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About Ascent Behavioral Analysis

Ascent Behavioral Analysis provides Applied Behavior Analysis therapy to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Our services include comprehensive and targeted therapy to address the skill deficits and behavior issues associated with these disorders.

Our Mission

Ascent Behavioral Analysis, PLLC’s mission is to empower, equip families and inspire success. Ascent Behavioral Analysis will collaborate with other professionals, families and clients to create an effective and meaningful treatment program that results in socially significant changes and improves individuals’ quality of life!

Our  Values

Our goal is to impact preschool-aged children to produce significant and lasting behavior change to better the lives of those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental challenges. Young children with an autism spectrum disorder have deficits in their ability to communicate, socialize and generalize learned behavior into the natural environment. With the acquisition of these skills, they can begin to acquire new skills with much less systematic intervention and in a more natural environment.

Our Vision

Our purpose is to serve the needs of individuals in our community with developmental challenges, including Autism, ADD/ADHD and other behavioral or social delays. At Ascent Behavioral Analysis we specialize in applied behavior analytic principles. Our goal is to create optimal treatment programs that are individualized per the needs of each person. With our expertise in ABA and your love and knowledge of your child we can provide a holistic comprehensive program that fosters growth in communication and appropriate social behavior.

Meet Our Team

Shelley Burbank
M. Ed., Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Licensed Behavior Analyst


In 1993 I had my second child and found that he had extensive challenges.  He was blind, deaf, had hydrocephalus, and multiple other issues.  I learned to love and care for my child that could not give any love back.  When he passed away at the age of 4 1/2, I knew that I had found my calling, working with children that have the most need.  I went back to school and got a general education teaching degree, followed by a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education.  I started working in a special education preschool and quickly realized I did not have the skills to help the 6 kids in my classes with Autism.  I volunteered for the next district Autism training and to teach the district Autism program. This was the best move of my life!  I have found a love and passion for these children and the challenges that they face.

As I implemented ABA in my classroom, I saw how effective it was to teach the skills that the kids needed to be more independent and happy.  I spent many nights awake thinking about how to do things better for each child and then came to school each day ready to run a class that used positive strategies to support kid's behavior, rather than punishment, and it worked!  This reinforced my behavior and I looked for more training.  I went back to school again and completed a program in Positive Behavior Support, met the requirements to sit for the board exam and passed in the fall of 2017. 

I have seen ABA work wonders for children.  I recognize the uphill climb that children and families face and that is why I have named my business "Ascent".  I see and feel the difficulties when climbing the mountain of Autism, but I have also celebrated the joys of reaching a new goal or height.  This feeling keeps me challenged and excited to keep climbing.   

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My name is Riley Berry and I am a BCBA at Ascent Behavioral Analysis. My younger brother has autism and Tuberous Sclerosis. He initially got me into the field of advocating, supporting, and teaching when I started becoming more involved in his IEP meetings, speech therapy, and helping his needs be met. Before being a BCBA, I started as an RBT at Ascent in 2018. I have a Bachelor's degree in elementary education and a minor in special education. I am passionate about the field of ABA, it creates positive behavior supports and improves quality of life for those with disabilities. I enjoy working with kids with a wide range of ages and helping them meet goals and be successful.

Diversity Statement 

Ascent Behavioral Analysis is committed to creating a culture that promotes inclusivity while encouraging them to be their best selves daily. Our diversity and inclusivity efforts are embedded in our staff training and how we serve our clients. We are continuously evaluating ourselves to be as transparent with everyone through our policies, training, and our workplace culture. For our clients and their families, we strive to provide them with useful resources that make them feel valued.

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