REED Intensive Behavior Services (RIBS)

REED Intensive Behavior Services (RIBS)

1 in 3 children with autism engages in self-injurious behavior.

To learn more about REED Intensive Behavior Services, contact Dr. David Wilson at dwilson@reedfoundationforautism.org.

REED Intensive Behavior Services (RIBS) is a clinic-based day program designed to serve children ages 3-21 diagnosed with autism who cannot be served in less intensive settings due to severe challenging behavior.

Services focus on intensive applied behavior analysis (ABA) assessment and treatment strategies designed to reduce severe challenging behavior, increase adaptive behavior, and then transition students to a less-intensive level of care.

Services offered:

  • Comprehensive assessment of severe challenging behavior
  • Intensive intervention
  • Teaching adaptive behavior
  • Parent/Staff Training

Led by Dr. David Wilson, RIBS is one of a few programs nationally that specialize in the assessment and treatment of severe challenging behaviors. Several features of RIBS distinguish it from traditional ABA services offered in less-intensive settings. 

  • All services are overseen by a doctoral-level behavior analyst (BCBA-D) with over 25-years of experience in the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior
  • Services delivered in a specialized environment designed to ensure safety
  • Expertise in functional analysis; the gold standard in behavior assessment
  • Intensive-ABA sessions are conducted daily to ensure each child makes progress toward treatment goals
  • Expertise in collaborating with other disciplines (e.g., psychiatry)
  • Capacity to implement complex interventions

The primary admission criteria include a diagnosis of autism and the presence of severe challenging behavior that has been resistant to treatment strategies delivered in less intensive settings.  Severe challenging behaviors addressed include, but are not limited to, self-injurious behavior (SIB), aggression, disruptive behavior, property destruction, elopement, stereotypy, and pica.  These behaviors may present a risk of harm to the individual and others and/or significantly interfere with social, academic, and independent functioning.  

RIBS will offer much-needed resources to the many individuals, families, and schools across New Jersey that require these highly specialized services. Now operating as a pilot program, RIBS is scheduled to launch in Fall 2022.

REED Intensive Behavior Services (RIBS) is a clinic-based day program designed to serve children ages 3-21 diagnosed with autism who cannot be served in less intensive settings due to severe challenging behavior.

Services focus on intensive applied behavior analysis (ABA) assessment and treatment strategies designed to reduce severe challenging behavior, increase adaptive behavior, and then transition students to a less-intensive level of care.

Services offered:

  • Comprehensive assessment of severe challenging behavior
  • Intensive intervention
  • Teaching adaptive behavior
  • Parent/Staff Training

Led by Dr. David Wilson, RIBS is one of a few programs nationally that specialize in the assessment and treatment of severe challenging behaviors. Several features of RIBS distinguish it from traditional ABA services offered in less-intensive settings. 

  • All services are overseen by a doctoral-level behavior analyst (BCBA-D) with over 25-years of experience in the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior
  • Services delivered in a specialized/therapeutic environment designed to ensure safety
  • Expertise in functional analysis; the gold standard for assessing challenging behavior
  • Daily intensive-ABA sessions ensure each child makes progress toward treatment goals
  • Expertise in collaborating with other disciplines to address complex challenging behaviors
  • Capacity to implement complex interventions

The primary admission criteria include a diagnosis of autism and the presence of severe challenging behavior that has been resistant to treatment strategies delivered in less intensive settings.  Severe challenging behaviors addressed include, but are not limited to, self-injurious behavior (SIB), aggression, disruptive behavior, property destruction, elopement, stereotypy, and pica.  These behaviors may present a risk of harm to the individual and others and/or significantly interfere with social, academic, and independent functioning.  

RIBS will offer much-needed resources to the many individuals, families, and schools across New Jersey that require these highly specialized services. Now operating as a pilot program, RIBS is scheduled to launch in Fall 2022.


About DAVID WILSON, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director of REED Intensive Behavior Services

Dr. David Wilson is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) with more than 25 years of experience serving children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities across a variety of settings. His work history includes clinical leadership positions within nonprofit and for-profit behavior health organizations. In 2020, Governor Murphy appointed David to the inaugural New Jersey State Board of Behavior Analyst Examiners.

Prior to joining REED, David directed the graduate program in applied behavior analysis at Georgian Court University where he was a tenured associate professor of psychology. David’s areas of expertise include assessing and treating severe challenging behavior, skill acquisition, stimulus control, mentoring clinical staff, strategic planning, and quality improvement. He received clinical training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Neurobehavioral Unit (NBU) and completed his doctorate in behavior analysis, with a minor in special education at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Brian A. Iwata.

To learn more about REED Intensive Behavior Services, contact Dr. David Wilson at dwilson@reedfoundationforautism.org.