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.
Rich 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 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.
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.