Denver: Autism Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment

Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance serves Denver, Colorado and surrounding areas. During the assessment process, each child receives a comprehensive functional assessment that identifies core deficits and problem behaviors that may be interfering with the child’s ability to learn and participate in daily life at home, school and in the community.  Every child’s program is individualized to meet his or her needs, learning style and guided by what is developmentally expected.

Need assistance or have questions? Please feel free to contact us here or reach us directly at 1.303.997.7411

6767 S. Spruce Street, Suite 100
Centennial, CO 80112
Phone: (303) 997.7411
Fax: (866) 283.0595

 

 

 

Rebecca Urbano-Powell  M.A., BCBA

Clinical Director

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Rebecca Urbano-Powell is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.  She worked at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders as a Junior and Senior Therapist from 2001-2004 in both home and school settings. From 2005-2014, Rebecca worked for Tustin Unified School District as an Autism Program Specialist where she helped to start the ABA program and grow it to over 80 behavior intervention staff and 120+ ABA students.  She has worked with clients ranging in age from 2 ½ to 18 years of age with a range of diagnoses to include Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Emotional Disturbance, ADHD, and anxiety.  Rebecca has co-authored and led teacher/staff trainings in ABA, behavior management, and inclusive schooling for school district employees.  Her professional interests include problem behavior, functional life skills, community based instruction, and natural environment teaching.   In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, eating, snowboarding, and traveling.

 

Krista Bickelhaupt, M.A., BCBA

Clinical Manager

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Krista received a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis in 2007, from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Krista has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2008. Before practicing with a specific focus in Applied Behavior Analysis, Krista worked as an early head start teacher, family advocate, residential youth counselor, and child protection caseworker. These opportunities provided valuable experience working with individuals and families affected by poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse, special emotional and behavioral needs, mental illness, abuse and trauma, and developmental disabilities. Since 2009, Krista has been working as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst providing in home behavior consulting and Applied Behavior Analysis services to children and adults affected by Autism and other developmental disabilities. Her professional interests include parent training and working to identify ways in which Applied Behavior Analysis can be utilized to enhance family interactions and parent – child relationships. Krista is currently preparing to sit for the National Counselors Exam towards a License in Professional Counseling. Krista enjoys spending time with her family, taking her kids camping and exploring the outdoors.

 

Leadership Team:

 

Courtney Erker, B.A.

Junior Consultant

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Courtney Erker is working on her Masters in Education with emphasis in ABA and will sit for her BCBA certification in June of 2017. Courtney has experience working with kids and adults with developmental disabilities and dual mental health diagnoses in multiple settings including summer camps, inpatient programs and home/clinic ABA programs. Courtney most recently worked as a case manager with adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities through Imagine! and worked closely with BCBAs  and other service providers to help provide support to adults living independently or with their families. Courtney enjoys rock climbing, reading, running and yoga in her free time.

 

Kristen M. Hale, M.A., BCBA

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Kristen Hale is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Master’s degree in Special Education from Brandman University. She has worked with individuals from ages 2-27, across a variety of disabilities and diagnoses within the home, school and clinic based settings. Kristen started her ABA career at The California Autism Foundation’s, A Better Chance School in 2008. She has worked for Easterseals North Bay in which she helped establish a pilot ABA program and Lily Learning Center, an ABA based school. Kristen has also worked in the Washington, DC area where she specialized in Early Intervention. Kristen’s professional interests include natural environment training, early intervention and parent training. In her free time Kristen enjoys reading, gardening, backpacking, scuba diving and traveling.

 

Katelyn Kendrick, B.A., RBT Certified

Junior Consultant

Katelyn Kendrick is a Masters student at the University of Cincinnati an
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Jana Neville, M.Ed.

