Coordinated Care for Children with Autism in Plymouth
Alternatives ABA provides multi-specialty treatment, including ABA therapy, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and more — all under one roof.
When my son was diagnosed with autism at 23 months, I hoped my background as a behavior analyst would help me navigate our future. But by his fifth birthday, we had tried several ABA providers without finding the success we knew was possible. We were frustrated and exhausted, unable to get anyone on the same page. I knew I had to build something better.
Today, my son is doing extraordinarily well in our programs at Alternatives ABA, and we are no longer driving all over the area to separate clinics for ABA, SLP, and OT. Your child deserves the same. We are so pleased to bring these exceptional services to Plymouth, and we invite you to join us for a tour or reach out with questions.
Cheers to a brighter future!
Susan Habchy, MPA, MEd, BCBA, LABA, LBA
How to Find Our Plymouth, MA Center
5 Natalie Way, Plymouth, MA 02360
Monday – Friday,
8am – 6pm
MA-3 S to Plymouth. Take exit 13 from MA-3
Follow Long Pond Rd and Holman Rd to 5 Natalie Way, Plymouth.
Alternatives ABA — Plymouth, MA
Alternatives ABA — Plymouth, MA
Get Started With ABA Therapy in Plymouth
Customized, compassionate ABA Therapy in Plymouth, MA
Our approach focuses on collaborative care to provide better support to your child and your entire family.
We are now accepting clients, with little to no wait time, for all of our programs.
Home- and Community-Based ABA
We offer both home- and center-based ABA to provide hands-on therapy and fun in the environment best suited for your child’s success.
Join us for intensive one-on-one therapy supervised by skilled BCBAs at our 15,000-square-foot center. Trampolines, swings, toys, a cardio gym for our older kiddos, and an outdoor play space for all!
If in-person care isn’t an option, our specialists are just as skilled and animated during our HIPAA-compliant remote ABA, speech, and occupational therapies.
Pre-K/Kindergarten Readiness Programs
Help your child prepare for the structure of a classroom. Your two- to five-year-old will love our small groups where therapists sneak pre-academic skills into the fun.
Social and Functional Living Skills Programs
Build your community with other families through our ABA-based social and fitness groups. We also offer group outings, parent and caregiver education, as well as sibling support groups.
Does your child have feeding, sensory, or coordination challenges? Our OT specialists will work to develop your child’s fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and more to help them thrive.
Whether it’s a speech delay or language challenge, our highly specialized providers help your child communicate feelings, desires, and ideas — giving them the independence they crave.
Music and art turn therapy into passionate expression and a source of self-esteem for children of all ages and abilities.
Our Mission at Alternatives ABA Plymouth
To improve the overall quality of life of individuals and families impacted by autism by providing exceptional strength-based child- and family-centered therapies and family supports based on the principles and practices of applied behavior analysis (ABA).
We envision a world where all children are recognized for their individual strengths, not their deficits, and where all families impacted by autism have access to the services and support they need in order to live their best possible lives.
A well-supported family is better able to support the child.
KRISTEN BETTENCOURT, MEd, BCBA, LABA
Director of ABA Operations-Plymouth, MA
Kristen is a North Shore native and grew up in Peabody, MA. After graduating with a degree in Sociology from Salem State University in 2010, Kristen began her work in Applied Behavior Analysis. She began her career in ABA working as a behavior therapist in early intervention at Beacon ABA. While pursuing her Master’s degree in Special Education at Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA, Kristen taught in a substantially separate ABA pre-k/Kindergarten classroom from 2011-2013. Kristen received her CAGS (Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies) in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Massachusetts – Boston/Melmark. Kristen worked as a behavior specialist at the Northeast Arc in Danvers, MA from 2013-2015, overseeing in-home ABA therapy cases for clients 3-9 years old.
In 2015 Kristen relocated to South Carolina to work as the Director of Professional Development at the Unumb Center of Neurodevelopment. She was promoted to Director of ABA Services in 2016. Kristen relocated back to Massachusetts in August 2020 to work for Alternatives ABA. Kristen’s professional interests include mentoring new BCBA’s, staff development, and performance management.
Kristen resides in Plymouth, MA with her wife Courtney and her rescue dog Oliver. Kristen loves walking her dog, traveling, cooking, running and kickboxing.
Kristen influences Alternatives ABA’s growth at the national level via her contributions to policy & Procedures, best practices, training components, etc.
Sabrina was raised in Irmo, SC. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Political Science and Religion. She continued her education by earning her Master’s of Public Administration from The University of South Carolina. Before joining the Alternatives ABA team, Sabrina served in several capacities at The Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment, beginning as an Registered Behavior Technician and finishing her time as the Communications and Event Manager. She is passionate in serving this population through administrative and operational support.
Sabrina relocated to Massachusetts in February 2021 to work with Alternatives ABA Sabrina loves spending time with her husband, Nicholas and their dogs, Humphrey and Quincy, traveling, exploring presidential libraries and films.
Meet the Plymouth Care Team
KRISTEN BETTENCOURT, MEd, BCBA, LABA
Director of ABA Operations
Frequently Asked Questions
What is autism?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a broad range of challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication triggered by genetic and environmental factors. People with autism may have varying abilities, and some people with autism require lifelong support, while others can live independently.
What are the signs of autism?
Some common signs of autism include:
- Eye contact avoidance
- Speech or communication delay
- Reliance on routines or self-imposed rules
- Intolerance of minor changes in routine
- Disruptive reactions to sounds, tastes, sights, touch, and smells
- Difficulty interpreting emotions
- Obsession with a narrow range of interests or objects
- Repetitive behavior (i.e. flapping, rocking, or tapping)
- Inability to respond to one’s name by 12 months
- Inability to point out distant objects by 14 months
How is autism diagnosed?
Pediatricians, psychologists, neurologists, and other medical professionals rely on your description of your child’s developmental history, then assess behavior using a variety of diagnostic tools. The earlier the diagnosis is made and ABA and skills training begin, the better outcomes you can expect.
What is ABA?
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a series of learning interventions based on the science of learning and behavior. The goal of ABA is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful to a meaningful degree and to demonstrate that these interventions are responsible for behavior improvement.
How does ABA work?
ABA therapists observe a child’s every behavior, then either increase or decrease it through exercises and interventions. They work to improve communication, social skills, academics, reading, and adaptive living skills such as gross and fine motor skills, toileting, dressing, eating, personal self-care, domestic skills, and work skills.
Do I need insurance?
Insurance is not required, but paying for ABA services “out of pocket” is often out of reach for the average family. Countless moms, dads, and legislators have worked to make autism coverage in Massachusetts the best in the country. Having insurance coverage will help to cover the cost of your child’s ABA therapy. If you need help with Massachusetts insurance coverage, contact the Autism Insurance Resource Center at https://massairc.org/.
What insurance plans do you accept?
Am I Covered is an easy-to-use screening tool to help you determine whether your insurance is subject to the Massachusetts Autism Insurance Law (also known as ARICA). We accept all major insurance plans in Massachusetts.