University Autism Center
What is Behavior Skills Training (BST)?

BST is a short-term behavioral service designed to help relevant adults focus on improving specific skill areas and reducing challenging behaviors for individuals with ASD. These services take place in the individual’s natural setting and clinical setting. BST includes comprehensive, functional assessments of target skills and behaviors, along with consultation, training, and follow-up. The strategies used within BST are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Ideal Candidates for Behavior Skills Training:
  • Are between the ages of 3 and 22 years old
  • Have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorder, or developmental delay
  • Behavioral, adaptive, and/or communication needs that limit access to natural environments
Typical Services Provided:
  • Targeted Skills Assessment Services:
    Evaluation and intervention guidelines which target behavioral, communicative and/or adaptive needs across environments
  • Intensive Behavior Services:
    Assess and identify function of behavior, develop intervention plan and provide guidelines and training for continued behavior support
Key Components of Behavior Skills Training:
  • Comprehensive interview prior to visit
  • Extensive initial evaluation and recommendations
  • Meeting to review full clinic evaluation
  • Initial 3-month follow-up sessions in clinic or home setting, with monthly progress reports
  • Additional follow-up sessions may be arranged
  • Assessments may include and/or produce: functional analysis, structural analysis, current level educational and social-emotional abilities

For additional information please contact the UAC @ (573) 986-4985 or


Phone: 573.986.4985
Fax: 573.986.4994
University Autism Center
611 North Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
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