ABA Therapy

ABA Therapy Overview

Welcome to ABA Therapy at Project Play Therapy! 

Does your child engage in behavior that negatively impacts daily life? Do you need help managing and supporting your child’s behavior? Does your child have a diagnosis that impacts their behavior? ABA therapy could be for you! We currently serve children and families in the greater Nashville area, as well as Brentwood, Franklin, and Cool Springs.

What is ABA Therapy? ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. Our therapists apply the scientific principles of human behavior, in everyday settings, to change and impact your child’s behaviors. 

Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) collect and analyze data to find out why your child is engaging in challenging behavior. Once they determine the reason for your child’s behaviors, our BCBA will work alongside you to determine the new behaviors your child will learn. Because we believe that every child should enjoy learning, we strive to make this process fun!

Our BCBAs specialize in building skills including communication, social skills, attention to tasks, play and leisure skills, academic readiness, and self-help skills to help your child reach his/her fullest potential.

How Does ABA Differ From Other Therapies

  • ABA is widely recognized as the most effective treatment for children with autism, developmental disabilities, and children who engage in challenging behavior.
  • The Center for Disease Control, National Institute for Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Surgeon General of the United States are all federal entities that support ABA as an effective practice. 
  • ABA therapy is much more intensive than other therapies that Project Play Therapy provides. Our BCBAs prescribe therapy hours based on the results of your child’s assessment, ranging from 10-30 hours per week. Because intensive therapy helps your child make the most progress, we are committed to providing all hours necessary for your child to be successful.
  • While ABA therapy has a focus on challenging behavior, it also covers a wide variety of other behaviors that are necessary for your child’s participation in at school, at home, and with friends. See below for a list of common focus areas! 

Our Process

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During the intake process, eligibility for insurance coverage will be determined by our ABA Administration team. Once approved, your child will be placed with a BCBA who will conduct an intake meeting to gather more information from you.


Your child’s BCBA and behavior technicians will conduct a formal assessment of challenging behavior and comprehensive skill assessment which occurs over a period of weeks. We approve in-home sessions based on family location. 

Plan of Care

Your child’s interests, preferences, and current skills help to individualize a Plan of Care where our BCBAs will prescribe your child a number of ABA therapy hours per week. We ask families to dedicate time to support their child in achieving goals outlined in the Plan of Care.


Treatment includes direct therapy from behavior technicians,  and BCBAs who supervise therapy hours and provide regular parent training. Data are collected on goals throughout treatment to inform parents on their child’s progress.


Discharge is our ultimate goal! Therefore, every 6 months, eligibility for discharge is reviewed by the BCBA and parent/caregivers. Discharge is a data-based decision that depends on your child’s progress, mastery of goals, current needs, and your input!


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Children ages 0-14 years old

Children who have a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or developmental disability

Typically developing children with challenging behavior

Parents interested in training/coaching on positive behavior support

Reducing challenging behavior

Learning new behaviors

Verbal behavior

Listener behavior

Toilet training

Self-help skills

Social/emotional learning

Group learning

Play skills 

School preparation

Parent training


Parents Guide To ABA

Introduction to Behavioral Health Treatments

Project Play Associations

Autism Tennessee

More Links & Resources

Autism Tennessee
Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee
Tennessee Disability Pathfinder
Tennessee′s Early Intervention System (TEIS)
United Cerebral Palsy Middle Tennessee

Questions & Answers

Typically, your child will work with between 1 and 3 behavior technicians, and will have one BCBA. The number of behavior technicians can vary depending on how many hours of therapy your child is prescribed.
Yes! Call (615) 832-8955 to schedule a tour. We are in the process of Nashville and Franklin clinic remodels which will be completed in 2020. Stay tuned for exciting updates and video footage of all three clinics!
At Project Play Therapy, we love to PLAY! We make learning fun by working play into therapy activities, as much as possible. Therapists work with your child on a variety of skills during sessions. This can include table work, playing with toys, or completing daily tasks (e.g., snack time or brushing teeth). During longer sessions, the therapist will break up the session to cover a variety of activities, similar to a school-day schedule with frequent play breaks.
Yes! We see our clients in-home, school, and in our clinics because behavior changes across settings. In-home services are offered based on location. Please contact our office at (615) 832-8955 to find out if in-home services are available for your child.
Data and goals are collected during every session and are analyzed by the BCBA regularly. During parent progress meetings, the BCBA will share data with you and explain graphs, trends, and all the goals your child has mastered with ABA therapy.
It is our goal to provide all prescribed hours for your child. If we are not able to staff the case immediately, we ask for 45-60 days from Plan of Care meetings to staff your child’s case with the best possible behavior technicians. Your child’s treatment is extremely important to us!
We are currently accepting new clients! The sooner you are added to our referral list the better. Children are placed with BCBAs based on their order on our referral list, completion of necessary documentation, and the child’s availability for sessions.
We accept all Blue Cross Blue Shield Commercial and Medicaid plans, Aetna, Cigna, and Optum plans. Please call our office at (615) 832-8955 to verify your behavioral health benefits.
Give our office a call at (615) 832-8955 or click the link above to contact us!