We are behavior change experts. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy) is the gold standard of care for children with developmental delays.

At Lotus we focus on improving language, communication and play skills in a way that really makes a difference in a child’s overall quality of life. We conduct assessments and interventions across Miami and Broward that are designed to meet the individual needs of the children and families we service. By using scientifically proven techniques, ABA therapy results in lasting behavior changes.

Early intervention goals typically focus on teaching a child how to learn, while more advanced skills relate to community functioning and academic success. Please see below for additional information regarding some of the behaviors that are typically targeted for either acquisition or reduction in children diagnosed with autism.

ABA Therapy increases your child's adaptive behavior while simultaneously decreasing their maladaptive behavior in ways that are meaningful to you


Newly diagnosed children with autism often need to work on simple life skills before they move on to more advanced ones.

These early intervention skills are important because they help your child to learn in a more efficient and effective way. Some early learner skills that children with autism often lack include making eye contact, imitating, following instructions, requesting, and pointing. These goals are actively targeted during ABA therapy. Once these  skills are learned, your child will be well on their way to achieving their fullest developmental potentials.

Young children learn best through play, and children with autism are no different. Our team of ABA therapy professionals target the core deficits of autism by mixing research based interventions with fun. Letting the child lead can be an important part of a successful ABA intervention for a young child whose attention deficits may compete with learning. By incorporating their favorite toys and activities into the ABA therapy session, your child will learn a variety of foundational skills in a fun environment.



Karelix Alicea


Founder / President of Lotus Behavioral Interventions

Miss Alicea received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis under the direction of the esteemed Dr. Jacob L. Gewirtz at Florida International University (FIU), and is currently in the process of completing an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University.

Following a period of almost 10 years of experience in the field, she founded Lotus Behavioral Interventions in 2009. Miss Alicea taught undergraduate-level behavior analysis coursework for several years at FIU and Carlos Albizu University, and is a graduate-level intensive practicum supervisor at Simmons College, Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and University of South Florida (USF), all of which are Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) accredited programs.

She has presented on the benefits of sign language and telehealth services for children with autism in addition to ethical service delivery, supervision and entrepreneurship at various professional conferences, including the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) and ABAI.

Miss Alicea is an active member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and can render services in English, Spanish, American Sign Language (ASL) both face-to-face and via telehealth with the use of HIPAA-compliant technology.