Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services

ABA is an evidence-based intervention that focuses on teaching communication, social skills, and self-care as well as addressing challenging behavior in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Comprehensive Early Intervention Program

ABA services are part of a comprehensive early intervention program. Research shows that early diagnosis of ASD and intensive early intervention can have major long-term positive effects on child development. In this period, a young child’s brain is still forming, meaning it is more “plastic” or changeable than at older ages.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) works with children and families to develop individualized treatment plans to address skill deficits, communication needs, and challenging behavior.

Caregiver Training

Caregiver training is an integral part of ABA service, in which parents and other individuals are involved in therapy. ABA is delivered using the principles of Functional Communication Training, Functional Behavior Assessment, and Natural Environment Teaching. ABA services will be offer in the home, clinic, and community setting.

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Skilled intervention techniques

Individual Psychotherapy

Psychologists and counselors provide ongoing therapy services to preschoolers through young adults to address concerns related to mood, behavior, and social skills. In children and adolescents, playing, drawing, building, and pretending, as well as talking, are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems.

Parent training

Parent training, is a family of treatment programs that aims to change parenting behaviors, teaching parents positive reinforcement methods for improving pre-school and school-age children’s behavior problems (such as aggression, hyperactivity, temper tantrums, and difficulty following directions). Treatment focuses on parents learning to provide positive reinforcement, such as praise and rewards, for children’s appropriate behaviors while setting proper limits, using methods such as removing attention for inappropriate behaviors.

Group therapy

Social skills are the tools that enable people to communicate, learn, ask for help, get needs met in appropriate ways, get along with others, make friends, develop healthy relationships, and protect themselves. Children or adolescents who have difficulty forming age-appropriate friendships, demonstrate avoidance of social situations, or impulsive or aggressive behaviors that interfere with successful social functioning may benefit from participation.

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Emotional self-regulation or regulation of emotion is the ability to respond to the ongoing demands of experience with the range of emotions in a manner that is socially tolerable and sufficiently flexible to permit spontaneous reactions as well as the ability to delay spontaneous reactions as needed.

Our team

All of our team hold Master’s or doctoral degrees and are licensed in the state of NC. They have worked in hospitals, schools, and community centers.

Shavonda Bean

MA, Clinical Psychology, Appalachian State University

Pineville

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Trisha Dyer

MA at University of North Carolina at Charlotte
BBA University of Mississippi

Pineville

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Gretchen Hunter

PhD at the University of Georgia
MHS at the University of Florida
BA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Midtown

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Aleksandra Liss

PsyD. American School of Professional Psychology
BS University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Midtown

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Christina McGillicuddy

PsyD Fairleigh Dickinson University
MSE Fordham University
BS James Madison University

Midtown

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Tanya Masci

Master of Science in Social Work , Syracuse University 1999
Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Niagara University 1996

Midtown

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Devon Redmond

PhD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BS from Cornell University

Midtown

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Kelsie Salmen

PsyD George Washington University
MS at Loyola University Maryland
BA at Miami University

Pineville

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Brandyn Street

PhD Vanderbilt University
BA, Wake Forest University

Pineville

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Chris Vrabel

PhD Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MA Indiana University of Pennsylvania
BA Wake Forest University

Pineville

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