Let me introduce myself....
Supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities has been my professional privilege and passion for twenty-five years. As the treatment supervisor for a non-profit organization in NW Montana, I pioneered the implementation of evidence-based treatment for young children with autism spectrum disorders in a rural, sparsely populated state. I've successfully designed, implemented, and supervised, home, center, community, and school based interventions for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. My 25 years of experience includes parent education, developing functional communication systems including the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), treating challenging behavior using positive behavior supports and functional behavior assessment, structuring environments for child success, and facilitating social thinking groups. I've worked with parents, teachers, school psychologists, speech therapists, early interventionists, and other providers of developmental disability services to improve outcomes for children and young adults with unique learning needs. I pride myself on my ability to create effective, individualized plans for children of all ages along with heartfelt and meaningful connections with each of their families.
What is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)?
BCBA stands for Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a professional who has completed rigorous coursework and passed the national exam set forth by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). BCBAs carry at least a Masters Degree, have accomplished at least 225 hours of additional coursework, and must meet all other legal and professional guidelines in accordance with the BACB's national standards. Certification is maintained through continuing education requirements grounded in clinical and ethical practice. BCBAs are highly skilled clinicians that are trained in the field of behavioral science as supported by over fifty years of empirical research.
Utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), BCBAs work as part of a team to provide expertise in understanding why behaviors occur, design and implement strategies to reduce undesirable behaviors and promote positive social development and skill acquisition. Recognizing the unique needs of differently-abled learners, BCBAs capitalize on the strengths and interests of each person,
The elevator to success is not running; you must climb the stairs. ~Zig Ziglar