I was fortunate to move to Summit County CO where I taught Special Education for 10 years. My passion for helping children adapt to their unique learning situations lead me to gain a master’s degree from Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism. As a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA), I specialize in teaching research-based early interventions to children ages 0 – 8 with developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, and neurodiversity including Autism Spectrum Disorder. With my Early Childcare Director’s background, I am committed to developing relationships and help connect family units to the resources, activities, and experiences we are fortunate to have in the high Rockies of Colorado. In my spare time, I love playing outdoors with my family. I firmly believe that parent, school, and community partnership are critical to maintaining meaningful learning experiences that enhance academic, social, and behavioral confidence.
Applied Behavior Analysis is a functional-based approach to analyzing, modifying, and teaching new skill sets. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), I use a naturalistic approach by taking the child’s lead in constructing natural reinforcement and consequences to address the function of behavior, meanwhile teaching alternative behaviors that serve to fulfill the same purpose. Within a treatment package, I work alongside families to facilitate research-based interventions across settings to increase the quality of life for youth in our community.
ABA therapy integrates emotional regulation through Acceptance and Commitment, as well as social skills training to enhance Theory of Mind and Central Coherence. Ongoing assessments and evaluations drive data-based decisions regarding goals to increase functional communication, independence, behavior, and adaptive skills. My mission is to increase opportunities for children by maintaining meaningful experiences that enhance social-emotional well-being.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy): Comprehensive treatment planning based on ongoing assessment and evaluation to address increasing adaptive skills and decrease challenging behaviors. ABA therapy is a research-based intervention for individuals with Autism and developmental delays that involves the direct teaching and training of care providers as a cohesive partnership. Appropriate for individuals with behavioral, social, and communication challenges.
Functional / Academic Skills Training: Individually designed instruction of target skills to increase access to the community and environment. Appropriate for individuals seeking academic, social, and independent skill acquisition, including ADHD and learning disabilities.
School Collaboration: Linking home, school, and community through coaching, consultation, and training in order to gain a deeper understanding of neurodiversity and best practices for behavioral interventions. Appropriate for early learning centers, instructional institutions, and IEP / IFSP teams.
Supervision: For individuals pursuing BCBA, BCaBA, or RBT certifications. Collaboration with service providers including Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Counselors to provide the most effective outcome.