Behavior Frontiers is proud to announce that we are bringing our exceptional applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment program and clinicians to Orange County, California. Our professional and highly skilled staff is NOW available to conduct intake assessments with your family to begin the treatment process. Please contact us at 1-888-922-2843 to find out more about our services and to schedule an initial appointment.
Your child is unique and Behavior Frontiers offers individualized treatment plans to help each child to be successful. We offer behavior intervention services in the home, school, and community settings. Our ABA treatment program is customized to help each child learn adaptive skills in all areas of development, such as new communication, social, play, cognitive, self-care, and motor skills. Behavior Frontiers uses detailed data collection to track each child’s progress and uses research-based methods to find out why problem behaviors are occurring so that we can reduce those challenging behaviors. We make sure to include your family in all aspects of the treatment and in collaborating with other professionals to help your child reach his/her goals.
Social Skills Groups - Now available in Orange County and currently enrolling!
- All age groups welcome.
- Groups will include 4 or 5 participants based on assessment.
- Each group will be individualized based on skill, age and assessment.
- Sessions will run 6 weeks and each session will run an hour and a half.
- Skills will include problem solving/planning, communication skills, social skills, pragmatics, inference and perspective taking skills, cooperative group behavior, interactive play skills or establishing and maintaining peer relationships.
- Strategies for teaching social skills will include role play, social stories, video modeling and behaviorally based teaching strategies. These skills will be broken down into beginning, intermediate and advanced skills for different groups.
- Once the participant is assessed and placed in a group, in order to progress to the next group in the sequence the participant must demonstrate mastery in their current skill of focus/group.
- Each group session will include participants greeting each other, attending to a brief lesson on the skill of focus, followed by putting this skill into practice.
Call today to put your child’s name on the list for his/her age group!
2670 N. Main Street, Suite 305
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Behavior Frontiers clinical staff members will be available to serve clients in or near the following cities:
Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Balboa, Balboa Island, Capistrano Beach, Casa Bonita, Costa Mesa, Coto De Caza, Cowen Heights, Cypress, Dana Point, Dove Canyon, El Modena, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Galivan, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Palma, Ladera Ranch, Lacy, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forrest, Las Flores, Leisure World, Los Alamitos, Marblehead, Midway City, Mission Viejo, Modjeska Canyon, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Newland, North Tustin, Orange, Orange Park Acres, Orchard Hills, Portola Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Robinson Ranch, Rossmoor, San Clemente, San Joaquin Hills, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Shady Canyon, Silverado, Surfside, Stanton, Sunset Beach, Trabuco Canyon, Turtle Ridge, Tustin, Villa Park, Washington Square, and Westminster.
We are open to extending our range of service to additional areas and to contracting with additional school districts, regional centers, and insurance companies. Please contact our office at 1-888-922-2843 if you do not see your location listed above.
Training Center: Families located out of our service area can also receive our online ABA training for parents and professionals through Behavior Frontiers Online Training Center.
Insurance Company Services
Did you know that recent California law mandates that most health insurance plans cover ABA treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder? Behavior Frontiers has contracts with health plans so that we can provide this medically necessary treatment to children with autism spectrum disorder. Please contact us today to find out if your child’s health insurance plan will cover these benefits at 1-888-922-2843.
We are also a vendor of the California regional centers and a certified nonpublic agency through the Department of Education.
Behavior Frontiers is an in-network provider for the following commercial health plans within California:
- Anthem Blue Cross
- Beacon Health Options
- Blue Shield (managed by Magellan)
- Humana (managed by LifeSynch)
- Kaiser (managed by Easter Seals’ Behavioral Health Network)
- Mental Health Associates (MH.net)
- United Behavioral Health (Optum)
Behavior Frontiers also provides ABA services to clients through the following Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans in California:
- Anthem Blue Cross – Medi-Cal
- Kaiser – Medi-Cal
If your child is a beneficiary of one of these health plans, please contact our office today at 888-922-2843 so we can verify benefits. Or use our free and secure benefits verification system online, here.
We are also in the process of finalizing contracts with additional health plans. Please contact us if you do not see your health plan listed so that we can discuss your options.
Debra Ruff, M.A., PPS, BCBA
Clinical Director - Orange County Region
Debra Ruff, or Debbie, received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from California State University, Bakersfield and her master’s of science degree with a pupil personnel services credential from National University, specializing in School Psychology. She also completed her BCBA coursework through National University and has been a BCBA since 2011. Debbie has been working in the field of ABA for over 10 years. Her strengths include conducting assessments, educating families new to ABA, working with early learners, and time management. She has been trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) using Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Natural Environment Training (NET), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Functional Communication Training (FCT), and Verbal Behavior (VB), as well as several assessment measures. Debbie is passionate about delivering ABA services to young children and educating related professionals about the importance of early intervention services. She strongly values a team approach by including parents and collaborating with related professionals.
Kristal Bates, M.Ed, BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director, Orange County Region
Kristal Bates received her Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. She completed course work to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from Florida Institute of Technology. She has been a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) since May 2012 and a BCBA since February 2014. Kristal has been working with children with disabilities since 2009. She is dedicated to providing highly effective and reliable ABA services to individuals with autism and special needs. Kristal has extensive knowledge in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Verbal Behavior (VB), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Training (NET). Kristal’s professional emphases and strengths are in effective management and leadership procedures, curriculum development, functional behavioral assessments and early intervention.
It’s very inspiring to be a part of a team that is devoted and compassionate about children and their families. My philosophy is together with the family develop and a build an individual support system for each learner that allows them to be motivated to reach their fullest potential and live the best quality of life.
Sara Yanez, M.Ed., BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director - Orange County Region
Sara Yanez completed a bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and completed a master's degree in education from Arizona State University, specializing in applied behavior analysis. She has worked in the field of ABA since 2006 and has been a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) since September 2012. Sara has experience implementing and supervising ABA services in a variety of settings, such as school districts, clinics, community settings, and in home. She is trained in discrete trial training (DTT), verbal behavior (VB), picture exchange communication system (PECS), functional communication training (FCT), and natural environmental teaching (NET) methods. Her experience and professional strengths include social skills groups, assessments, curriculum development, and early intervention.
Sara tackles all of her cases with a high level of dedication, care, and sensitivity. She enjoys working as a team to help clients achieve their goals.
Alaina Neal, M.S., BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director- Orange County Region
Alaina Neal, received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and her master’s of science degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from California State University, Los Angeles. In addition, Alaina earned a Certificate in Educational Programs for Students with Autism from California State University, Los Angeles. She has been a BCBA since 2014. Alaina has been working in the field of ABA for over 7 years and has experience working with clients diagnosed with a variety of disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Seizure Disorder, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Alaina has extensive knowledge in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Verbal behavior (VB), Discrete Trail Training (DTT), Natural Environmental Teaching (NET), Early Intervention Programming, and social skills.
Her strengths include parent training, working with early learners, assessments, and curriculum development. Alaina is forward thinking, responsive to concerns and feedback, and enjoys leading a team of passionate and well trained clinicians. Alaina is dedicated to teaching socially significant behaviors to her clients, so that they can have a better quality of life.