TRUE ABA helps those with Autism Spectrum Disorder thrive


TRUE ABA opened its doors in Gig Harbor, WA, in 2017, providing home-, community-and school-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment for children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

In the five years that TRUE ABA has been open, it has expanded into 13 cities and seven different states due to the support and advocacy of families, funders, developmental pediatricians, and staff.

From the beginning, TRUE ABA’s mission was to empower children and families touched by ASD. In addition, TRUE ABA has a passion for excellence modeled by its development of standards for ABA treatment and discharge, communicating with stakeholders our yearly client outcomes, and commitment to providing ABA therapy in the client’s least restrictive, natural environment.

TRUE ABA has developed an excellent reputation for early language development and high-quality ABA services. In 2020, the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) recognized True ABA with Accreditation, “acknowledging our organization as a behavioral service provider dedicated to continuous improvement in Applied Behavior Analysis.”

TRUE ABA has received GLOBAL recognition as a provider that excels in clinical quality, staff qualifications, and consumer satisfaction and promotes systems that enhance these areas. TRUE ABA has been a Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP) member. This organization and its members demonstrate a commitment to promoting evidence-based practices (EBP) for the clients served by the members of this organization.

Standardized care at TRUE ABA has influenced its company culture, in which it strives daily, weekly, and monthly to do better and be better. For clients, standardized care means that practitioners use both norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment tools and functional behavior assessments (FBA) to develop a treatment plan that focuses on client needs with a clear path DISCHARGE.

TRUE ABA’s clinical standards ensure that the outcomes of our ABA services are trustworthy and effective. Additionally, TRUE ABA leads the ABA industry in implementing and upholding standards for practitioner preparation resulting in university partnerships across the country.

Data shows discharge rates higher than the national average across all levels of autism. Due to the intensity of our ABA services, TRUE ABA clients spend an average of 9 months to 2 years in ABA therapy, depending on their level of autism and the client’s age at the onset of service.

Less than 1% of TRUE ABA clients request a new provider, and 96% of its families report an improved overall quality of life. In the five years that TRUE has been operating, it has discharged over 100 clients into the regular education setting with little to no support from special education services.

Here are a few testimonials:

“My son really needed to be able to find his voice, express his feelings and learn how to advocate for himself, especially in the school and social environments. True ABA really focused on an individualized plan to help him be more confident in expressing his needs and wants. He is able to now express his feelings, self-regulate and reflect on his social-emotional needs. ” 

“My daughter needed assistance with her social-emotional needs and basic motor skills to successfully transition to school. They thrived with the assistance of True ABA. As a parent, True ABA also included me in the teaching and training and I was able to learn techniques to continue to build upon the skills that my kids mastered and feel confident that I can help them navigate through any social or emotional needs that will arise in the future. “

“My 11 and 9 year old both graduated from ABA after 2 years.  After many failed attempts of finding the perfect company to work with True ABA became our last and best decision ever. Their team of BCBA and RBTs was the perfect match for my children and every day they looked forward to therapy! Thank you True ABA my children have truly progressed and continue to every day. “

TRUE ABA’s commitment to providing services in the child’s natural environment using play-based ABA therapy stems from the CEO’s experience as a special education teacher and passion for creating a community of support for its clients and caregivers. ABA in the home-, community-, and school- environments provides its families with a more meaningful ABA experience that the client’s village can replicate, the doctor, dentist, grocery store, school, grandparents, etc.

From the moment professionals with TRUE ABA walk through a client’s door, they strive to provide play-based ABA therapy that the client CONSENTS to by building upon skills needed to live their best, most independent life.

All forms of dissent are honored through the discontinuation of the activity, the modification of programming, improving the client’s confidence by participating in more difficult tasks, and the building of a rapport with its clients and their families. TRUE ABA encourages the neurodiverse ways its clients learn, think, and behave because there is no “right way” to experience the world.

TRUE ABA understands that for the children to be the hero of their own stories, they must have the support of their caregivers and community.

We are all in this together.