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ABA Connections of Central Michigan

 

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 of 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. We provide in-center services and strive to provide a collaborative treatment approach within our clinic setting to help meet goals for home, school and community involvement. 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 decisions for your child.

Know your child: What does your child with autism 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 your child with autism 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 Marcellis, M.A.

    Owner/COO

    Tina earned her Master’s Degree from Ball State University in Special Education with a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis.  Tina earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Kaplan University in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has spent the last 4 years accumulating professional experience in Autism and 13 years as a parent of a child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

    Jennifer Richardson, M.S., BCBA

    Clinical Director

    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 10 years accumulating professional experience in Autism and other disorders with individuals across the life span. 

    Karlene Rench, B.A., BCaBA

    Staff

    Karlene earned her Bachelor’s degree through Cornerstone University with a major in general studies and minors in math and music. She completed behavior analysis coursework through Florida Institute of Technology and is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She has spent the last 3 years accumulating professional experience in autism and applied behavior analysis.

    Kristin Baxter, M.S., QBHP

    Staff

    Kristin earned her Master’s Degree from Capella University in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. Her Bachelor’s Degree was earned from Central Michigan University in Psychology. Kristin is a Qualified Behavioral Health Professional. She is currently completing Graduate Level Applied Behavior Analysis coursework at Capella University as well as an Applied Behavior Analysis Internship. She has spent the last year accumulating professional experience in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. 

    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

    Contact us

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    Current insurances that we take:

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

    Alma Office

    Alma

    504 Pine Ave

    Alma, MI 48801

    989 285-9122

    Midland Office

    Midland

    3301 Ridgecrest Drive
    Midland, MI 48642

    989 839-2290