BCBA Candidates

Callissa Candalot

RBT & BCBA Candidate

Callissa has worked in the field of ABA since May of 2020. The best part of her job is making personal connections with the client and watching them achieve their goals. Callissa received her AA in Psychology while at Long Beach City College (LBCC) and her Bachelors degree from Utah State University (USU) in Health Science with a minor in Behavioral Health. At LBCC Callissa played indoor and beach volleyball as well as threw javelin. She then went on to throw javelin for the track and field team at USU. Callissa is currently working towards her Masters of Special Education from Arizona State University and plans to become a BCBA. In her free timeline she enjoying working out, playing volleyball/sports, being with the people (and pups) she loves, baking and going on adventures.

 

Emmanuel Azike

RBT & BCBA Candidate

Emmanuel received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 2013 from Westminster College, his Master’s degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Toro University, and is currently working toward becoming a BCBA. Emmanuel has worked in the ABA field since 2018 and is highly interested in Social Skills, teaching new team members, and Organizational Behavior Management – the study and application of ABA at an organizational level. Some of Emmanuel’s favorite pass-times are hiking, camping, and seeing movies and shows, and spending time with his Pomsky pup, Luci.

Lacey Conner

RBT & BCBA Candidate

Lacey takes a multidisciplinary approach to ABA. She has a BFA in Fine Arts, an Associate in Psychology, a minor in Liberal Arts, and as of October 2023 a Master’s degree in ABA. She is due to sit for the certification test in December 2023. She has experience in recreational therapy, crisis care, and substance abuse recovery. She has worked with clients of all ages and all expressions of cognitive variation. She is dedicated to scientifically rigorous, play-based therapy.

Amy Vizhnay

BCBA Candidate, RBT

Amy is originally from Ecuador and moved to Utah in June 2023 from Port Richey, Florida. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and recently graduated from Arizona State University with her master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in ABA, and is working towards obtaining her BCBA certification. She became an RBT three years ago, and found her passion in helping kids and their families through ABA Therapy . She has worked with kids ranging from 2-9 years old and she loves how, little by little, ABA can make a huge impact and improve lives!

Jacob Harrington

BCBA Candidate

Jacob is originally from Wisconsin and is currently pursuing a masters in special education. Jacob hopes to one day be a board certified behavior analyst. He loves working in this field because as a child, Jacob struggled with his own learning disability. Some very gifted and dedicated individuals in the special education department in his schools worked very hard to ensure that he succeeded and they inspired him to try and do the same for others. In his free time, Jacob likes to spend time hiking, skiing, camping, and taking photos on his camera.

Kamryn Groce

BCBA Candidate

Kamryn graduated from Southern Utah University in May of 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in criminal justice. She has been in the ABA field since May of 2022 and absolutely fell in love with it. Kamryn is currently working towards her Master’s degree in behavior analysis practice at Florida Institute of Technology to become a BCBA. Her favorite part about this field is watching clients of all ages grow and develop new skills everyday. In her free time, Kamryn is typically playing with her puppy or reading!

Kyle Smith

BCBA Candidate

Kyle is a very caring individual who wants others to learn why caring is good for society and for ourselves. He has been a hard worker and caregiver specialist in society for over 20 years. Kyle is a Retired Pro-Am Sand Volleyball player and father to 3 children – One boy and two girls.

Rebecca Farr

BCBA Candidate

Becca was born and raised in Utah. She received her Associates degree in psychology from Westminster college and her Bachelors degree in psychology from Utah Valley University. Becca has worked in the ABA field for just under a year (may 2023), and is so excited to begin working towards her BCBA through Florida Institute of Technology. Her favorite part of this career path is connecting with her clients and watching their progress and growth in so many different areas!

Frequently Ask Questions

What is ABA therapy?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the science in which the principles of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for behavior change” (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007). In simpler terms, ABA is the science of altering the environment and applying strategies to reduce challenging behaviors while increasing adaptive behaviors. We believe that each individual should be part of the planning process for their engagement in ABA therapy. ABA therapy targets social skills (in a neurodiversity affirming way), communication, daily living skills and more by applying evidence-based methods to improve a child’s ability to interact with their natural environment. We focus on the use of intrinsic motivation to work with the child while promoting a safe and controlled environment, giving them the best chance at success. Our approach is completely individualized for each child. We seek to understand the function (or the reason) behind each behavior with the knowledge that behavior is communication. We attempt to listen to this communication by implementing evidence-based interventions while keeping a neurodiversity-affirming approach in mind each step of the way.

