Robert O'Hare, BCBA/LBA

Rob O'Hare is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). Rob provides ABA Therapy to individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. He conducts language and functional skill assessments based in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), directly supervises behavior technicians implementing ABA services, provides training to parents in ABA strategies, and regularly monitors clients' progress toward their goals. He also helped design Freedom First's unique training program for behavior technicians to enhance their proficiency with ABA-based rapport-building and skill acquisition procedures.

Rob holds a Master's degree in ABA and Autism from Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY. He earned his BCBA in 2011 and has since worked in a variety of settings providing both behavioral support and skill building services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as those diagnosed with other developmental disabilities. For his work with people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Rob was the recipient of the Advocate of the Year Award in February 2019 by the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region.

Rob's approach to ABA involves (1) traditional 1:1 discrete trial at-the-table to focus on rapid skill acquisition and (2) more naturalistic models to reinforce social, play, and adaptive skills in areas where performance of these skills is most significant (e.g., with siblings and parents, at the grocery store, etc.). He is also exploring newer ABA-based methods which focus on a teaching individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to generalize learned skills more efficiently, as well as learn new skills in the absence of direct teaching.