Keeping a small, close-knit team allows us to provide the highest quality of services to our clients. Each member of our team brings special talent and experiences to ensure we create a dynamic treatment plan for the whole family. We know that not one person has all the answers but as a team we can find a way to to break through the barriers that exist for our clients.
Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) have a minimum of five years experience treating children with autism and work directly with clients and their families in addition to supervising our behavior technicians on a weekly to bi-weekly basis. All of our behavior technicians must possess or be pursuing a bachelors or masters degree in an autism related field and have a minimum of two years' experience working with children or adults with ASD. In addition, all technicians must complete their Registered Behavior Technician certification when joining our team.
Amanda Parker, M.Ed, BCBA
Founder, Clinic Director, Behavior Analyst
Amanda began her career working in in-home based ABA programs in 1998. After seeing the success her clients were making she decided to pursue a masters degree in special education along with her BCBA and start one of the first Verbal Behavior based schools in the midwest. For over ten years Amanda successfully directed the school while researching scientifically based methods for treating children with ASD. In her research she discovered that there is no one size fits all approach to treating children with ASD and while ABA is the most researched treatment for autism, one must understand its many applications to develop the most comprehensive program.
After obtaining her BCBA in 2007, Amanda has continued her education by attending over 50 workshops and trainings on applications of ABA. In addition, she has received certifications in Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), Professional Crisis Management Instructor (PCM), Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and The Association Method.
Amanda has experience treating individuals aged 2 to adulthood and has consulted in a variety of settings including school districts, residential facilities, clinics and in-home programs. She frequently presents on ABA and its' applications throughout Illinois, Indiana and Georgia.
Alison Hanley, BCBA
Jessie Camp, BCBA
Supervising BCBA, Parent Training
Renee Carson, BCBA
Marybeth Lamoureux, BCBA
Joanna Ripstein, BCBA
Mary Lake, SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist
Mary has been working the field of autism and speech and language pathology since 2005. She has worked in homes through early intervention, clinics and in both therapeutic and public school settings. Early on in her career she felt underprepared to handle the many challenging behaviors that her clients with autism exhibited. Wanting to learn how to better reach these children, Mary pursued workshops and trainings and became aware of the many benefits of applied behavior analysis.
Mary found a school setting that implemented ABA in its early childhood classrooms and spent two years training an collaborating directly with a BCBA. During this time she incorporated more Verbal Behavior (VB) into her sessions and saw her skills as a speech therapist drastically improve. In addition, many of her students were able show substantial growth and transition into general education settings.
Mary is driven by the success she sees in her clients. She is passionate about incorporating PROMPT and the Cycle Approach along with ABA and VB into her speech sessions. She has attended several workshops and trainings on teaching communication skills to early learners with apraxia and in addition to being certified in ASHA, Mary is completing her coursework to sit for her BCBA exam.
Adrian Goad, BA
Case Manager, Behavior Analyst
Adrian began working with children with ASD in 2010 while working in a Verbal Behavior based ABA school. She joined CABS in 2012 and since then has been treating children in home, school and clinic settings. Adrian has treated children ages 2 to 12 with varying degrees of autism and appreciates how straightforward and fun our clients are to work with.
Adrian loves finding new ways to teach goals and keep learning fun. She is passionate about teaching a variety of skills including social skills, feeding, community awareness, school academics, and language. Adrian enjoys the diversity of the programs at CABS and that she is able to teach utilizing strategies from VB, PRT and PT.
Adrian graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a focus on children and family and has certificates in PCM, PECS, and Domestic Violence. Currently Adrian is completing her coursework for her BCaBA certification.
Training and Scheduling Coordinator
Jayme grew up seeing her cousin with autism overlooked because she didn't have the language to express herself to others. She saw her cousin's potential and wanted to be able to help her find the words to communicate how smart she really was. Jayme assisted in her cousins care and teaching her how to communicate throughout high school and after graduation continued to support other families who had children with ASD in the home environment.
Jayme has completed three years of her bachelors degree in elementary special education and has attended three summer institutes as a Golden Apple Scholar. Jayme has also completed her certification for Registered Behavior Technician. Jayme joined the CABS team in 2014 fell in love with how CABS utilizes the proven methods of ABA, but enough flexibility to make a custom treatment plan for each child. She enjoys teaching language skills the most. Jayme favorite part of her job is watching her clients' personalities blossom when they go from no language to full words are finally able to be understood.
Angelina Perdikaris, BS
Case Manager, Behavior Analyst
Angelina had her first experience teaching children with autism utilizing ABA and Verbal Behavior (VB) in 2010 and hasn't stopped since. She graduated from Augustan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology and is currently completing her thesis for her Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University.
Angelina has applied her knowledge of ABA and VB in home, school and clinic settings working with children and families ages 3-16. Angelina loves to see the changes within her clients and the impact ABA has on them and their families. She has a particular passion for teaching younger children to communicate using vocal speech and teaching new words and sounds as well as coaching parents on behavior strategies in the home and community environments.
Patty Smith, BA
Patty has worked with early learners with ASD for over five years in home, school, and clinic settings. She received her BA in Psychology in 2005 and later joined a school team which focused primarily on utilizing Verbal Behavior based ABA with non vocal learners. After seeing the progress her students were making Patty decided to move to a clinic setting where she would have the opportunity to reach more children and families. Patty is currently completing course work for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) from University of North Texas.
Katy Herman, BS
Case Manager, Behavior Analyst
Katy began working with children with autism when she joined the CABS team in 2008. Her passion for music and creativity was a natural fit for treating our clients and she quickly saw the impact she could have on children and their families by incorporating her talents into their programs. She has been most inspired by her nephew who was diagnosed with autism shortly after joining our team and knew working with children with ASD was meant to be.
Katy obtained her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and has utilized her knowledge of education and behavior analysis to treat children in home, school, and clinic based settings. In June of 2015, Katy will graduate with a masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis on Autism. She has worked with children ages 3 to 15 and particularly enjoys teaching social programs, play skills and communication skills.
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