The mission of BTS is to better
the lives of children with developmental delays and behavior issues throughout Cleveland's Westside. Our mission is accomplished by providing both
high-quality individualized instruction and small-group Social Skills intervention to children with delays (with or without a diagnosis), and by training the parents and professionals who
facilitate their learning. Evidence-based practices are used by our clinicians in a fun, proactive learning environment.
Our staff provides proactive solutions to skill deficits and problem
behaviors in order to maintain high levels of motivation in our students. Naturalistic ABA is used when repetition is needed. For our short-term behavior consultation families, our staff conducts an
observation and indirect assessment of the student, and then helps the parents and/or teacher think about new approaches to treat the reported concerns.
Breakthrough Therapy Services, LLC (formerly Behavior Consulting
Services) was founded in 2013 by Christine Jurik, M.A., BCBA, COBA, a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Since 1999, she has worked as a Behavior
Therapist for children and adolescents with various developmental delays. Her vast clinical experiences at the Cleveland Clinic, Bellefaire JCB's Monarch
School, WMU Center for Autism in Michigan, UW Autism Center in Seattle, and Cornerstone Therapies in California have resulted in
extensive training with well-renowned clinical psychologists and behavior analysts.
BTS's Founder/Director has co-published articles with lead Behavior Analysis researchers Jim Carr and Linda LeBlanc, and worked full-time with Sally
Rogers and Geraldine Dawson as a Research Scientist & Lead Clinician on the NIMH-funded study "Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism". This
two-year study was funded by a grant awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Studies to Advance Autism Research & Treatment. The ESDM is now a published curriculum and
evidenced-based treatment methodology for toddlers and preschoolers.
Click the links below to read more about our director's research & publications: