About Us

Optimized Autism Interventions (OAI) was founded by Audrey Gifford, Ph.D. BCBA-D, (Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral) in 2016 to bring high quality applied behavior analysis (ABA) interventions to children with autism in Tolland and the surrounding areas. We have been recognized for the last two years for Outstanding Service Delivery in Applied Behavior Analysis by the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.

Dr. Gifford serves as our Senior Clinical Program Director, and personally sees every client regularly throughout the course of their programs. In addition to Dr. Gifford, Dawn Norris, BCBA, serves as a Clinical Program Director. Two additional BCBA candidates currently serve our clients as interns, and all our direct care staff must meet the training and experience requirements to be recognized as Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. All of our ABA programs are uniquely designed to fit each child’s individual abilities and deficits. No two children will have exactly the same program, though all of our programs use exclusively ABA techniques. We never use a “one-size fits-all” treatment protocol.

At OAI, we measure our success by the gains made by the children we serve. We combine the latest research and decades of high quality ABA experience of our supervisory staff to make each child’s program as effective as possible.

OAI very much appreciates the trust families place in us to treat their child’s autism. Parents are crucial partners in every aspect of each program. We are honored to be part of your child’s life, and we are committed to providing the very best therapy to help your child reach his or her full potential.