Welcome to
Optimized Autism

Science, Compasssion, Results


EIBI: Early Intensive
Behavioral Intervention

Functional Adaptive &
Social Skills Programs

What is ABA

Learning With Other Children

Parent Coaching

Quality ABA is Fun!

Quality ABA is fun! A child should be actively engaged and happy during ABA sessions. Every few minutes a child may be part of a game of “chase me”, or popping bubbles, or playing with toy trains. Click the link to see what ABA can and should look like.

*All adults in videos on this website are real Optimized Autism Interventions (OAI)  therapists using actual ABA techniques. In order to protect the privacy of our clients, children depicted in these videos do not have a diagnosis of autism.

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.


At OAI, we are proud to offer high quality ABA therapy to children in the Tolland and Hartford county areas. We offer both in-home and clinic based therapy, as well as cutting edge social skills teaching in the natural environment with typically developing peers. Interested parents and referring professionals in our service area may call for a free initial consultation to learn more about what we can offer, as well as following the link for more information.

For Parents

For Referring Professionals