Tricia Moss-Lourenco is a New York State licensed psychologist and licensed behavior analyst. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of ABA.
Mission & Philosophy
New Perspectives’ mission is to help each autistic person reach their full potential. We achieve this by providing effective, ethical, and high-quality intervention services rooted in
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). We invest in our clinical staff, delivering exceptional training and supervision experiences to ensure they develop into compassionate,
dedicated, and outstanding providers. We partner with families to develop programming and treatment goals that result in meaningful outcomes for their child.
New Perspectives ABA was founded by Dr. Tricia Moss-Lourenco in 2021. Dr. Moss-Lourenco’s philosophy is to provide ABA services in a fun, compassionate, and caring manner to help our clients thrive.
- Taking an individualized approach to developing treatment plans for all our clients that take into account the values and culture of the individual and their family.
- Delivering effective ABA services to decrease challenging behavior by increasing communication and other adaptive skills.
- Working collaboratively with clients and their families to identify how to best meet the needs of the clients and their families. Services should not be based on the values of the provider, but on the values of the client and their family.
- Providing a work environment where all employees feel supported and are given the tools to learn to provide the best ABA services that they can provide.
- Providing quality training and supervision to BCBA/LBA in training to ensure that they will become ethical, compassionate, and effective ABA providers.
After School Services
We offer home-based and community-based ABA services for children after school and on the weekends.
We provide home-based and community-based services for children who are not yet in school or are only attending school part-time. These services can occur at home or in the daycare setting.
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapeutic intervention based on the science of learning and behavior that is used to understand and change behavior.
Research has shown that the consistent use of ABA services is effective at increasing adaptive skills and behavior and reducing challenging behavior.
The goal of ABA therapy is to make meaningful changes in an individual’s life by selecting specific measurable goals to work on to increase adaptive skills and decrease challenging behavior. This is done by observing behavior and how things that are going on around the individual might influence behavior to determine why a person behaves the way that they do. Once there is an understanding of the reason behavior occurs, a variety of procedures are used to increase adaptive behavior and decrease challenging behavior. In addition, data are collected on the behavior before using these procedures and throughout treatment so that the data can be monitored to determine if the changes that are wanted are being made.
What Sets Our Services Apart
I have been providing ABA services since 2001. I obtained my Ph.D. in Psychology with a focus on Learning and Behavior Analysis in 2009.
Throughout my career, I have worked in a variety of settings with individuals with many different needs and behaviors that need to be addressed. I have worked in private schools, public schools, clinic settings, in homes, and in the community. Each person I have worked with in my many years as a helper, has taught me something that I have used to help me continue to grow so that I can help others.
New Perspectives ABA was founded on the idea that we all need to continue to gain new perspectives into the work that we do, how we learn, how we work, and how we interact with all people. Most of the time when we are struggling, we just need a New Perspective.
With over 20 years of experience in the field of ABA, I continue to learn each day.
I have learned to value and respect the many unique talents and gifts that all of us have, how to nurture those gifts, and how to balance this with working on things that we struggle with.
This is my philosophy when working with clients, when working with parents
and family members of clients, and when working with my staff, as well as for my own professional development.
ABA is an amazing therapeutic intervention that has been demonstrated to be extremely effective at increasing adaptive behavior and decreasing unwanted behavior.
My goal is to apply ABA techniques in the most natural way possible so that a person can be working on the skills that they need to learn while doing things that they like to do.
ABA does not need to be “work” all the time.
1) ABA Initial Assessment
A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)/NYS Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) will conduct an initial assessment with the client. During this assessment, the BCBA/LBA will meet with the client to learn more about them and evaluate their skills in various areas. The client and parents or other caregivers will also be interviewed to better understand the client’s needs and learn about potential goals for treatment. The assessment that will be conducted will vary based on the individual needs of the client. Once the evaluator has conducted at least two assessment sessions, they will develop a treatment plan to work on decreasing any challenging behavior and to teach new skills.
2) ABA Treatment - Direct Service Sessions:
During the treatment phase of ABA, the BCBA/LBA will train a behavior technician to implement procedures to decrease challenging behavior, increase appropriate behavior, and teach new skills. The behavior technician will implement these procedures/programs each session and collect data on each of them to track progress.
3) BCBA/LBA Oversight:
Although the behavior technician will be the one to implement the programs, the BCBA/LBA is responsible for developing the procedures and making any changes when needed. The BCBA/LBA is responsible for evaluating the data to determine whether the client is doing well with the current procedures or if those procedures need to be changed. Throughout the process, the BCBA/LBA will speak with the client and caregivers regarding the services and procedures to ensure that they are working and are valued by the client and family.
4) Family Training:
The BCBA/LBA will also conduct family training with caregivers of the clients to ensure that everyone is on the same page with the treatment plan, and to work on skills that the family would like to work on with the client. Family training will look different depending on the needs of the family. This training can be conducted in the community with the family and the client, as a conversation between the BCBA/LBA with or without the client present, or in the home while working together with the client. The goal of this training is to work collaboratively as a team to best address the client’s needs and to make the client as successful as possible.
How do you decrease challenging behavior?
ABA therapy uses a variety of techniques to decrease challenging behavior. The first step in addressing challenging behavior is understanding
why behavior occurs. Once the reason behavior occurs is understood, programs can be introduced to teach the individual alternative ways to get what they
need instead of engaging in challenging behavior. Some of the challenging behaviors that ABA can address include, but are not limited to:
6) Self-Injurious Behavior
How do you increase appropriate behavior?
ABA therapy utilizes a variety of techniques to teach appropriate behavior. As much as possible, sessions occur in the natural environment,
or during naturally occurring activities to teach new skills. Some of the new skills that can be taught include, but are not limited to:
2) Social Skills
3) Conversation Skills
4) Staying on Task
5) Planning and organizational skills
6) Following directions
7) Using coping strategies to regulate emotions
8) Self-Help Skills
9) Safety Skills
What is a BCBA/LBA?
A BCBA stands for a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. This is a person who holds a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, Psychology, Education, Special Education, or a related field, has taken coursework to become a BCBA, has received supervision from a BCBA while working in the field of ABA, and has passed the BCBA exam. Basically, this person is an expert in ABA. A New York State Licensed LBA (NYS LBA) is a licensed provider in ABA. The requirements are very similar to the BCBA, as the person needs a Master’s degree, has received supervision from an LBA, has taken NYS approved coursework, and has passed the licensing exam. Many times, people are both a BCBA and an LBA, but to provide services in NY, a provider needs to be an LBA.
How to get an autism diagnosis?
If you are concerned that you or a loved one may have autism, there are several professionals who can do evaluations to diagnose or rule out autism. You might start by speaking with your child’s pediatrician. Some providers who can provide evaluations for autism include developmental pediatricians, psychologists, neuropsychologists, neurologists, and psychiatrists. If you are unsure where to start, you can reach out to your insurance company to determine which of these providers participate with your insurance plan.
Can ABA help individuals with mild autism?
ABA has been demonstrated to be effective with autistic individuals with varying levels of support needs. In addition, ABA has an extensive history of being effective for a wide range of disorders, disabilities, and other populations in which behavior change needs to take place.
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