Home-Based Applied Behavior Analysis Services

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Home-Based Applied Behavior Analysis Services

Raising a child is a rewarding and challenging time for any family - but when children exhibit the behavioral or developmental issues associated with autism spectrum disorders, sometimes extra support and guidance is needed.  Our services are designed to meet the unique needs of children and youth up to age 21 and their families, helping everyone overcome obstacles and create foundations for future success. 

Our program uses research-supported practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, an evidence-based approach that helps children with autism, developmental disabilities, and developmental/global delay and their families develop new skills together. We focus our data-driven methods on both the individual child and the family system as a whole to support progress.  Working with families in their own environment can also help reduce family stress and improve a child’s functioning.

Most insurance and Medicaid accepted.

Locations (our therapists will travel a 60 mile radius to provide services) & Contacts


Melinda (Mindy) Hemp-Gardzinski , Ed.S., BCBA, LBA - 434-485-2890


Heather Creech, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA - 434.485.2090


​Elizabeth Lipp, M.A., BCBA, LBA 434-221-6077


Amber Eaken , M.Ed, BCBA, LBA - 434-485-4699


Jessica Frye, MS, BCBA, LBA - 434-485-2768
Katherine Bruckner, M.S., BCBA, LBA - 434-944-4235


Tara Ernst, MS, BCBA, LBA - 434-485-4763
Melissa Shuler, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA - 540-395-9142


Jaci Nye, MS, BCBA, LBA  -  434-485-1264 
Tara Southall, BCaBA, LABA - 434-534-7823


James Adkins, MA, BCBA, LBA - 434-338-9242


For More Information

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For More Information


For more information or to refer a child to the Centra Autism In-Home Program, contact Crystal Collette, MS, BCBA, LBA, Director of Autism Services, 434.200.5750 , or email crystal.collette@centrahealth.com.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Many in-home providers utilize Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to promote behavior change and improve the lives of individuals with autism and their families. ABA requires a comprehensive assessment in order to develop an individual support plan to address the individual's specific needs.

ABA interventions focus on:

  • Behavior reduction and replacement behaviors
  • Adaptive/independent living skills
  • Functional communication training
  • Social skills training
  • Parent training
  • Case coordination

Collaborative Approach

Collaborative Approach
Collaborative Approach

Under the supervision of licensed behavior analysts, registered behavior technicians work with the child and parents to teach them how to utilize ABA principles. The technicians also help coordinate services by communicating with schools, physicians, agencies and other service providers.

This collaborative approach enhances and strengthens the plan of care to help achieve the best outcomes for the child and the family.