Junior Consultant

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Jana was born and raised in Utah and completed her undergraduate work at Utah State University in the field of Family and Human Development with an emphasis in Deaf Education. This included the things she loves most-working with families and children and those with special needs.  She later received her Early Intervention Credential from the state of Utah before beginning her graduate work.   Jana received a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2015, from Arizona State University. She is preparing to sit for her BCBA exam in August of 2016. Jana has spent time working in Early Head Start classrooms, home visiting in Early Intervention programs, and also working in homes doing ABA therapy and behavior consultation for clients of various ages. In her free time, Jana enjoys playing sports, playing the piano, and spending time with her husband.

 

Briana McKinney, MS, BCBA, MT-BC

Senior Consultant

 

Briana McKinney is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Board Certified Music Therapist. She received her Bachelor’s of Music Therapy from Cleveland State University in 2011. She received her Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University in 2014. She has been working with children with special needs since 2011. She has experience working with traumatic brain injury, stroke, anxiety and mood disorders, seizure disorders, and developmental delays. Her professional interests include early intervention, skill acquisition, and parent training. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, and running. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

 

Alisha Peterson, MS

Junior Consultant
alisha-peterson-crop-150x150Alisha Peterson was born and raised in Colorado.  She completed her undergraduate at Metropolitan State College of Denver in Psychology.  Alisha went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in School counseling and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and will begin completing hours toward BCBA certification in January.  Alisha has worked in the mental health field for the past 10 years and has worked with children ages 3-13 impacted from trauma, abuse, and complex mental health.  Alisha has worked with varying levels of developmental delays and behaviors.  She has spent the majority of her professional career focusing on effective behavioral interventions for the children and families she served.  In her free time, Alisha loves spending time with her husband, three kids, friends, and family.

 

Ryann Prawlucki, B.A.

Junior Consultant

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Ryann Prawlucki graduated from Concordia University in the Spring of 2015 with a Masters of Education and an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.  Ryann has been teaching in blended preschool classrooms for the past few years.  Through these preschool classrooms, Ryann was able to gain ABA experience and currently preparing to take her Board Certified Behavior Analysis exam in 2016.  In her free time, Ryann enjoys reading, crafting, skiing, hiking, camping, fishing and anything else outdoors with her husband and two dogs.

 

Erin Sweeny, M.S., BCBA

Board Certified/Licensed Behavior Analyst

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Erin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Master’s of Science degree in Educational Psychology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Erin has worked with individuals aged 2-22 with a wide range of diagnoses, including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADHD, Seizure disorders, and Emotional Disturbance. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2015, she worked at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia from 2009-2012 where she was a Behavior Data Analyst and Clinical Specialist in the Severe Behavior Day Treatment Clinic. From 2012-2014, she worked at Integrated Behavioral Solutions, Inc. as a behavioral therapist providing ABA therapy in home, community, and school settings. In 2014, she worked as a Sr. Behavior Consultant and assisted in the development of New Day Leaning and Behavior Strategies, Inc. Erin also worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in the department of Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders at Georgia State University.  Her professional interests include severe problem behavior, parent training, and the integration of intensive behavioral interventions with education. Erin’s personal interests include snowboarding, hiking, CrossFit, and anything outdoors with her dog.

 

Bryan Tanner, M.S., BCBA

Board Certified/Licensed Behavior Analyst

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Bryan Tanner is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2004. He has worked with individuals aged 18 months to 19 years across many developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses, including many forms of autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. Bryan has provided ABA consultation, counseling, and trainings within family homes, public schools, private schools, and social skills groups. He began his career working with a social skills group in 2002, then with the Early Start Denver Model at the Aspen Center for Autism (now Firefly) in Denver from 2005 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2015. Between those stints he worked as clinician, supervisor, clinical director, and/or owner of small organizations either setting up new practices or growing/shifting the clinical focus of established practices in California and his home state of Louisiana. Bryan’s personal interests include working on his farm and with his animals (alpacas, goats, chickens, cats, a dog, three goldfish and counting…), relaxing at home, and exploring the world together with his wife. 

Staff:

Amanda Harris, RBT
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Brittany Nedderman, ABA Instructor
img_20160608_075829960-150x150     Bill McKinney, RBT
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fullsizerender-1-150x150  Jane Rolland, ABA Instructor
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