What you should look in for a service provider?
Diagnosing a child on a developmental disorder can be a distressing experience for most of the parents. It is emotionally draining and financially taxing. Having sailed on the same boat, we can relate to you.
You, as parents, have to select the best services that has been proved for it’s research backing and satisfactory results. You must ensure that the center you visit allows open door visits, practices interventions and treatments that have significant amount of evidence. For example – “Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)” can be great start from the service providers. You parents play a crucial part for your child’s assessment. You should regularly consult the therapist, apprised about your child’s progress and train hands-on specifically with your child at these programs and protocols.
You must make a stand to get training sessions on ABA skills along with your child, as it’ll make you understand the treatment as a science with a reasoning. It not only enables you to use these skills at home in a more generalized and comforting setting but also improving the quality of care for your child by reducing your financial drainage at the same time.
Founder and CEO
Manu has 17 years of Global Information Technology consulting experience in Europe (Germany, France & Switzerland), India and USA with 500 companies. He holds an engineering degree and has completed his full time MBA from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) New Delhi. He completed his certificate course on Data Science from Indiana University Bloomington, USA. He has published multiple papers in improving mental health of children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by incorporating technology. He is also the author of few technology best sellers with SAP PRESS. He is currently pursuing PHD from IIT- Delhi on incorporating Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in improving assessment to treatment cycle for children with developmental disorders. Manu currently consults as a Data Scientist and Information Technology lead with American Health care Not for Profit ACCESS Health.
Founder and Clinical Director
Swati comes with 18 years of experience of working with special need children in school, integrated classroom and in center based setting. She completed her diploma in special education in 1999, followed by B.Ed. in special education, Post Graduate Diploma in Early Intervention from NIMH Hyderabad and Masters in Psychology. She has also completed her Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) coursework in Florida institute of Technology. She is passionate about designing various curriculum useful for improving teaching and learning of children on developmental disorders. She has published various papers on and about these issues. She is currently handling Learning Skills alongside her husband, Manu Kohli.
Pratibha Singh, BCBA
Pratibha attended Amity University and received a Master of Arts degree in clinical Psychology in 2014. She submitted a qualitative research on “Personal development of children of Defense Personnel”, as a part of dissertation.
She has more than 4 years of experience working with children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders. She took course in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in Florida Institue of Technology . She is a certified Behavior Analsyt in 2017. She also gained valuable experience in ABA including behavioral program development, Behavior Plan, Staff training, data collection and interpretation.
Leadership – Clinical Advisers
Dr. Joshua K Pritchard BCBA-D,
Dr. Joshua K Pritchard earned his doctorate from the University of Nevada-Reno. He is a BCBA-D (Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate) currently is a faculty member of the behavior analysis programs at Southern Illinois University. He has served on the executive council of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, president of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and the president of Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis. He has also been serving as the Associate Editor for scientific behavioral journals such as Behavior Analysis in Practice & Behavior Analysis: Research & Practice. In practice, he has provided behavioral services, assessments, and consultation to school, residential settings, in-home, and in-center settings for just under two decades and is the founder of a school for children with behavior disorders, a behavior-analytic clinic and this year opening learning labs across three states. In addition to his entrepreneurial development, he has provided consultation to a variety of agencies across the country and internationally using Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management. Over the last few years, Dr. Joshua has been giving much of his attention to training behavior analysts, entrepreneurship, and ethics. He has explored ethics in Reno during an OBM project at The Bunny Ranch and has since presented and written on the topic, offering a scheme for ethical guidelines within OBM that incorporates the complexities and dynamics that are added when consulting with systems and organizations. In addition, he has recently begun exploring the idea of a functional approach to ethics and how that would play out in a science of behavior and its derivative practices. In the realm of entrepreneurship, Dr. Joshua has provided workshops and lectures.He is currently directing much of his time and energy providing mentorship to startups and establishing behavioral companies while incubating startups who are exploring practice outside of autism services.
Manish Goyal is working on his PhD at Southern Illinois University with Dr. Pritchard. He earned his Master’s degree from Western Michigan University and has been a BCBA for a number of years. He spent time in India developing systems work and is now working with Dr. Pritchard on in-home remote consulting and treatment of behavioral problems.
Lina Lillis, Ph.D.,
Dr. Lina Lillis received her PhD in Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology. She was a faculty member in the hybrid MA in professional behavior analysis program for several years before she moved back to Canada to be with family. She is currently doing consultant work throughout North America and provides remote supervision of BACB candidates throughout the world.
Anita Li is working on her PhD at Western Michigan University with her advisor Dr. Alan Poling. She received her MS in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and has had a number of clinical roles including the clinical director of Lodestone Academy – a school for students with behavior challenges which preclude them from being served in the public systems. She has been published in numerous behavioral journals. Currently, she is focusing on the development of training for behavior analysts in poly-pharmacology and how to interact with prescribing physicians.
Social Thinking® Advisor
Kari Zweber Palmer, Consultant
Kari Zweber Palmer is a speech-language pathologist/social-cognitive therapist at her private practice, Changing Perspectives, in Excelsior, MN. She has co-authored, with Michelle Garcia Winner, Ryan Hendrix, and Nancy Tarshis, We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers and We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers. Additionally, Kari consults with local school districts on implementing Social Thinking into their academics.
Kari’s interest in communication and related disorders began long before she studied it formally. Her mom, Jane, is a speech-language pathologist and Kari grew up in the field. Kari received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and Master’s from the University of Kansas. Following her formal training, she started her career as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools in Minnetonka, MN, working predominately in the early childhood and elementary levels.
Kari is a consultant and has mentored Learning Skills Academy team on Social Thinking curriculum.