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

    Kristin Baxter, M.S., BCBA, LBA

    Assistant Clinical Director

    Kristin is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a State of Michigan Licensed Behavior Analyst. She has spent the last two years accumulating professional experience in the field of applied behavior analysis. Kristin earned her Master’s Degree from Capella University in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development. She obtained additional Master’s Level coursework specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology was earned from Central Michigan University. 

    Karlene Rench, B.A., BCaBA, LABA

    Staff

    Karlene is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and a State of Michigan Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst. She has spent the last five years accumulating professional experience in the field of applied behavior analysis. 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 the Florida Institute of Technology. 

    Makayla McQuiston, BS., BCaBA

    Staff

    Makayla is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and a State of Michigan Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University with a major in psychology and a focus on behavior analysis. Makayla has 4 years of professional experience with challenging behavior and skill acquisition.

    Savanah Diaz, BA

    Floor Manager

    Savanah is the acting Floor Manager at ABA Connections. She graduated with her Bachelors of Arts from Alam College in 2018 with a major in educational studies with a special needs focus. Savanah has 3 years of experience working with children with ASD at both the Alma and Midland ABA Connections locations. Savanah is responsible for scheduling and training throughout the company. She is currently enrolled in her applied behavior analysis coursework at Capella University.

    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
    • 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