To help our students learn we target pivotal behaviors, such as:

  • On-Task Behavior

  • Making Appropriate Choices

  • Turn-Taking

  • Joint Attention (attending to a common object)

  • Following Instructions

  • Receptive and Expressive Language Skills

  • Initiating & Sustaining Social Interactions

  • Responding to Questions

  • Maintaining Socially Acceptable Behavior

  • Transitioning Between Activities

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Our Center-Based programs offer the following services:

  • Assessment

  • Behavior assessment

  • Person-centered planning

  • Systematic development of Treatment Plans

  • Ongoing monitoring of Treatment Plans

  • Parent training

  • Data collection & data-based decision making

  • Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Naturalistic interventions

  • Incidental teaching

  • Discrete trial teaching


  • Social skills groups

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) has awarded Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention with a 2-year Accreditation, recognizing the organization as a top behavioral service provider in the country. The Accreditation celebrates exceptional behavioral health providers that excel in the areas of clinical quality, staff satisfaction and qualifications, and consumer satisfaction. These areas are measured via a wide-ranging audit, including interviews with agency clinical leadership, a detailed staff qualification review, anonymous staff satisfaction survey, and anonymous consumer satisfaction survey.

About Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE): The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is an international accrediting body that recognizes top-performing behavioral health providers. BHCOE offers a third-party measurement system that differentiates top services providers from exceptional services providers. The BHCOE criterion features standards that subject-matter experts developed to measure state-of-the-art behavioral health services.

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BHCOE is an international accrediting body used to help funders and identify quality behavioral health providers. Acting as a third-party, the organization systematically measures and reports on existing quality criteria in the behavior analysis community using standardized methods and practices, and awards only those service agencies that meet these standards.

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“Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention was founded to positively impact the lives of our students and their families. We wanted to provide high quality services through our highly trained staff and set the standard for high- quality ABA services in Washington State. We could not be prouder that every day Connections staff enrich the lives of students, staff, and families,” said founders James Kidwell (PhC, BCBA) and Paul Mullan (PhD, BCBA-D).

“Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention sets high standards while utilizing current best practices in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Their participation in the peer-review process shows their dedication to consistent improvement and the use of highly qualified staff and best practices in programming,” said Sara Gershfeld Litvak, Founder of BHCOE. “We are very excited to congratulate the Connections team on running an ABA program that is effective, ethical, and a very valuable resource for the King County area autism community and beyond.”

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention named as Top National Behavioral Service Provider

​​​​​​​​​​We have openings available at our Kent Center starting in 2018:

8725 South 212th Street

Kent, WA 98031

(253) 981-4746

AM Session: 8:00am – 11:35am

PM Session: 12:30pm - 4:05pm   

Center-Based Program:
Our center-based program for 2-5 year olds is up and running and we are close to capacity – only a couple spots are left open. Children attend the program at our Kent Office for 3 to 6 hours each day (dependent upon need and approval). We have designed the center-based program to improve learning outcomes for our students and their families. Our therapists, guided by the program team (including parents and a BCBA), engage in a variety of evidence-based practices to meet student’s individual needs. The use of pivotal response treatment, incidental teaching, structured teaching techniques, embedded instruction, social skills instruction, and discrete trial training are all utilized to meet the individual needs of the child.

Career Opportunities:
We are currently in search of a full-time Board Certified Behavior Analyst to support our behavior technicians, students, and their families. This person will work in our centers or schools and have one home-based client. They will receive a wide variety of experiences and multiple tiers of support from our 26 BCBA’s. Applicants must be organized, personable, collaborative, dependable, and motivated to continue learning. We're looking to fill this position as soon as possible. Please call or e-mail for more information.

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*EXCITING NEWS: Connections Behavior is now an Authorized Continuing Education (ACE) Provider Organization!!!

“At Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, we are passionate about providing top quality care and we are very proud to receive this Accreditation reflecting our values and our commitment to improving the quality of life for our clients and their families. We are thankful to our team’s dedication and skill that allows us to help clients make meaningful social, behavioral, and academic progress,” said Nicolle Simon, M.Ed., BCBA.