ABC Schools

Applied Behavior Analysis, also known as ABA, is the theoretical foundation that underlies all of ABC’s clinical practices and educational development.

Applied Behavior Consultants, Inc. opened its first classroom for children diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder in September 1994.

ABC’s projection was to fill a classroom with 10 students. Since that time we have been continually expanding to meet the needs of families and their children in Sacramento and other sites.

Like ABC’s in-home and center based programs, our NPS schools concentrate on planning and teaching generalization from the very start of each lesson designed from the child’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP). To establish successful and effective generalization of learned and mastered IEP goals and objectives, ABC uses its 5 level teaching process, R.E.A.L. (Recreating Environments to Accelerate Learning; Terzich, 1996).

Specialized Academic Instruction

ABC School provides instructional services based on the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP). The IEP team determines how Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) will be implemented based on the child’s individual needs. SAI is defined as “adapting, as appropriate to the needs of the child with a disability the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction to ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that he or she can meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the public agency that apply to all children.” (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34, Section 300.39(b)(3)). 

ABC specializes in applying the principles of Behavior Analysis to the learning environment with the goal of having students generalize their skills and maximize their potential so that each student can access their learning environment.

ABC Schools in California

All of ABC Schools are accepting referrals for enrollment.
Please contact Kerry Madden Solliday for our Sacramento School

Intensive ABA Programs

Each ABC school is designed to meet the individual needs of children who are diagnosed with Autism or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) between the ages of 3 and 22 years of age (Sacramento School). 

Intensive Behavioral Treatment (IBT) is provided within a language-based ABA educational environment where teaching is highly structured for acquisition of new skills. The teaching environment becomes less structured as the student demonstrates the use of skills learned in natural settings and across routines throughout the day. 

Within ABC’s unique generalization framework, each child’s curriculum teaches critical language skills, functional activities, socialization, initiation/spontaneity and generalization of mastered concepts/skills. These skills are built into every student’s educational program and individualized to meet his or her learning style and unique needs. 

The overall goal is to prepare the student for reintegration into his/her neighborhood school.


Each classroom has a credentialed teacher, a lead behavior technician and a number of behavior technicians. In addition, a Senior Behavior Analyst or a Supervising Behavior Analyst (SBA) oversees every two classrooms of 10 students to provide on-going training, feedback and troubleshooting to teachers. To ensure the quality and effectiveness of each child’s ABA educational curriculum, and to maintain a safe learning environment for each child and ABC staff, each site has two tiers of clinical administration and an HR department. 

ABC's classrooms provide a 1:1.5 technician to student ratio for student’s age 3 to 9, and a 1:2 ratio for students age 9 to 12.

Initially, a newly enrolled student may receive 1:1 instruction until the teacher determines when and under what conditions the student will benefit from group instruction.
In some cases, students will work in groups of 3-4 students, when they are ready for this level, to assist in the transition to a less restrictive environment (LRE).

Extracurricular Social Integration Programs

ABC School Sacramento offers art and fitness to all students.
The art program and fitness program provide opportunities for our students to expand their interests and engage in other social activities.