VERO BEACH – Applied Behavioral Analysis has been proven to drastically improve the quality of life for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Christina Morales, director of Piece of the Puzzle, was inspired to become a board-certified behavior analyst when she was exposed to ABA therapy, first, as a mother. After her son, Vincent, received an early diagnosis, insurance limitations prevented access to ABA services until he was five years old.
Once Morales obtained services for her son, she quickly recognized a passion for the field and began her journey toward becoming a BCBA. While Vincent was non-verbal at the age of six, with time, ABA therapy had a huge impact on his life. With ongoing support, Vincent continues to progress academically and socially in a general education middle school classroom. He has far exceeded many expectations and with every goal he reaches and surpasses, Christina is inspired to help other families.
“I was able to see first-hand how ABA was drastically improving the quality of life of my son and our family, and I wanted to make that happen for others in situations like ours,” Morales said. “An ASD diagnosis can be devastating for a family but I want people to know it doesn’t have to be.”
With Morales’ leadership, Piece of the Puzzle has been recognized by BHCOE Accreditation with a 1-Year Accreditation, acknowledging the organization as a behavioral service provider dedicated to continuous improvement in Applied Behavior Analysis. BHCOE Accreditation recognizes behavioral health providers that excel in the areas of clinical quality, staff qualifications, and consumer satisfaction and promote systems that enhance these areas. These areas are measured via a wide-ranging audit, including interviews with agency clinical leadership, in-depth on-site observation, a detailed staff qualification review, anonymous staff satisfaction survey, and anonymous consumer satisfaction survey.
BHCOE Accreditation is the only Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)-specific accreditation. It provides feedback regarding clinical best practices, staff satisfaction and turnover, and consumer protection. Acting as a third-party, the organization systematically measures and reports on existing quality criteria in the behavior analysis community using standardized methods and practices, and accredits only those service agencies that meet these standards.
“At Piece of the Puzzle Behavior Analysis, earning BHCOE Accreditation is an honor that our team is very excited about because it reflects our commitment to providing high-quality, individualized programming,” Morales said. “We are excited to continue to utilize best practices to improve the quality of life for our clients and their families for years to come.”