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Nicole Gurash, M.A., BCBA Board Certified Behavior Analyst & Psychotherapist Doctor of Psychology Candidate Owner & Clinical Director Expertise: Pediatric behavior therapy for a range of challenging behaviors; providing emotional regulation, behavioral and social skills interventions. Nicole Gurash King, M.A., BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Psychotherapist and a candidate for her Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD). She is currently working on her culminating doctoral research project, focusing on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, emotional regulation and anxiety in autism spectrum disorders as an integrated approach within ABA therapy interventions. Nicole enjoys working with children, adolescents, and teens with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, developmental and intellectual disabilities, challenging behaviors, anxiety and mood disorders. She holds an advanced Master's Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis, was awarded a Master's Degree from UC Denver, CO. with a focus in Early Childhood & Special Education and has completed a Master's Leveling Program in Clinical Psychology for admittance into her Doctoral Program. Nicole is Early Childhood Director Qualified in Colorado and holds Certification in Pivotal Response Treatment from the Koegel Autism Center at UC Santa Barbara. She also has met the BACB’s requirements to provide supervision to board certification applicants. Her work experiences include clinical, in-home, special education and early intervention settings. She is a member of the following professional associations: The Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International, The Colorado Association of Behavior Analysis, The Association for Professional Behavior Analysts and The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
Carolyn Blevins, M.Ed., BCBA Board Certified Behavior Analyst Expertise: Treating individuals with a range of challenging behaviors in home, school and community settings. Carolyn Blevins, M.Ed., BCBA, received her Masters in Education from Regis University in 2001. After teaching in the Denver Public School system for seven years she went back to school to receive her Certificate of Mastery in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2011 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2012. Carolyn has been providing in-home, school and community-based programs for children, adolescents and adults on the Front Range. She recently moved to Eagle with her husband and two daughters and looks forward to continuing her work supporting children with special needs and their families.
Vanessa Gilliam, B.S., BCaBA Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Expertise: The treatment of challenging behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays. Vanessa Gilliam, BCaBA, received her Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. In 2009 she found her passion with the special needs population by committing her time to camps in north and south Texas that catered for individuals various abilities ranging from developmental, emotional, physical, and/ or other serious illnesses; Camp Summit and Camp For All, respectively. She then continued her experience with being a personal attendant to various individuals with special needs while gaining some knowledge of Sign Exact English by spending her time in the deaf/blind community; particularly with the Deaf Blind Multi-handicapped Association of Texas conferences. Since 2012, she’s been involved with several ABA businesses in pursuant of her supervision in order to sit for the BACB’s examination for her BCaBA. After successfully completing her internship with The Shape of Behavior in Austin, TX she then moved to Dallas, TX for the same company only to recently make her trek up to the beautiful mountains of Colorado in order to continue her experience with ABA with a better scenery in place. She is currently a member of the Texas Association of Behavior Analysis and the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis.
April Thompson, M.Ed. ABA Therapist Expertise: Treating individuals with a range of challenging behaviors in home, school and community settings. April earned her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Toledo and her Masters in Education from the University of Michigan. She started her career in ABA as a paraprofessional and in- home therapist working with elementary students in Toledo, Ohio. She is a Licensed Special Education Teacher, who’s teaching career has included 13 years of experience supporting a wide variety of students with disabilities. During her first teaching job she was the lead teacher for 2 years at a charter school geared towards providing intensive ABA programming for children with Autism in grades K-12. From there, she was the program coordinator for 8 years at another charter school which provided educational programming and behavioral interventions for children with Autism ages 3-22. Switching to the public school setting, she taught for 2 years as the lead teacher in a center-based classroom for students with severe emotional disorders, then she moved to Colorado in 2016 with her three daughters. Her first job here in Colorado was teaching at Campus Middle School in a center-based classroom for students with moderate to intensive needs. She has remained passionate about applying ABA principles to address challenging behaviors in all settings. She is excited to bring her training and experience to the Douglas County area to continue working with families in supporting children with disabilities to achieve their fullest potential.
Sydney Forbes, B.S. ABA Therapist Expertise: Providing ABA therapy to children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities in home, school and community settings. Sydney earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University in 2016. Sydney found her passion for ABA therapy during her internship with WoodsEdge Learning Center. At WoodsEdge, Sydney provided one-on-one instructional discrete trial training to young children with autism spectrum disorder. She started off her career in ABA therapy immediately after graduating from Western Michigan University. She became a behavior therapist for Braintrust Behavioral Health, where she provided in home one-on-one ABA therapy to children with autism spectrum disorder. She taught anger management techniques, relaxation skills, impulse control, social skills, emotional coping skills, and functional living skills to children. She provided direct therapeutic interventions to children with autism spectrum disorders by teaching, modeling, and coaching of ABA techniques directed to increase language and communication skills, appropriate play skills, cooperation skills, and daily living skills. Sydney also was a special education paraprofessional for Schoolcraft Elementary School right after college. She supported three students with IEPs in a first grade classroom, where she worked with students with varying levels of disabilities including: Learning Disabilities, ADHD/ADD, and Emotional Impairments. Sydney moved to Vail, Colorado in Summer 2017 and is also currently working as a toddler/preschool teacher at Children’s Garden of Learning in Vail.
Kelsey Swanson, M.A. ABA Therapist & Independent Fieldwork Intern Kelsey earned her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. She also graduated from Drew University with a Major in Behavioral Science and teaching certification in Elementary, Early Childhood, and Special Education. Kelsey is currently accruing her supervised clinical experience hours to sit for the board certification exam. She has taught preschool, 1st grade, and Special education. Kelsey has been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Challenging Behaviors and other Developmental and Learning Disabilities in Summit and Park County for the past 6 years. She also has experience working with the COMASP (Colorado Model Autism and Significant Needs Programs) in Park County Schools.
Rebecca Arvans, Ph.D., BCBA-D Consulting Licensed Clinical Psychologist Board Certified Behavior Analyst Expertise: Assessment and diagnosis of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Rebecca Arvans provides clinical oversight and works very closely with ABC Behavioral Services. She is available to review and consult providing her expertise regarding diagnostic services, assessments, client data and treatment plans. Dr. Arvans has worked with individuals with varying mental health needs since 2000. She is a licensed psychologist (Nevada and Colorado) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D). She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Arvans currently serves as the President for the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis. She obtained her doctorate in psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan and completed an APA approved internship at the Munroe Meyer Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Arvans has worked with children and adults across several settings, including outreach clinics, early intervention home and school programs, mental health clinics, medical centers, juvenile homes, and assessment clinics.