The Cardinal Center for Behavior Analysis

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Changing Lives Through ABA Therapy

An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis can be life-changing, but your child is still your child — they just might need a little more help navigating their environment than other children do. We want to provide that help, and to teach you the tools you need to help your entire family succeed.

At the Cardinal Center for Behavior Analysis, our goal is to create a positive and engaging learning environment for children with autism. Our highly trained and experienced professionals create individualized programs using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to figure out what motivates your child, so we can reinforce positive behaviors and isolate negative behaviors to help your child reach their full potential.

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy

Autism is a spectrum, and no two children with ASD are the same. Each one-on-one therapy session with our Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) is tailored to your child’s individual needs and your family’s specific goals by an experienced Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Group therapy encourages your child to engage with a group of 3-6 of their peers in age-appropriate activities. During group therapy, each individual child is guided by a dedicated RBT to help target specific social, play, and communication skills.
Academic Classrom

Academic Classroom

Our Academic Classroom Program is an effective way to prepare children aged 3-12 to integrate into a general education and public-school setting. Each plan is personalized to account for your child’s individual and age-appropriate needs.

A team of Specialists Who Care

Lindsay Watkins, Director of Strategic Operations

Lindsay Watkins

Lindsay Watkins is our Director of Strategic Operations and has been a BCBA at Cardinal since 2020. Lindsay attended Arizona State university for her Master’s program in ABA and Hope College for her undergraduate program in special education. Previously, she worked with the Autism Society of North Carolina as a Registered Behavior Technician and Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools as a special education teacher.
Ashley Brightwell, Clinic Director

Ashley Brightwell

Ashley Brightwell has worked with children with autism for the past seven years. Ashley co-founded The Cardinal Center for Behavior Analysis first as a behavior technician and then as a BCBA, and as our Clinic Director, she oversees staff, clients, and clinic operations.

Parent Resources

What sets us apart is the level of communication, collaboration, and programming we offer to support both your child and your family as a whole, helping you navigate everything from classroom transitions and relationships with other behavioral health professionals. Additional resources include:

autism treatment
pediatric psychiatrists

Provider Resources

We collaborate with local developmental psychologists, pediatric psychiatrists, and other specialists. Please fill out our referral form to refer a patient to the Cardinal Center.

Serving Raleigh, Durham,
Chapel Hill, and Cary, NC

We are proud to serve the greater Research Triangle area, including Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, from our location in Cary.


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