Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

Changing Challenging Behaviors

The Adult Behavioral Program assesses and treats adults (18 and older) with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who have challenging behaviors. The program is part of Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center.

We are experts in applied behavior analysis (ABA), an evidence-based method that has proven to help reduce challenging behavior.

We hold sessions at the Burnett Adult Life Center in Bothell, which has a variety of classrooms. This lets you practice the techniques in varied settings to see how they work for you.

Treatment is designed to build the foundation for future successes by:

  • Reducing behaviors that get in the way of learning and daily functioning
  • Helping to remove barriers to being a part of the community
  • Promoting access to jobs, activities and social groups
  • We work with adults age 18 and older with autism and other developmental disabilities who have behaviors such as:

    • Physical or verbal aggression
    • Self-injury, like hand biting or head banging
    • Destroying property, like breaking or throwing things
    • Running away or wandering off (elopement)
    • Tantrums

    We require that a parent, caregiver, guardian or family member attend and take part in all sessions.

    Adults with any symptoms of psychosis are not eligible.

  • We work with parents and other caregivers to assess how your adult acts and the purpose of their behavior. For example, the behavior might be an attempt to get something they want, like attention. Or it might help avoid something they do not want, like a noisy classroom. This process is called a functional behavior assessment (FBA).

    Based on the FBA, we create a treatment plan. We teach skills and coach caregivers to act on the plan. Greg Breznican, a board-certified behavior analyst, leads the program.
    Most plans focus on:

    • Changing factors in the environment
    • Teaching behaviors to serve the same purpose without causing problems
    • Making sure the problem behavior no longer serves its old purpose
    • Coaching caregivers to use ABA techniques, like positive reinforcement

    Most often, caregivers attend 1 hour each week for 12 weeks.

How to Complete the Intake Process

Payment and Billing

  • The rate for private pay sessions is $85 per hour. Most often, caregivers attend 1 hour each week for 12 weeks. The frequency and duration may vary, based on your needs and goals.

    We accept payment by:

    • Credit card
    • Debit card
    • Check
  • We also accept payment from Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) waivers or Individual and Family Services (IFS) funding.

    Contact your case manager to find out if you qualify. We need your case manager’s approval before we can offer services.

  • We offer scholarships to families with financial need, thanks to our generous supporters. Scholarships cover the cost of a 12-week behavioral program of weekly 1-hour sessions.
    To be eligible for aid, students must:

    • Be at least 18 years old.
    • Fill out the scholarship application to show financial need and how a scholarship may benefit you. Provide as much detail as possible.

    The scholarship committee will meet weekly to review applications. We will contact you if you are selected for aid. Once granted financial aid, families sign a contract agreeing to the terms of the service. If you cancel more than 3 visits, we may meet with you to discuss suspending the service and scholarship aid.

Contact Us

Call 425-482-4281 or email us to learn more about the program and process or to find out if the program is a good option for you.