If you are looking for a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with training in Applied Behavior Analysis who specializes in working with children with autism and other developmental delays, you've come to the right place.
I have worked with children ages 15 months to 17 years. I have also helped train ABA providers, teachers, parents and other caregivers in the techniques and principles of ABA.
Please contact me if you are located in Anchorage or the surrounding areas. I am also available to travel within the state for consultative services.
I earned my Masters degree in Applied Behavior Science at the University of Kansas in August 2007 and completed my Doctorate in Behavioral Psychology in May 2010. My interests focus on early intensive intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and structuring classrooms for student success. I have participated in federally funded grants implementing School-wide Positive Behavior Supports in public schools and training parents of children with Autism using online and video-conferencing technologies.
I began working with children with autism in 2003. I have coordinated both center-based and in-home programs. My philosophy is that if a child isn't making progress, I haven't found the best way to teach that child yet. Therefore, I must change my behavior to help the child learn. My other goal is to make learning fun so that children want to learn.
I am the president of Good Behavior Beginnings, LLC, a company designed to provide ABA services to the community. Please contact me if you are interested in services.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
Applied Behavior Analysis is the study of behavior in applied settings. What that means is that Behavior Analysts look for the causes of behavior within the natural environment. We then use that knowledge to change the environment to support appropriate behaviors and decrease inappropriate behaviors. For children with autism, this involves identifying reinforcers and breaking complex skills down to simpler steps. For disruptive behaviors, appropriate alternative behaviors are taught.
What is Autism?
Autism is a clustering of abnormalities in three domains: communication, socialization, and behavior. Professionals look for excesses and deficits within these domains. With Applied Behavior Analysis ABA, we teach children with autism the appropriate behaviors that occur too little and teach appropriate rates for behaviors that occur too much.