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About Beyond the BASICS

At Beyond the BASICS, we are dedicated to providing behavior analytic services in a manner that is trauma-formed and kind through education and direct therapy while ensuring we are always innovative, ethical, and excellent. 



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Saundra Presenting

Saundra Bishop,


Founder, CEO & Clinical Director

Saundra Bishop, MS, BCBA, LBA, CCTP is the founder, CEO, and Clinical Director of BASICS  ABA Therapy. She is also President of DC ABA. She has over 20 years of experience working in Applied Behavior Analysis and with people with Autism/Autistic people and has been a BCBA for 13 years. She is especially passionate about Trauma-Informed Behavior Management and models that focus on self advocacy rather than compliance. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and also certified to give trainings that qualify for Type-2 CEUs, DCPS CEUs, and CFSA foster parent hours. She has written a handbook called The Trauma Informed Behavior Management Handbook that walks providers through the steps of creating a trauma informed treatment plan. She was a foster parent for 7 years and has 4 children with and without special needs (3 who are adopted). She loves competitive storytelling and bike riding.

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An interactive manual for Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), school psychologists, and anyone who writes behavior plans for trauma-exposed populations

Trauma Informed Clinical Series

Our Trauma Informed Behavior Clinical Series 4 Week Course, Hosted By Saundra Bishop, Is Designed To Help You Create A Treatment Plan For A Client On Your Caseload.

What is ABA?

Created by SYEP Interns*

*BASICS is supporting the Summer Youth Employment Program which gives DC Youth the opportunity to work paid internships throughout DC. We have a Social Media Program and an ABA training program! Check out what the Social Media teens created!*

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ABA Services

Interested in ABA Services? Visit our sister company,

BASICS ABA Therapy for more information


What People Are Saying About Saundra

Natalie D.

“I work with adult survivors of acquired brain injuries and other significant challenges in the group home setting and the topic was incredibly relevant. Saundra's presentation focused on the bridge between humanistic language and technical behavior analytic language when discussing trauma. I love presentations that are informative, behavior analytic, and accessible!"

Rebecca B.

“Her training was hard to listen to in the best way. My training was so hardcore Lovaas and it took me YEARS to realize how wrong those practices were. I was young and I would like to say I have made changes. It's hard. I am beyond thankful for individuals like you who are advocating for our clients and our science. Thank you!”

Rodney F.

“I have sought out many talks on trauma informed care, and Saundra's explained this in a way i have never heard before - and in a way i can apply to the work i do daily and immediately. thank you for doing this talk. so many people need to hear this.”

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