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Haley has spent 6 years working with children, and 3 years working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is because she believes that everyone is entitled to acquiring the skills and ability to engage with their lives and those important to them to the greatest capacity possible. Haley's enthusiasm for the field has allowed her to deliver ABA services in a variety of environments. She began her career working in group homes with adults with traumatic brain injuries. She then began working in Short-Term Stabilization Homes for adults with disabilities. Following this, she became a clinical supervisor for an institute-run clinic for children with disabilities and delays. She has also contacted experience working as a direct therapist for children with disabilities within a clinical setting. The successes from within the clinic that have impacted her clients', as well as their families, proves to Haley that her work has a meaningful impact within her community. Haley is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Utah. She holds a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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James has spent 14 years working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is because he believes that everyone deserves a functional life and the ability to experience all that this world has to offer. James’ passion for this work has allowed him to implement ABA services in various settings. He began his career working in group homes for over 6 years. He also spent 4 years teaching special education classes with an emphasis in social and behavioral skills, and became a behavior specialist/BCBA for a large school district. This was followed by working for a local IDD authority in group homes, day habilitation centers, private homes, and nursing facilities. James has experience working as a therapist and a behavior analyst in clinics and in homes. He knows that the work he has devoted his life to matters because he has seen the transformation in the lives of the individuals he has worked with, as well as their families. James is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Utah. He holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Texas Tech University.
Krystal has been with Autism Solutions since 2016. She adores getting to work with children and using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her journey toward becoming a BCBA started in 2004 on the North Shore of Oahu. While working toward her undergraduate degree she began working with children with autism and other disabilities as a behavior technician in homes, schools, and the community. After seeing the progress her clients made with ABA, she decided to seek further professional development in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. After earning her Bachelor's of Science Degree at Brigham Young University-Hawaii she continued to pursue higher education and earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Phoenix and went on to complete a 2-year board certification program from the Florida Institute of Technology and has loved being a BCBA ever since.
Melissa Rogers has always had a passion for education and child psychology. She began her career at a non-profit that partnered with preschools in underserved neighborhoods. After graduating from The University of California, Irvine with a degree in Psychology and minor in Education, Melissa began her work in ABA where she was trained in pivotal response therapy, a play based method. She immediately fell in love! She was able to target meaningful skills while having fun. After moving to Utah in 2014, Melissa began working for Autism Solutions as a behavior technician. Eager to expand her skills, Melissa pursued her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University. Melissa graduated and passed her BCBA exam in 2017 and has been practicing since. Melissa is passionate about continuing education and developing her skills as a behavior analyst. Most recently, she attended training for the Picture Exchange Communication System. She is passionate about distilling knowledge and helping uplift and support other professionals. Melissa is most excited about her newest role as a lead Supervisor as she is able to help potential BCBAs develop the necessary skills to become ethical and effective practitioners. Melissa emphasizes communication and empowerment in her practice. Her goal is to amplify her clients' voices so that they can meet their needs and live happy, fulfilled lives.
While studying communication disorders at Brigham Young University, Morgan Starkie found her passion in facilitating communication between parents and children. Before finishing her degree in 2018, she began working as a Registered Behavior Therapist where she learned the importance of helping children communicate, listening to her client’s needs, and celebrating milestones along the way. Her meaningful experiences influenced her to pursue a graduate degree in Advanced Behavior Analysis. While studying, she learned how to hone her skills to better understand behavior functions, how the functions affect communication, and implementing effective behavior plans. After graduating in 2019 from Ball State University, she passed her board certification exam to become a practicing BCBA. Her experiences as an RBT and desire to help gives her a unique perspective to meet the client’s needs.
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Luisa Mercedes Shumway is a licensed and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), as well as a special education teacher. Since 2005 she has worked with children with special needs and Autism, first in Lima, Peru, and now in the state of Utah. She specializes in young children who have developmental delays. She also works with children who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, and Autism. Her particular interest is to serve these children and their families with a comprehensive and tailored treatment plan, showing empathy, kindness and a genuine caring for all of her clients.
She holds a BS in Special Education from the Women’s Sacred Heart University in Lima, Peru as well as a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University in San Diego, California. She has a unique background, first as an in-classroom special needs teacher for children with intellectual disabilities, as well as an experienced lead of a multi-disciplinary program, coordinating with speech therapists, occupation therapists and psychologists to deliver a comprehensive treatment plan for her clients.
She is also a certified yoga teacher for both children & adults, using yoga to teach children to be mindful of their thoughts, feelings & actions. Above all, she loves her job as a BCBA and is passionate about seeing her clients progress and thrive.