Advanced Program for High-Functioning Individuals with ASD

Skills® Advanced Cognition is a web-based system for the design and implementation of advanced treatment or teaching plans using the research-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to guide higher-functioning individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder to reach their fullest potential.

Skills® Advanced Cognition allows high-functioning learners to achieve the following:

  • Improve social interactions: sustain and improve age-appropriate conversations
  • Become fully independent in all settings
  • Develop meaningful relationships and genuine friendships
  • Inhibit socially inappropriate behaviors: stereotypy, repetitive routines, emotional outbursts
  • Improve planning and organizational skills for all aspects of life, including educational and vocational
  • Enhance overall attention skills
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Social interactions and
relationship building, as well as social language skills and self-esteem.


Perspective-taking skills or "theory of Mind" (i.e., the ability to understand the mental states of oneself and others).

executive functions

Goal-oriented behavior and self-management, such as memory, attention, planning, and self-awareness, flexibility, and problem solving.


The ability to engage independently in daily living activities.


Skills® Advanced Cognition is intuitive and comprehensive, making it easy to create and implement effective, evidence-based treatment and teaching plans for every learner.


Start assessment

Answer a series of questions to identify the learner’s skills level.


Build a Treatment Plan

Based on the assessment, Skills® Advanced Cognition creates an individualized pool of activities. Add your desired activities to the treatment plan by checking the boxes. You are in control of designing the plan.


Start Treatment

Implement your plan and measure its effectiveness with extensive progress-tracking reports and graphs that are generated automatically.

Skills® Advanced Cognition for ABA Professionals

Skills® Advanced Cognition for ABA Professionals

Using Skills® Advanced Cognition, ABA professionals will achieve:

  • Better outcomes – Teach more abstract social behaviors and complex concepts
  • Efficiency – Spend significantly less time planning treatment and reporting progress
  • Consistency and quality of care – Create individualized and customizable evidence-based treatment plans
  • Treatment integrity – Ability to pinpoint core deficits in high-functioning individuals

The Skills® Advanced Cognition Difference

Provide consistent high-quality treatment

  • Lessons for advanced skills, including social cognition and executive functions for academic planning
  • Customizable plans and activities to cover a diverse range of needs
  • Direct links from assessment to lessons, ensuring no deficits are overlooked
  • Sharing capability, enabling collaboration among an individual’s entire treatment team

Demonstrate meaningful progress to clients and insurance organizations

  • Instantly accessible reports, charts, and graphs for progress tracking
  • Lessons and activities based on decades of research and evidence

Maximize supervision and therapy time

  • Automatically-generated progress reports and graphs for every lesson
  • Treatment plan fully integrated with electronic data collection tool
  • Age-appropriate assessment and plans that advance with the individual each year
  • Skills® BIP Builder to efficiently design effective Behavior Intervention Plans for maladaptive behavior
  • Multiple clients on a single platform, enabling easy file access and better organization
  • Smart search to find appropriate lessons quickly to fit each client’s needs

Skills® Advanced Cognition for Educators

Skills® Advanced Cognition for Educators

Using Skills® Advanced Cognition, educators will realize:

  • Less time redirecting attention to task – more time teaching
  • Reduction in managing inappropriate behaviors
  • Enhanced focus on curriculum – rather than helping student organize materials
  • Fewer social conflicts
  • Compliance with least restrictive environment
  • Expedited IEP process with pre-established goals per skills area

Why Skills® Advanced Cognition

Improved learning outcomes

  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration for more cohesive teaching plans
  • Acquired skills from basic to advanced – reproduced outside the classroom
  • Comprehensive, scientifically validated assessment tools
  • Skills® BIP Builder for overcoming difficult behavior

Data driven and compliant

  • Research-based curricula aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • IEP goals and benchmarks included with each lesson
  • Assessment results linked directly to tailored lesson plans

Increased efficiency

  • A single platform for multiple students, so educators can stay organized
  • Instantly available reports and charts for evaluation and progress tracking
  • Teaching plans advance with each student every year

Skills® Advanced Cognition for Parents

Skills® Advanced Cognition for Parents

Using Skills® Advanced Cognition, parents will observe:

  • Fewer conflicts
  • Improved understanding of your child
  • Better interactions with siblings
  • Decreased child dependency
  • Maximization of your child’s potential

When to Use Skills® Advanced Cognition

Use Skills® Advanced Cognition if your child presents most of the following:

  • Diagnosed as high-functioning within the Autism Spectrum (also formerly known as Asperger’s)
  • Difficulty understanding social rules
  • Inability to understand and use sarcasm, irony, and humor
  • Social awkwardness and challenges sustaining conversations
  • Lack of empathy
  • Difficulty understanding complex concepts
  • Obsessive interest in a particular subject

Research on
Skills® and ABA

The strategies in the Skills® curriculum are grounded on over 40 years of research on the use of ABA-based procedures for teaching skills to individuals with autism. The Skills® assessment has been shown to have excellent validity (Persicke et al., 2014) and the language subscale to have excellent reliability (Dixon, Tarbox, Najdowski, Wilke, & Granpeesheh, 2011).