About Us

Our Promise To You

Jacob’s Promise is to create a harmonious environment where our families will flourish
Our Mission is to help facilitate the growth of families and organizations by teaching them to foster authentic relationships with their learners.

Our Core Values

Courage • Service • Growth • Commitment
Authenticity • Excellence • Compassion


• How  are  the  services  delivered?    

We provide a comprehensive service that includes a 4-step therapy process. It begins with an assessment to evaluate the learner and family’s individual needs. Second we begin one to one therapy with the learner. Next we provide family training to ensure that the family is equipped with the tools to carry out the treatment plan. Last, we focus on maintenance where we practice those skills learned in the community. All of our services are rooted in the principles of ABA therapy with the goal of helping the learner achieve maximum potential.

• What  does  each  service  entail?  


Verbal  Behavior  Assessment-­‐This  assessment  is  designed  for  learners  with  language  delays.     It  measures  a  learner’s  conversation  skills  by  measuring  their  ability  to  express  their  needs,   label  items  within  the  environment,  and  possess  other  critical  domains  that  affect  one’s   ability  to  communicate.  This  assessment  will  not  only  determine  an  individual’s  current   level  of  communication,  but  detects  barriers  that  prevent  language  acquisition,  progress   throughout  treatment,  activities  that  promote  communication  skills,  and  guidelines  for   establishing  appropriate  IEP  goals  and  individual  program  design.    The  results  of  this   assessment  will  yield  an  individualized  treatment  plan  used  during  1:1  therapy.  Allot  2   hours  for  the  assessment,  which  includes  a  parent  interview.           Functional  Behavior  Assessment-­‐This  assessment  is  designed  for  learners  with  challenging   behaviors.    Its  procedures  consist  of  a  systematic  attempt  to  identify  sources  of   reinforcement  for  behavior.    This  assessment  will  identify:  (a)  situations  in  which   challenging  behavior  is  most  likely  to  occur,  and  (b)  strategies  that  might  be  effective  as   treatment.    The  results  of  this  assessment  will  yield  an  individualized  treatment  plan  used   during  1:1  therapy.    Allot  2  hours  for  the  assessment,  which  includes  a  parent  interview.


1:1  Therapy-­‐  The  therapy  is  rooted  in  the  principles  of  Applied  Behavior  Analysis  (ABA),  the   leading  therapy  for  individuals  with  autism.      Therapy  consists  of  the  execution  of  the   individualized  treatment  plan.    The  treatment  plan  consists  of  goals  and  procedures  to   address  the  learner’s  language  delays  and/or  behavior  concerns.    It  also  contains  ongoing   data  tracking  methods  to  measure  the  learner’s  performance.


Family  Training-­‐  Family  training  personally  empowers  parents  to  manage  behavior   effectively.    Parents  are  taught  to  carry  out  ABA  strategies  independently.      Family  training   consists  of:

• meeting  with  the  behavior  analyst

• implementation  of  the  treatment  plan

• video  review

• evaluation  of  data  collection

• instructions  on  ABA  procedures

School  Consultation-­‐Ensure  your  child’s  school  team  remains  knowledgeable  about  ABA   techniques  in  your  child’s  program.  School  consultation  may  include:

• classroom  observation

• written  recommendations

• participation  at  IEP  meetings

• support  writing  Behavior  Intervention  Plans


Community  Based  ABA  Therapy -­‐ The  goal  of  a  comprehensive  ABA  based  program  is  to  create  socially  significant  behaviors  that  create  meaningful  change  in  one’s  life.    Our  process   allows  children  the  opportunity  to  practice  newly  acquired  skills  in  real  world  settings  to   promote  generality  and  maintenance.

• How  long  will  it  take  to  see  changes?  

Changes  in  behavior  range  depending  on  the  severity  of  the  child’s  needs  as  well  as   their  history  of  reinforcement.  It  is  recommended  to  have  continuous  therapy  up  to   1  year  or  longer  to  see  significant  behavior  improvements.    Parent  involvement  has   been  known  to  produce  faster  and  longer  lasting  results.

• How  often  would  I  need  to  do  therapy?  

The  amount  of  therapy  will  depend  on  the  severity  of  the  child’s  needs.    After  the   assessment,  the  behavior  analyst  may  suggest  an  appropriate  amount  of  therapy  per   week.    A  typical  ABA  program  would  consist  of  10  hours  of  one  to  one  therapy  a   week  for  moderate  or  severe  behaviors.

