Proof Positive is now Autism Learning Partners Orange County
Autism Learning Partners Orange County employs the most recent Applied Behavior Analysis findings to develop specific programs that address the needs of your specific child. We work with you to help you implement behavior programs and teach positive behavioral support, as well as providing ongoing assistance to both you and your child’s siblings and other family members. We take pride in having a qualified staff of thoroughly trained and highly educated Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Ph.D. personnel that have an in-depth history of ABA experience. All of the programs offered by ALP are based on scientifically proven methods that are crucial for developing social skills and language. These programs are designed to change and evolve as the child grows. We focus on helping both the child and parents. ALP is dedicated to teaching parents proactive and reactive teaching strategies that can be helpful while working with children on the entire Autism/behavioral spectrum. Our goal is to teach parents ABA therapy and allow them to understand and implement the ABA teaching strategies.
We are an experienced organization of qualified therapists providing effective treatment for children with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Rett's Disorder, PDD-NOS and related disorders in all of Southern California.
Our services are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is the most widely researched and scientifically validated method known for treating Autism. Our goal is to develop an individualized treatment plan designed specifically for your child while providing parent education. We work with your child to teach appropriate language, self-help skills, behaviors and social skills while using a family-focused approach.
OUR MISSION IS SIMPLE:
The mission of Autism Learning Partners is to provide the highest level of clinical expertise to facilitate significant and sustainable improvement for the individuals and families we serve.
Autism Learning Partners strives to give hope, support and paths of progress for children and their families living with Autism and related disorders. We believe that a tailored, comprehensive care plan managed by our exceptional clinical talent, partnered with love and commitment from the family, allows each child to achieve his or her maximum potential.
We’re a passionate team of clinicians, therapists, care managers, specialists, managers, business people and insurance gurus and problem solvers that are dedicated to helping families and individuals with Autism and other disabilities progress and have the best life possible.
Our core team brings wisdom and experience from all walks of life and from all across the country. Our backgrounds are diverse, but a common mission unites us. We’re also fortunate to have a group of advisors and partners who are contributing their wisdom, capabilities, and networks to help us maximize our positive impact on the families we serve.
Alaina Reed began her journey with children with autism and other developmental disabilities when she was an undergraduate at Loyola Marymount University. She earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an Emphasis in ABA from California State University Los Angeles. Alaina has been actively involved in the ABA community since 2010 and has worked all over Los Angeles and Orange County.
Michelle or “Shelli,” as she is commonly known, graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and completed her BCBA coursework from Florida Institute of Technology. Shelli has worked in the field of ABA for over 9 years, specifically in Orange County. Shelli’s primary role is to facilitate the implementation of high quality ABA services by training staff and collaborating with BCBAs, RBTs and BT’s. Shelli feels honored to work with families with special needs children. Shelli values the trust families put on her to help their children reach their potential. Shelli finds it rewarding to see the changes and growth in families and staff. She takes great pride in the work that her team does daily, and the dedication and commitment her team provides clients and families is what drives her work.
Martina Barnhart received her master’s degree in special education from National University and is a certified Behavior Analyst. She began her career in ABA over 20 years ago, as an undergrad at UCLA, where she worked with children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities and their family, by delivering behavior intervention services, parent training and developing and providing clinical oversight of ABA programs and staff training. In her role, she is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of clinical service delivery by supporting clinical directors, program supervisors and behavior technicians in their work with families.
“Each day is a new beginning filled with possibilities. I am inspired by the courage and dedication I see in our families, staff and most importantly our clients. I feel blessed each day we celebrate a success and feel grateful to be a part it.”
Jennifer Ikola received her master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University and is a Certified Behavior Analyst. Jennifer comes to ALP with over 8 years of experience working with children with various disorders and developmental delays (in both home and school settings), as well as, leadership and management experience. In her role as Clinical Director, she is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of clinical service delivery by supporting BCBA’s, Clinical Supervisors, Program Supervisors, and Behavior Technicians in their work with families.
“I love working in this field because of the kids we get to help and seeing their progress in the best feeling in the world.”
Mari Aceves is a Clinical Director for Autism Learning Partners and is a bilingual BCBA; fluent in Spanish. Mari received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and has extensive experience in mental health and ABA interventions. She has worked with clients diagnosed with ASD, genetic disorders, medical and mental health disorders ranging from infants to adults. In the past, Mari served her community as a substance abuse counselor and as a Psychology professor at a local university. Mari is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Social Work. Mari is a lover of animals, the beach, sweets and art; and a self-proclaimed bookworm. Mari’s favorite author is mathematician Norton Juster.
“My passion is to help individuals embark on a path to increased independence and to help families interact with their kids more effectively; social integration and inclusive education is always my goal.”