At Colorado Behavior and Learning Group, we take great strides to provide you and your child nothing but the highest level of ABA Therapy in Colorado Springs, CO. We treat a broad range of behavior and learning conditions. Learn more about our ABA Therapy Center Accreditation along with our Core Values, Treatment Approach, and Vision Statement:
And if you’re looking for a rewarding career in ABA Therapy, we’d love to have you apply now to join our team!:
Meet our wonderful team of ABA therapists and staff now …
Our ABA Therapists
ELIZABETH OSTENDORF, M.ED., BCBA
Chief Executive Officer and Owner
SARAH REIMONDO, M.ED, BCBA
Senior BCBA, Director of Operations
KATHERINE DONAHOE, MS, BCBA
Director of Clinical Services
Director of Quality Assurance
SHEENA G. SCHULTZ, MS, BCBA
KATHY CAHILL, M.A., BCBA
Senior BCBA, La Salle Center Coordinator
BROOK CRAIG, M.ED., BCBA
Senior BCBA, Galley Center Coordinator
PATRICK GRAY, MA, CAS, BCBA
Senior BCBA, Licensed School Psychologist, Coordinator of School Based Services
ASHLEY PABON, M.ED., BCBA
Senior BCBA, Academy Center Supervisor
MICHELL SUKTA, MA, BCBA
Senior BCBA, La Salle Center Supervisor
MARNY SCALARD, M.A., BCBA
BCBA In Home/La Salle Supervisor
JON MAYER, M.Ed., BCBA
Supervisor, Galley Center
ELAINNA MILLS, BCBA
Supervisor, Academy Center
GIAGI DOWELL, BCBA
MADDIE FREMION, BCBA
KEIRSTEN FOWLER, ED.S, BCBA
In Home Supervisor
CHASITY LAWRENCE, MS, BCBA
In Home Supervisor
ARIANA BALDEVIA, MS, BCBA
LINDSAY MORRIS, M.ED., BCBA
In Home Supervisor
KRISTOPHER BECK, MS, BCBA
STEPH MEDINA, M.S., QASP-S
QASP-S Clinical Assistant at Galley
KATHRYN DEBLOCK, MA, QASP-S
Resident Supervisor for Academy Center
Clinical Assistant in Home / School Based
HALLE TEETER CAMPBELL
Resident Supervisor In Home and Galley
What Does an ABA Therapist Do?
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is centered around a scientific approach to behavior and behavior modification for children and adults struggling with a wide variety of issues and disorders. The goal of ABA therapy is to help your child understand certain negative behaviors and modify them in order to have a more positive life. The end result is to create better social interactions, stronger learning skills, and better coping mechanisms for your child. Most ABA therapists go into the specific field because they feel a call to help others.
The main role of an ABA therapist is to uniquely assess your child’s behavior, patterns, and ways they interact in their daily environments. The first step for an ABA therapist is to assess your child on a one-on-one level to analyze areas where they are struggling with behavior. These areas of focus are usually guided in advance by speaking to parents and caregivers that have noticed this behavior. From there, they map out a tailored plan that will guide your child to develop new habits and behavior to replace former negative behaviors. They do this through a series of activities done in therapy sessions with your child. These activities work toward accomplishing goals with a series of mini-steps.
One of the key tools for ABA therapy is positive reinforcement. By showing your child reinforcement through things like praise, access to toys, or treating them to enjoyed activities, your child is empowered to use these learned behaviors outside of therapy sessions to help them live successfully. There are currently over 33.6 thousand ABA therapists in the U.S.
What Training Is Required to Be an ABA Therapist?
Training to become an applied behavior analyst therapist requires extensive and focused training. ABA therapists go through advanced education in all areas of psychology before they focus on applied behavior analysis. It typically takes six to eight years to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
The first step in becoming an applied behavior analysis therapist is to earn a master’s degree or higher in applied behavior analysis, psychology, or education. The therapist’s program of choice needs to include a Verified Course Sequence (or VCS). This is a set of courses laid out and verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. During this period in their education, an ABA therapist also has to meet rigorous standards of course requirements, content standards, and hands-on training. Finally, they have to earn their BCBA certification to officially become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Who Should See an ABA Therapist?
Your child can benefit from ABA therapy if they are struggling with a wide range of behaviors that are noticeable affecting social skills, communication, or learning skills. Because ABA therapy is focused on behavior, there is a very wide variety of issues that can be helped through this specialized therapy. For example, ABA therapists work with children facing things like autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, childhood traumatic stress, and many more.
If you believe your child is struggling with behavior-related issues and you see it noticeable affecting them in a negative way, they likely will benefit from ABA therapy.