ABA Intervention 

and On-Going Services





for Children who have Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Register Today!


Please call to register 4 Weeks before start of session to reserve a space that works best for your child. 

12 Week Session

Registration Deadlines:

8 Week Sessions

Registration Deadlines:

Starting Fall 2018!

Call to REGISTER by Sept 28

Oct 29-Dec 21

Excludes Thanksgiving Break

Nov 22, 23 & 26

Excludes Columbus Day Oct 8

Call to REGISTER by Aug 3

Sept 3-Oct 26

Call today! Registration is


June 10 -August 31

Call to REGISTER by Dec 3

Jan 7-Mar 1, 2019

Call to REGISTER by Feb 1, 2019

Mar 4-April 27, 2019

Or call to schedule your own session for your child.


Session Times:



Intake and Assessment Requirements:

Intake and Assessment Appointments are required prior to the start of your session.

  • Initial Intake and Intro Assessment= 1 hour visit

  • At least one additional 2 hour assessment visit required.

  • Up to 3 or more 2 hour assessment visits may be needed to fully assess child prior to clinic depending on skill/behavioral levels

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is "ABA"?

"ABA is short for ‘Applied Behavior Analysis’,...

the science of observing, evaluating, and changing human behavior through arranging the environment and circumstances to bring about desired skills/behaviors and to decrease socially significant problem or ‘maladaptive’ behaviors.”


“ABA is a highly effective intervention to help children who have not met Developmental Milestones in a timely manner to get back on track, and acquire the foundation skills in vocalization, communication, problem solving, participation, and social interaction that are needed to develop higher level skills and function more independently in life." 

What is an "Introductory ABA Clinic"?

It is a chance for a family to try out Intensive ABA Intervention for a limited period of time in order to see how it will fit the needs of their child and their family.


Research in the field of Autism indicates the most effective intervention is “Intensive ABA Intervention”, and it is often prescribed by doctors for 25-40 hours per week as per indicated in the published research (see National Autism Standards Report). 


However, initially, that amount of time commitment per week may be daunting to parents, and that amount of intensive therapy may be overwhelming for a child who has not experienced this type of intensive treatment before.  Additionally, a 25-40 hour per week Intensive ABA Intervention treatment plan may limit the child’s access to other needed interventions such as speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, specialized preschool, and inclusion in a typical preschool setting.  We have seen new skill acquisition take place in shorter amounts of therapy time, and are offering these shorter 15 hour per week, 6-week & 8-week sessions as a more practical introduction to Intensive ABA Intervention for the child and the family. 

Do we have to commit to 5 days per week and the whole 6 or 8 week clinic that we choose?

Yes, commitment to the entire session is very important for your child.


We do ask that you commit for the entire session in order to allow enough time to provide a therapeutically effective number of trials and behavioral shaping of the new skills that you are seeking for your child.

Where will the intervention take place for these short-term clinic sessions?

In our outpatient offices at

1630 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA

We also provide in-home and in-daycare/in-school services for our clients, however, in order to experience the full effect of what Intensive ABA Intervention can do for your child, we find that starting services in our offices helps to more effectively shape the initial behaviors that we are seeking to bring about. 


The reason for this is that it is an environment which we can control and manipulate which is much more difficult to do in a clients home or school. 

After trying a short-term clinic, if a family would like to continue ABA services with us, we would develop a plan together that would include where and when services would best be provided to suit the therapeutic needs of the child, and the practical needs of the family.

Can we enroll our child in both the morning and afternoon clinic during the same 6 or 8 week session?

Yes, through specific request.

The purpose of the Introductory sessions is to introduce Intensive ABA Intervention into the overall treatment plan of individual children, so they were designed for new clients to attend either the morning or afternoon session.  However, the needs of each client will be evaluated through the Intake and Assessment process prior to the start of the session and, therefore, can be individualized as per this process. 

Can we enroll our child in more than one 6 or 8 week session?

Yes, but...

The purpose of the short term clinic sessions is to give you an opportunity to decide if Intensive ABA Intervention is the treatment path that will best fit your child and family's needs.  After participating in one short term clinic session, we can discuss tailoring an individualized program to better meet your child & family's needs which might include an increase in intervention time, intervention in other environments beyond the clinic, and adjustments to the time frames in which the services are delivered.  So, after having attended one short term clinic session, it is not necessary to go through additional short term clinic sessions because an individual plan will be developed with you.

Additionally, children do not have to participate in the short-term clinics in order to receive Intensive ABA Intervention in our offices on an on-going basis or to receive any other home-based or school-based ABA services that we offer. If interested, you may contact us at 717-945-6491 to discuss beginning services as an on-going client.

How are clinics paid for?

Private Health Insurance Coverage (with a diagnosis of Autism) or private pay at this time.

We are happy to consider any other funding sources that ​you may have found.

In the state of Pennsylvania, private health insurance companies are required to provide ABA coverage to member children who have been diagnosed with Autism (there are some exceptions).  We are currently credentialed with five private health insurance companies, and are willing to contract out-of-network or enter into the credentialing process with most other private health insurance companies with whom we are not already serving.


Due to being a small, private ABA practice, we are not yet able to offer services under M.A. [Medical Assistance] or any of the M.A. Managed Care Providers, due to the additional resources they require a particular practice to have within their capacity.


We also accept private pay clients, and are willing to work with families in regards to other funding sources that they may have identified for these services.

Swank Early Skills Development

1630 Manheim Pike

Ste 2, Box 16  

Lancaster, PA 17601             

Hours of Intervention Service:

9am to 5pm - Monday through Friday

Office Hours are by appointment only.

Please call our office at the number provided.

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