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ABA Connections of Midland, MI

 

Have you recently learned that your child has or might have autism?  Are you wondering and worrying about what to do next?

We at ABA Connections can help!

No parent is ever prepared to hear that a child is anything other than happy and healthy. In particular, a diagnosis of autism can be especially frightening. You may be unsure or unaware about how to best help your child. Or you may have been told that autism is an incurable, lifelong condition, leaving you concerned that nothing you do will make a difference.

While it is true that autism is not something a person simply “grows out of,” there are many treatments that can help children learn new skills and overcome a wide variety of developmental challenges. From in-home behavioral therapy to school-based programs, assistance is available to meet your child’s special needs. With the right treatment plan, and a lot of love and support, your child can learn, grow, and thrive.

There are many things parents can do to help children with autism overcome their challenges.

  • Educate yourself: Educate yourself about the treatment options, ask questions and participate in treatment decisions.  The more you know about autism the better equipped you will be to make informed decision for your child.
  • Know your child: What does your autistic child find stressful? Calming? Uncomfortable? Enjoyable? Figure out what triggers your child’s disruptive behaviors. If you understand what affects your child, you will be better at overcoming problems that arise.
  • Acceptance: Don’t focus your energy or attention on how you autistic child is different from other children. Instead focus on what makes your child unique and celebrate successes.
  • Don’t give up: Don’t jump to conclusions about what life is going to be like for your child. It is impossible to predict the specific course that your child will travel. Over time those with autism will grow and develop their abilities

Midland

3301 Ridgecrest Drive
Midland, MI 48642

989 839-2290

Alma

504 Pine Ave
Alma, MI 48801

989 285-9122

Meet Our Staff

 

 

Tina M. Marcellis, B.S.

Owner/Operator

Tina earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Kaplan University in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She intends to continue her education but will focus her attention on Special Education along with Applied Behavior Analysis.

Jennifer Richardson, M.S., BCBA

Staff

Jennifer earned her Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Counseling with a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis.  Her Bachelor’s Degree was earned from Central Michigan University in Psychology with a Minor in Communication Disorders. Jennifer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has spent the last 7 years accumulating experience in Autism and other disorders with individuals across the lifespan.

Jennifer has worked with a variety of different diagnosis, including Autism and has experience with differing assessments, including, the VB-MAPP, AFLS, ABLLS and FBAs.  Jennifer has worked with verbal and non-verbal children, adolescents and adults with and without challenging behaviors. It is important for Jennifer to provide services that are important to each individual and/or family.

Ken Ball, M.S., BCBA

Staff

Ken received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University.  In 2012 Ken received his Master’s in Social Work from University of Southern California with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling.  Ken began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2014 where he worked with adults with developmental disabilities that exhibited problematic behavior.  In 2015 Ken completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology.  Ken specializes in work with individuals with Autism with challenging behaviors and skill acquisition.

Experience Includes:

  • Early intervention for children with autism
  • Children with Autism
  • Adolescents and Adults with Autism
  • Verbal Behavior Analysis
  • Self-Help Skills Training
  • Toilet Training
  • Behavioral Issues

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Current insurances that we take:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Care Network
  • Aetna
  • Cofinity
  • Medicaid provided through Community Mental Health of Central Michigan

Alma Office

Alma Office

504 Pine Ave
Alma, MI 48801

989 285-9122

Midland Office

Midland

3301 Ridgecrest Drive
Midland, MI 48642

989 839-2290