behavior change. This commitment requires correct and consistent implementation of parent-interaction and child management procedures. Because child behavior problems rarely decrease unless new, adaptive, replacement behaviors are learned, caregivers commit to teaching of new behaviors so that strategies used to decrease or replace child behavior problems are effective. Parents/caregivers are fully informed about the benefits and possible negative side-effects of implementing ABA strategies and procedures.

Second Opinions & Additional Support

DRCB Consulting is happy to provide families with second opinions for 1:1 intensive ABA intervention services they receive, and work with providers in the U.S. to provide additional supervision support.

Examples of Procedures & Learning Principles:

This is a broad list of examples, and is not exhaustive.

Discrete Trial Teaching:

Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT) is an ABA technique that systematically breaks down skills into small units of behavior, or discrete components. Teaching occurs in structured environments using tangible reinforcers for desired (or target) behaviors.

Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

PRT, Natural Environment Training (NET), and Incidental Teaching (IT) techniques focus on the child's immediate interests and activities in their daily environment to facilitate language instruction. The teaching environment is structured to promote more frequent natural learning opportunities throughout the day. These techniques promote skill generalization and more spontaneous verbal behavior in context. Natural Environment Training (NET), Incidental Teaching (IT)


Reinforcement procedures are used to increase behaviors by introducing planned consequences (reinforcers) immediately after desired behaviors. Reinforcers are identified prior to use of reinforcement procedures and are categorized as positive or negative reinforcers. Planned positive reinforcement involves contingent presentation of preferred stimuli (e.g., desired toy) immediately following a target behavior (e.g., pointing) to increase the future occurrence of that behavior. Planned negative reinforcement involves contingent removal of non-preferred items, activities, behaviors, or unpleasant stimuli/situations (e.g., loud noise) from the environment immediately following a target behavior (e.g., pointing to the “mute” button) to increase the future occurrence of that behavior. Reinforcement is typically paired with descriptive social praise.

Differential Reinforcement

Differential Reinforcement (DR): DR procedures involve arrangement of reinforcement contingencies so that more frequent, enhanced quality, or highly valued reinforcers follow desired behaviors (e.g., saying “I want cookie”), while little to no reinforcement follows behaviors targeted for decrease (e.g., screaming and pushing). DR procedures are often used in shaping, the process of reinforcing successive approximations to a desired, target behavior.


Prompting is technique often used in errorless learning to increase the probability of correct responding and opportunities for positive reinforcement. Prompts are systematically planned and faded. Examples prompts include physical (e.g., hand over hand guidance), model (e.g., demonstrating a behavior) gestural (non-verbal motions), verbal (spoken), visual (e.g., large or brightly colored materials), and spatial (e.g., positioning correct answers closer).

Verbal Behavior

This methodology takes a functional approach to teaching verbal operants (i.e., language). The fundamental principle of this teaching model is that verbal behavior (VB) is reinforced through the mediation of an evolved verbal community. The VB approach classifies verbal operants into four main categories by function: mand, echoic, tact, and intraverbal. Understanding these functions is key to developing individualized ABA programming targeting expressive and receptive language. VB teaching techniques utilize errorless learning by providing immediate and frequent prompts that are withdrawn as soon as individual target responses are mastered.


Extinction is rarely used in the absence of DR procedures. However, in some cases extinction, which is the removal of all reinforcers maintaining a behavioral response (e.g., access to social attention, rewards, and toys) to decrease the future occurrence of that behavior (getting out of bed after bedtime), may be used in combination with environmental strategies, until DR contingencies are contacted or effective.