Welcome to Carolina Coast Behavioral Services, LLC!

We develop and implement unique programs for social, language, academic, self-help, motor, and related skills. 

Description of Services


Dr. Doughty and her team have experience working with individuals with special needs
across the life span: toddlers, elementary-age children, adolescents, adults, and the
elderly. The principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) are used apply to each of
these groups. Dr. Doughty and colleagues have conducted and published research in
premier behavior analysis journals with these populations. Research and clinical interests
include problem behavior such as aggression, self-injury, oppositional behavior, and self-
stimulatory behavior, as well as skill acquisition, fluency, and task generalization.

Dr. Doughty herself works as a consultant and supervisor and has a team of qualified
consultants, lead therapists, and line therapists.

Dr. Doughty directly trains and supervises all lead therapists and board certified
consultants to provide the best services possible.

CCBS is an approved BabyNet, Medicaid waiver (PDD Waiver and ID/MR Waiver), and
Tricare provider. We are in-network for a number of private insurances and add more as
the need arises with clients (e.g., BCBS and BCBS-SC/CBA, UBH, United, Aetna). We
is willing to contract privately with families, schools, and local disability boards. Her
services may be covered by private insurance under Ryan’s law (contact your insurance
company for more information).

The individuals served by CCBS have a wide-range of diagnoses.
Some of the children (elementary-age) have no intellectual disabilities
and, in some cases, no diagnosed condition, but may be described
as “inattentive,” “oppostional,” “defiant,” “unmotivated,” or have “sensory,” “anger-
management,” or “emotional” issues. We work closely with parents of these special-
needs and typically developing children to teach behavior management skills.

We recognize each person as an individual and get to know the individual through an
assessment period prior to making recommendations.

We are very committed to using evidence-based practices and will provide feedback
about current programming already in place. We can maintain the successful aspects of
any existing programming while recommending needed changes.

We will provide most of the services in the natural environment (e.g., home, school)
in all of Charleston County, as well as parts of Dorchester and Berkeley Counties (and
sometimes beyond).




1st: Assessment.

Whether problem behavior reduction, skill training, or language acquisition is

desired, a measure of baseline is needed. Baseline is a measurement of what the current level of

behavior is. Wherever possible, the function of the behavior and/or the reason for the skill deficit

is determined. By measuring baseline and determining the function of the behavior, an individual

treatment program can be developed. During baseline data collection, you may see me do things

that do not necessarily help the behavior or may even make it worse. The purpose is to determine

the conditions under which the behavior occurs. During skill or language training, baseline is

collected to help the learner begin at a comfortable, individualized level to both avoid frustration

and not to re-teach skills already known. Then small steps are developed to reach a larger goal.

2nd: Treatment.

Based on the results of the assessment, an individualized treatment is developed.

Your consultant may practice/demonstrate the treatment. Your therapists will carry it out and

encourage growth, while troubleshooting problems with the consultant and rest of the team.

Treatment may be brief or ongoing, depending on the nature of the problem. Families and other

caregivers are trained.

3rd: Generalization and follow-up.

Generalization refers to exhibiting the new behavior under

different conditions to ensure that the behavior change truly is mastered, and the learning

acquired is functional. Learned skills are developed and combined. At some point, we will

decide not to work with one another as frequently, hopefully because such intensive services no

longer are needed. At this point, follow-up may be scheduled, your team will fade out gradually

with success, and we will ultimately be in contact via occasional follow-up meetings, phone

calls, or email, in case questions or problems arise. This schedule will be determined by your

need and the end of services will be the result of mutual agreement.

P.O. Box 80901
Charleston, SC 29416
phone: 843-259-8853; fax: 888-808-4249
email: shannon.doughty@ccbs-sc.com