• What  does  family  training  consist  of?

A  family  trainer  will  assess  the  family’s  understanding  and  implementation  of  the   treatment  plan.    Parents  are  taught  to  carry  out  ABA  strategies  independently.     Family  training  personally  empowers  parents  to  manage  behavior   effectively.    Parent  participation  contributes  to  the  intensive  hours  needed  for   behavior  improvements.    Parents  are  expected  to  attend  each  session  for  family   training.

• What  types  of  behaviors  are  targeted?  

A  behavior  analyst  will  focus  on  targeting  behaviors  of  social  significance.    They   believe  in  changing  behaviors  that  will  increase  one’s  way  of  life.    These  may  include   but  are  not  limited  to  increasing  communication,  decreasing  aggression,  and   decreasing  stereotypical  behaviors.

• How  long  are  the  sessions  and  what  can  I  expect  during  that  time?

The  sessions  are  given  in  1-­‐2  hour  increments.    During  that  time,  the  treatment  plan   will  be  carried  out  using  structured  teaching  as  well  as  opportunities  for  Natural   Environment  Teaching  (NET).    Structured  teaching  allows  for  implementation  of  a   variety  of  instructional  methods  (e.g.,  visual  support  strategies,  sensory  integration
strategies,  discrete  trial  etc.).  NET  is  essential  for  the  learner  to  generalize  learned   skills  in  real  world  setting  or  situations.

• What  is  my  role  as  a  parent?

Behavior  change  shows  significant  improvements  when  parents  are  involved  in  the   treatment  plan.    This  includes  input  regarding  what  goals  should  be  addressed  as   well  as  the  implementation  of  the  treatment  plan  within  the  home  and  community.   The  collection  of  data  in  order  to  make  informed  decisions  about  treatment  is  what   drives  behavior  therapy.    Parents  have  the  responsibility  of  collecting  data  and   reporting  results  to  the  behavior  analyst.    A  parent  should  be  present  during   therapy  sessions  and  have  communication   with  the  behavior  technician  after  each  session.    The  behavior  technician  will  assign   specific  skills  to  be  worked  on  at  home.

• What  is  the  behavior  technician’s  role?  

The  behavior  technician  will  remain  knowledgeable  on  best  practices  in  the  field  of   ABA.    He  or  she  will  implement  the  treatment  plan  designed  by  the  Board  Certified   Behavior  Analyst  (BCBA)  and  communicate  with  the  parent  after  each  session  on   their  child’s  progress  as  well  as  challenges.    He  or  she  will  keep  updated  data  and   make  decisions  on  the  program  based  on  the  results  of  the  data.

• Who  provides  the  service?  

Jacob’s  Promise  employs  a  highly  qualified  staff  of  professionals  whose  passion  is  to   service  children  with  special  needs.    Staff  includes  Board  Certified  Behavior  Analysts   (BCBAs),  Board  Certified  Assistant  Behavior  Analysts  (BCaBAs)  and  Registered   Behavior  Technicians  (RBTs).

• How  do  I  get  started?  

If  you  feel  behavior  therapy  will  meet  your  child’s  needs:

1. Complete  the  Initial  Intake  Packet

2. Send  required  documents  needed  for  authorization.

3. After  authorization  is  received,  we  will  contact  you  to  schedule  assessments.

4. After  the  complete  assessment,  a  schedule  for  therapy  will  be  determined  with   the  behavior  analyst.

How  long  will  the  preauthorization  process  take?

Each  insurance  provider  has  a  different  turn  around  time.    On  average,  it  takes  3-­5   business  days.    In  some  cases  it  has  taken  up  to  2  weeks.

Where  are  you  located  and  what  areas  do  you  serve?  

We  have  an  office  in  Silver Spring, MD.  We  typically  services  families  within   a  20-­‐mile  radius,  which  includes  Maryland  and  DC.    We  offer  our  telehealth  family   training  for  all  locations  through  a  secured  website.    The  parent  must  request  for   telehealth  family  training  sessions.

Why  are  services  provided  in  the  home?  
The  home  is  considered  the  natural  environment.    Since  behaviors  occur  most   frequently  in  the  natural  environment,  it  is  best  to  provide  services  where  those   behaviors  are  most  occurring.    This  way,  the  behavior  analyst  is  able  to  gather   accurate  information  on  what  environmental  factors are contributing to the behaviors.