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●Intensive center-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other developmental disorders.
●Individualized therapy programs, developed by one of our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).
●Minimum requirement of 8 hours per week of direct therapy.
Goals Of ABA Therapy Can Include:
● Behavior modification
● Communication and social language skills
● Daily living skills
● Social skills
● Self-care skills
● Gross and fine motor skills
How Does a Center-Based Program Work?
●One of our expert BCBAs will provide assessment, program development, parent training, and consultation.
●Tutors are skilled Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs).
●Programs are customized to your child’s specific needs.
●Various data collection methods are used to monitor progress and guide programmatic changes.
●Different instructional methods are used, including Naturalistic Environment Teaching (NET) and Discrete Trial Training (DTT).
This group serves as a place for the KidsLink Connect experts and staff to connect with parents and caregivers with news, announcements, and interesting information.
Michelle DePolo, Psy.D., BCBA-D is a clinical psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst who has specific expertise in the areas of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and the management of anxiety and depressive disorders. She routinely completes Independent Education Evaluations for parents and school districts. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Dr. DePolo has expertise in the assessment and treatment of severe behaviors. Dr. DePolo directs a variety of programs to promote social skills. She also directs the Behavior Stabilization & Reintegration Program in the KidsLink School, which is dedicated to helping students stabilize disruptive behaviors and return back to their home school districts
Jocelyn Geib, Ph.D., CCC/SLP is a licensed speech and language pathologist who provides assessment and treatment at KidsLink. She also serves as the executive director at The KidsLink School Program. Dr. Geib completed her Ph.D. in Education- Learning and Development from Cleveland State University. She completed her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at Kent State University as well as course work leading to licensure in School Administration at Cleveland State University. Her undergraduate degree is from Bowling Green State University.
Dr. Geib has worked in the area of behavioral management for children with autism for the past 20 years, including positions as an independent behavioral therapist and consultant, paraprofessional, intervention specialist, and school administrator. Previous professional roles include Coordinator of Speech Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism and Director of the STARS program for the Geauga County Educational Service Center.
Dr. Geib enjoys providing speech assessment and treatment as well as behavioral intervention for children with a variety of developmental disabilities. Dr. Geib is now serving in an appointed position on the Advisory Board for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence disabilities (OCALI). Dr. Geib is active in the local community and speaks frequently on communication and autism at the local and national levels. She is married with two children.
Nevada Reed, M.D., is an ABPN board certified pediatric neurologist. She completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine. She finished her Pediatrics residency and Pediatric Neurology Fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Reed has over twenty years of expertise in treating children and young adults with a variety of neurological diagnoses. She is an advocate for children with autism spectrum disorders on the state and local level. She has additional expertise in the areas of movement disorders, language regression, and ADD/ADHD. She also treats many children with seizures, headaches, anxiety and OCD. \n \nDr. Reed came to Akron Children’s Hospital in 2003 as a staff child neurologist and was named medical director of the Autism Program. During her years at Akron Children’s she developed an inter-disciplinary autism assessment team and was active in creating several programs for family support and education. \n \nDr. Reed has served on the Ohio Autism Taskforce (appointed by Governor Taft) and on the Advisory Board for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence disabilities (OCALI). She has been the primary investigator for several autism research projects. She is active in the American Academy of Neurology and has completed the Practice Leadership Program. She participated in AAN’s Neurology on the Hill to consult with House members and Senators about the unique needs of children with developmental disabilities. She serves on a AAN Mentorship Committee to develop mentorship opportunities in neurology for students of all ages. \n \nDr. Reed enjoys treating children with a variety of neurologic needs and believes that family involvement is essential for the best medical care. She is married and has four children. \n \nServices provided by Dr. Reed include: \n* Diagnostic evaluations \n* Medical testing \n* Treatment planning \n* Second opinions \n* Medication treatment and clinical monitoring \n* Family education \n \nDr. Reed values the ability to spend time with her patients during their initial assessment, as well as in follow-up. New diagnostic assessments last for approximately 2 hours. New visits for treatment planning or medication intervention are scheduled for 1-1/2 hours, and follow-up appointments are 45 minutes.
At Kidslink I am a behavioral consultant and a director of program development. I assist in coordinating the needs of the program in supporting/training and coaching among staff. I am also a certified instructor for Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI). I develop programming for children within the school, writing behavior plans and monitoring students behavioral progress. I have a strong passion for staff development and retention.
Jackie Crissinger, BCBA, Intervention Specialist, leads our Behavioral consulting team. KidsLink behavioral consultants will provide direct assessment of your child to determine his/her needs and develop an individualized ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) program specifically for your child. ABA to date, is the most promising, evidenced-based treatment available to children and their families.
Behavioral Consultation can be provided in the home, school, or community settings based on the goals of the programming.
Programming includes teaching new skills while reducing behaviors that have interfered with your child’s ability to participate meaningfully in his/her environment. ABA programming may include but is not limited to: Functional Behavior Assessment/Functional Analysis, Skill Based Assessment, development of Behavior Intervention Plans, development of teaching procedures/interventions, and training of others (parents, caregivers, classroom teachers) to implement these plans.
Rachel holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Psychology, which she received from Kent State University and the University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, respectively. Rachel also completed her Behavior Intervention Specialist Certificate through Kent State University, allowing her to sit for her BCBA exam in 2014.
Rachel has been with Kidslink Neurobehavioral Center since 2008, working on and off site as a part time therapist, until joining the Kidslink School staff full time in 2011. Rachel has presented on a national and international level, working collaboratively with professionals of various disciplines to provide training and education in the areas of Applied Behavioral Analysis.
KidsLink Connect is an intensive, center based ABA program that treats children with Autism Spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders. We create individualized programming that may include goals involving behavior modification, social language skills, daily living skills, self-care skills, and gross and fine motor skills.
Samantha Chesney, M.Ed, BCBA, COBA has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2010. She has worked with clients ranging in age from 20 months through 22 years of age on varying instructional levels in the home, school, and work environments. Samantha began working at KidsLink in 2014 and has developed her expertise in treatment of severe behaviors.
To learn more about KidsLink Connect, visit our website at https://www.kidslinkconnect.com/.