- Children and youth with autism, developmental delay, developmental disabilities, and/or behaviors that interfere with learning.
- Public schools and community agencies.
- Educators, caregivers and families.
Birchtree’s typical service area is in southern New Hampshire, southern Maine, and northern Massachusetts. Remote services can be offered outside this area.
Most services are available year round. In many cases, Birchtree’s staff can offer short-term services and training—so we can equip your team or family with the tools you need to promote your student’s long-term success!
Birchtree’s autism experts work in partnership with students, families, schools and agencies to develop comprehensive, individualized educational and therapeutic programs. We are committed to full inclusion whenever and wherever possible.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Expertise in Action
All Birchtree programs are data-driven and based on the principles of applied behavior
analysis, with close supervision from Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBAs®). Direct
support staff, including Registered Behavior Technicians® (RBTs®), are highly trained in ABA and closely supervised by BCBAs®. For more information about Birchtree’s staff, click here.
Service Delivery Options
- In-person consultation & services at school, at home, or in community settings
- Remote consultation & services at school/home
Available services for schools and agencies include:
- Consultation and training with a student’s educational team.
- Behavioral, educational and individualized program assessments.
- Helping develop interventions and strategies that can be used to strengthen a student’s progress.
Birchtree’s staff can also:
- Provide staff training, assessments, and supervision.
- Offer in-service workshops.
- Design individualized data-collection systems.
- Conduct ongoing observations and data analysis to provide recommendations for program modifications.
Individualized Program Evaluations
These evaluations assess a student’s educational, behavioral and instructional needs and provide recommendations to facilitate skill development and performance across environments.
A behavior analyst observes the student and his/her current programming, reviews student records, and interviews staff and family members. A written report summarizes a student’s observed behaviors and skills, identifies his/her current level of needs, and makes recommendations for educational and behavioral programming and for the future direction of the student’s program and Individualized Education Program (IEP).
- Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS-R)
- Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)
- Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment & Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
- Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
- Individualized Program Evaluations
- Behavior support plan development, implementation & documentation, including
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) plans
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) formulation & curriculum development
- Lesson plan development, implementation & documentation, including procedures for promoting skill acquisition & performance
- Developing data-collection & monitoring systems to track IEP goals; graphing & analyzing data
- Creating visual supports
Staff Development & Training
- Training & ongoing supervision for Registered Behavior Technicians® (RBTs®)
- Registered Behavior Technician® (RBT®) Competency Assessments
- In-service workshops & other staff training
ABA Workshops occur during the school year. Birchtree’s Board Certified Behavior
Analysts® help special education administrators, para-educators, childcare providers, and direct support professionals learn practical strategies for implementing ABA programming and for working with students with autism. To learn about upcoming workshops, click here.
Birchtree’s staff can provide instructional help in a student’s home in the areas of behavior, hygiene, self-help skills, leisure routines, communication, social interaction, community access, academics, and more. Birchtree’s autism experts can offer training to family members and caregivers and help students learn to apply their skills at home and in the community.
Rates & Funding
In most cases, school-based services are funded by a student’s school district. For students under three years, services are typically funded by the student’s area agency.
We are unable to provide services funded by health insurance.
Services are available for an hourly fee plus travel costs (to and from Portsmouth, New Hampshire). Rates vary depending on the type of service offered.
To learn more about rates and available services, contact us.
For More Information
This program’s development was funded in part by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation‘s Greater Portsmouth Rehabilitation Center Fund, John and Lelia Lamson Fund, and Piscataqua Region Community Fund; The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism; The Fuller Foundation; and The George A. Ramlose Foundation.