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

    • Complete our Adult Behavioral Program intake form.
    • Give as much detail as possible in response to questions about challenging behaviors. We do not discriminate based on any past or current behavior or aggression. But we do need full details so we can provide the services that best fit you. If a family does not fully inform us of behavior challenges, we reserve the right to suspend or end enrollment in our programs.
  • Please do not drop off the form in person. Send it to any of the following:

  • After we review your paperwork, we will email you a link to schedule your 1-hour intake appointment. We will send email to confirm your visit at the Burnett Adult Life Center in Bothell.

  • We charge a $100 fee to cover the cost of processing each person’s application. This fee is non-refundable unless Burnett Adult Life Center staff decide the program is not a good fit for you.

    If the intake fee is a problem for your family, we offer financial help.

    You can pay when you come in for your intake appointment or when you come for that visit. We accept credit card, debit card, check or e-check. Write your check to Seattle Children’s Hospital, with Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center in the memo line.

  • During your intake visit, you will meet with our behavior analyst. We will tell you about the program and address goals and strategies. If the program is a good fit for you, we will recommend interventions. 

  • We will place you on our waiting list. When a space opens, we will contact you to start the 12-week program. Because of high demand, you may have to wait a few months to start.

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 the intake visit and 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 425-482-4274 or email us to learn more about the program and process or to find out if the program is a good option for you.