Asha Bhakta, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a leading behavioral specialist in the Southern California area. For the past 16 years, she has devoted her career to providing caring and compassionate support to families with children diagnosed with autistic spectrum/pervasive developmental disorders. Before founding Creative Solutions for Hope (CS4H) in Costa Mesa, Bhakta was a therapist and case supervisor from 1997 until 2005.
Bhakta specializes in applied behavioral analysis (ABA), which focuses on the factors and principles that promote learning and emphasizes the importance of using these principles in a person’s own environment to bring about meaningful positive changes in behavior. ABA has a long and successful history of helping people with autism and other disorders learn to adapt and live happy and productive lives within their communities. The techniques are widely used to help individuals develop complex interpersonal skills such as considering and understanding other people’s perspectives, as well as basic skills such as listening and emulation.
Since founding CS4H in 2006, Bhakta has been dedicated to providing families with supportive and innovative strategies to help children with a variety of special needs improve their day-to-day lives and become happier, more self-confident individuals. Bhakta is skilled in applying the principles and techniques of ABA to create individualized programs of instruction and guidance aimed at benefiting children with developmental and learning disabilities, behavior problems, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders.
As founder and managing director of Creative Solutions for Hope, Bhakta seeks to create an environment where each child has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential without fear of criticism or denigration. Her ultimate aim is to ensure that every program developed and supervised by the center’s staff is as unique as the individual child, and is focused on establishing trust and building self-esteem. By emphasizing a proactive approach to learning, Bhakta employs behavior management strategies to affect positive change and to help children successfully participate in the spontaneous peer interactions that can lead to a healthy, happy life.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine, Bhakta completed a Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada before earning Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA) certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), a nonprofit group dedicated to providing and maintaining credentialing for behavior analysts. In 2013, Bhakta received her Ph. D. in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles campus. She is also the mother of three young children.