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Step Forward ABA: Our history and more

We have years of combined experience offering ABA therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavioral concerns, and other developmental disabilities.

We understand that no two children are the same, that is why our therapy team take a personalized approach to ABA therapy, ensuring optimal outcomes that will last a lifetime.

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Step Forward ABA offers therapy in different settings such as in-school, in-home, in-center and in the community, to families in Florida, Illinois and Colorado.

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Our Mission

Helping children improve behaviors & reach milestones for a brighter future.

We are passionate about empowering children to step forward toward a brighter future with ABA therapy. Our ABA therapists aim to create a customized plan of action to help our learners thrive by offering education, tools, and resources for children, parents, and educators.

Diah Askari, MS, BCBA

– Our Founder

Our team is led by Diah Askari, MS, BCBA, who is an owner of Step Forward ABA, as well as our Clinical Director. He has been practicing ABA therapy since 2011, and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2013.

Diah has worked with multiple ABA practices before deciding to form his own practice based on values that focus on using the science of Behavior Analysis to put children’s strengths and interests at the forefront of their therapy.

Diah felt South Florida was overrun by practices that focused on finances over families, and wanted to bring together a group of individuals who were in this for the right reason.  Diah wants our families to know that we are here to help your child get the most out of life, and that our whole team thoroughly enjoys what we do. 

Why Choose Us

Professionalism

Our staff of bilingual analysts and technicians uphold the highest standards of discretion and professionalism when providing ABA therapy and parent training services.

Compassion

Not only is our team highly qualified, but full of compassionate and caring professionals that truly care about helping your child reach their full potential.

Customization

At Step Forward ABA, we understand that every child is unique, which is why we get to know your child personally to develop a customized therapy plan.

Client Reviews

What Our Clients Say About Us

Gabby Sober
Gabby Sober
2023-04-04
I recently enrolled my child in Step Forward ABA and I am extremely impressed with their services. The team at Step Forward ABA has been exceptional in providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for my child. The therapists are highly skilled and experienced in working with children. They have created a personalized ABA program for my child, which has helped them make significant progress in his communication, social skills, and behavior. The therapists are patient, compassionate, and knowledgeable, and they truly care about my child's well-being. The center itself is clean, well-equipped, and provides a safe and nurturing environment for my child. The staff is friendly, responsive, and professional, and they communicate regularly with me to provide updates on my child's progress. I have seen positive changes in my child since starting ABA therapy at Step Forward. They have become more independent, confident, and engaged in various activities. I appreciate the individualized approach and the focus on building skills that will benefit my child's long-term development. I highly recommend Step Forward ABA to any parent seeking ABA therapy for their child. The team's dedication, expertise, and commitment to helping children with special needs are truly commendable. Thank you, Step Forward ABA, for making a positive impact on my child's life! Keep up the excellent work!
Naromie St Ange
Naromie St Ange
2023-03-24
Staff are well trained and professional. They really go above and beyond and do anything they can to help me and my family. I highly recommend and am so thankful to have been linked with step forward Aba
Deborah Riskin
Deborah Riskin
2022-12-20
I am a parent. Step forward ana has excellent service. They really went out of their way to help me with insurance coverage & questions, they spoke to me about how ABA therapy works, and the dedicated case manager walked me through all the steps. They have really supported me along the way, with finding the right fit between services at the school and services at home. They provide quick replies to emails and calls, and excellent customer service. I am happy with the way everything is going. Plus I love the way everything is so organized and they are so considerate of their clients. Therapists and BCBAs are friendly, kind and very knowledgeable.
Jms r
Jms r
2022-12-14
Best aba company!!
Aneta Brier
Aneta Brier
2022-12-13
Great company and great respectful employees! Thanks for all you do At step foward aba
Katrin Priem
Katrin Priem
2022-11-02
Highly recommend step forward aba, when it comes to ABA therapy! My child is so happy with her RBT and BCBA plus the staff in the office is extremely helpful and nice. I love how they have the RBT come into my home to provide services, works great with my busy schedule
Michael Bernstein
Michael Bernstein
2022-11-01
Diah and his team are amazing. They have been working with my son in school and he's doing so much better. They communicate daily on how he did. They provide lots of tips and guidance. Always available to talk to them. Highly recommend them :)
David Gononsky
David Gononsky
2022-09-05
We are very pleased to say that step forward is great! We started in October and the therapist comes to our home for our 3 year old and we saw such a significant difference in his language and behavioral skills so quickly. And now being a few months or so in, even more progress has been made! Our therapist comes 5 days a week. She and our BCBA are both amazing and so very helpful! We highly recommend this company to anyone who needs services for their child

Frequently Asked Questions

Why ABA therapy?

ABA therapy can be used to address nearly any socially significant behavior. From social skills, academics, self-care, motor skills, and more, ABA therapy can help increase or decrease behaviors to help your child independently access their environment, develop contextually adaptive behaviors, and increase life and social skills.

How do I know if my child's insurance covers ABA therapy?

You can contact your insurance company directly OR get in touch with us, and we will contact your insurance on your behalf to see if your child has coverage for ABA.

Does my child need an official diagnosis to receive ABA therapy?

While your child does not require an official diagnosis to receive and benefit from ABA therapy, to receive coverage from your insurance, most insurance companies require a formal diagnosis and prescription for ABA therapy.

How many hours a week does my child need ABA therapy?

Our programs are designed to target your child’s specific behavioral needs. Depending on what those needs are, your child may require 10-40 hours of ABA therapy a week. Most of our learners receive between 15-25 hours of therapy per week. Contact us today to get in touch with a BCBA for an official assessment.