On Target ABA is an autism therapy organization, providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children with ASD diagnoses.
We are made up of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), and behavior therapists who are committed to helping our clients develop to their maximum potential while providing them with a fun and motivating environment.
We provide center and home-based ABA therapy in the Greater Cleveland and Columbus areas.
We put a special emphasis on Verbal Behavior (VB), focusing on language, communication, and social and play skills. Our highly trained staff has seen tremendous results and successes in helping our clients gain the skills they need for life.
At On Target ABA we know how vital these childhood years are for the development of children with autism. Our team of dedicated and highly trained BCBAs, RBTs and behavior therapists give it our all to make sure that your child is unlocking their full potential. This is all done under the guidance of our founder and director, Ilana Gross, MS, BCBA, COBA.
The On Target ABA autism therapy group was founded and is directed by Ilana Gross, MS, BCBA, COBA
Ilana received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Touro College in Brooklyn, NY and went on to earn a dual Master’s in Education and Special Education from Mercy College in Yonkers, NY.
She has an advanced certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology. Ilana is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has over a decade of experience in Special Education and ABA.
She has advanced training and vast experience in Early Intervention, Verbal Behavior, Natural Environment Teaching (NET) and Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA).
Growing up, Ilana had an uncle who had severe communication deficits only having a repertoire of 5 words. His frustration at being unable to express himself would cause him great distress, and he would often throw himself to the floor or display other maladaptive behaviors. If he was growing up today he would probably have gotten an autism diagnosis and could have been helped greatly by ABA. Unfortunately he grew up at a time when ABA therapy wasn’t yet a common approach to helping such individuals.
As a teenager Ilana would often play with a neighborhood friend who had developmental delays. This girl’s older sister was a talented BCBA and Ilana was amazed as she watched the sister use ABA methods to help this girl tremendously.
Later as a teacher in a special education school, Ilana witnessed on a daily basis how BCBAs helped children with autism develop beautifully, and she decided to become one herself.
Ilana often reflects on the contrast between her uncle and the children who are getting helped through ABA therapy. She understands how important her work is to these children’s lives and she is both grateful for and humbled by the tremendous successes she has witnessed throughout her career, especially in areas of communication, social skills and daily living skills.
Besides these life experiences and her ample training and education, Ilana is also a wife and a mother of 4 young children. She is able to view her clients as children and also understands a parent’s perspective. Her mother’s touch assists her in training her teams and setting up ABA programs that the children can enjoy and thrive on.