What does the current wait list look like?

The waiting list for Advanced Behavior Analysis changes frequently depending on staff availability. To get our most current availability and wait list information, please email our billing manager at Tara@Advancedbehavioranalysis.com.

How does scheduling work?
Advanced Behavior Analysis schedules ABA sessions into 3-time blocks. Block 1 includes 8/9am-Noon, Block 2 includes Noon-3pm and Block 3 includes 3-6pm. We have adopted this scheduling system as it allows the technicians to have consistent schedules. This helps us with retention and organization. Individual scheduling needs are handled by our scheduling department.
What is the process for getting started with ABA therapy?
Once insurance authorization for beginning the assessment process has been received by our billing team, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will be assigned to the case. During the first meeting, the BCBA will get to know the family, the concerns of the family, get to know the child, observe the child and use assessment tools to determine what strengths the child already possesses and what skills can be worked on to further grow the existing strengths. Each company uses different assessment tools; we use the ABLLS, Vineland III, VB-MAPP and AFLS assessments. While we may not use all assessments, the BCBA will determine which assessments are appropriate for the child based on the information given from the parent. After assessments are completed, the BCBA will create an individualized treatment plan that is reviewed by a regional manager to ensure the plan follows neurodiversity affirming practice in line with our values. Once the treatment plan is approved by the parent, the treatment plan will be submitted to insurance for approval. After approval, a team will be created and assigned and services can begin.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

Elizabeth Walsh
Elizabeth Walsh
2022-10-05
Advanced Behavioral Analysis is a wonderful organization. Nicole our BCBA has matched by son Brandon (6) with the best ABA technicians. Nicole has been a great support to our family and Brandon has progressed so much under their care. I highly recommend this organization they really do care about their clients.
Andrea Bruerton
Andrea Bruerton
2022-08-12
My son Collin (4) was paired up with an AMAZING team. Our BCBA is Jillian and our RBT is Camille. Collin calls them his Jillie and Milk. They have truly been amazing. When we started this journey Collin maybe said 10 words functionally. He is now talking in 3 to 4 word sentences. He can identify emotions in others and is learning how to express his wants, needs, and feelings. He is learning how to play with others and so, so much more. They disguise everything as fun games or activities. Even my 2 older daughters want to join in. Collin received a diagnosis of ASD when he was 2yr old. Our Pediatrician really stressed the importance of ABA therapy. To be honest I was very reluctant as I have heard mixed reviews. After calling about 10 different companies to get information about their programs I found ABA. I was looking for someone that would work with me on how many hours a week he would be required to do. Most places I talked with wanted a minimum of 20 hours a week. At 3yrs old that is to much in my opinion. I also wanted in home and clinic sessions. I want to be involved. They have been willing to work with me on all of the above and so much more. Jillian and Camille are phenomenal at what they do. They truly care and love my little boy. I could not ask for a better team. He looks forward to going to the Clinic (Milks House) and them coming to our home. I can honestly say that I whole heartily trust them and feel so lucky that they are in our lives.
Jerome Braga
Jerome Braga
2021-05-19
We have had and continue to have such a great experience with the whole team at Advanced Behavior Analysis. From the office team, to Leads, to BCBA's and Jr Consultants, everyone seems to genuinely care about the great work they are doing. We have been working with them for about six months now and are very pleased with our progress together. Everyone truly believes in our unified mission. Thank you for always taking time out to answer my questions and help keep us moving forward. We Highly Recommend.
Tara Wackerly
Tara Wackerly
2020-08-06
I love working at Advanced Behavior Analysis. I have worked at 2 other ABA companies and this one has the best interest for clients and staff by far. I feel respected and heard by the entire team!
Jordan & Heather Callister
Jordan & Heather Callister
2020-07-16
They have been so helpful with our son. We appreciate them working with him!
Annie Leon
Annie Leon
2020-05-19
I am an employee at ABA and have been extremely proud to see this business grow. I have been at ABA for almost 5 years. ABA has truly been a wonderful company to work for. Supportive teams, passionate and professional employees. All knowledgeable in their fields and take the time to consider each individual. A great company to work for if you want to make a difference in a child life.

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