About Us

Advanced​ ​Behavior​ ​Treatment​ ​(ABT)​ was​ ​founded​ ​in​ ​2013​ ​by​ ​Rich​ ​Neal,​ ​MS,​ ​LBS,​ ​BCBA​ ​after​ ​13​ ​years​ ​of​ ​working​ ​with​ ​children  and​ ​adolescents​ ​with​ ​autism,​ ​intellectual​ ​disabilities​ ​and​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​challenges.​ ​When  several​ ​individuals​ ​whom​ ​he​ ​had​ ​serviced​ ​graduated​ ​from​ ​high​ ​school​ ​or​ ​aged​ ​out​ ​of  adolescent​ ​supports,​ ​Rich​ ​became​ ​aware​ ​of​ ​the​ ​“services​ ​cliff”,​ ​a​ ​significant​ ​decrease​ ​in  available​ ​service​ ​options​ ​for​ ​individuals​ ​with​ ​disabilities​ ​after​ ​age​ ​21.​ ​Rich’s​ ​concern​ ​increased  after​ ​reading​ ​the​ ​​Pennsylvania​ ​Autism​ ​Census​ ​Project:​ ​Final​ ​Report​ ​(October​ ​2009)​.

This​ ​report​ ​revealed​ ​that​ ​between​ ​the​ ​years​ ​2009​ ​through​ ​2020,​ ​the​ ​number​ ​of​ ​people​ ​aged​ ​21  and​ ​over​ ​living​ ​in​ ​Pennsylvania,​ ​diagnosed​ ​with​ ​autism​ ​was​ ​projected​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​from​ ​less  than​ ​4,000​ ​individuals​ ​to​ ​nearly​ ​20,000.​ ​Rich​ ​established​ ​​ABT​​ ​with​ ​a​ ​primary​ ​focus​ ​of​ ​helping  adults​ ​living​ ​with​ ​intellectual​ ​disabilities,​ ​autism,​ ​and​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​challenges​ ​reach​ ​individual  goals​ ​so​ ​they​ ​can​ ​access​ ​their​ ​communities​ ​and​ ​live​ ​in​ ​the​ ​least​ ​restrictive​ ​setting.

Our Team

Rich NealRich Neal, MS, LBS, BCBA
Founder,​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​Clinical​ ​Services,​ ​Behavior​ ​Analyst

Rich Neal is a Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with 17 years of providing behavioral health rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities. He has provided clinical support for behavioral analysis, intervention, data tracking and evidence-based interventions for adults engaging in problematic behaviors. Rich spent much of his career working with adolescents, where he witnessed first hand, the decrease in service options after these individuals turned 21 years old or graduated from high school. Seeing so many families become frustrated and distraught about the decrease in service options between adolescence and adulthood led Rich to found ABT with a focus on supporting adults with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and/or mental health challenges live more independently in their homes and communities. Rich continues to work with children, adolescents, and adults, with the primary objective of helping these individuals achieve skill acquisition, reduce problematic behaviors, access​ ​their​ ​communities,​ ​and​ ​live​ ​in​ ​the​ ​least​ ​restrictive​ ​settings​ ​as​ ​possible.

Tariq FarrTariq​ ​Farr,​ ​M.Ed
Director​ ​of​ ​Staff​ ​Management,​ ​Behavior​ ​Specialist

Tariq Farr is a Behavior Specialist with over 10 years of experience providing behavior support to adults diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities. Tariq has assisted individuals with decreasing challenging behaviors, ​increasing independent skills, developing social skills, as well as assisting with improving communication of wants and needs. For the past 26 years, Tariq has worked in foster care, psychiatric hospitals, early intervention, family therapy and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. He has also developed curriculum’s and conducted trainings for direct support staff, supervisors, educators and students. Tariq understands that each individual is unique and, therefore, services should be tailored specific to each individual. Tariq had a long-term goal of becoming a Behavior Specialist and a helping professional in his community. He considers himself to​ ​be​ ​blessed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​work​ ​in​ ​a​ ​profession​ ​that​ ​he truly loves​ ​and​ ​feels​ ​passionate​ ​about.

Mission

Advanced Behavior Treatment approaches supports by using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to evaluate the relationship between the individual and his or her environment. We then assist the people who are most closely involved in the individual’s daily life in understanding how that environmental relationship supports the individual’s desire and ability to obtain or maintain the adaptive skills required to increase independence, social interactions, and overall quality of life.

ABT’s goal is to support persons with a developmental disability, intellectual disability or autism to live more independently in their homes and communities. We also aim to provide a variety of services that promote skill development, reduction of challenging behaviors, community living, and inclusion.