Virginia

Virginia: Autism Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment

Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance serves Northern Virginia, including Fairfax, Arlington, Falls Church, Prince William and Loudoun Counties, as well as the City of Alexandria and the City of Manassas. 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.

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1651 Old Meadow Road Suite 600
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: (800) 828.5659
Fax: (866) 857.0246

Missy Kupper M.Ed., BCBA

Clinical Director

MissyKupper_M.Ed.,BCBAMelissa Kupper M.Ed., BCBA: Ms. Kupper is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who holds a Master of Science in Education from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations from Michigan State University. She received extensive training in the education and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, with an emphasis in early intervention and elementary school age at the highly respected New England Center for Children, where she conducted research, teacher training and served as an education coordinator. She has worked extensively as a teacher of students with autism, emotional and behavior disorders at Collier County Public Schools, as well as overseeing an elementary Autism Program for Collier County Public Schools, utilizing ABA in a classroom setting. Her professional interests include early intervention, parent training and social skills.

 

Meghan Hoffman, M.Ed., BCBA

Clinical Director

MeghanHoffmanMs Hoffman has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for 15 years. She received her Masters in Special Education with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University in 2006 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She worked as a teacher and supervisor at The Ivymount School for 11 years serving students aged 5 through 21. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University teaching graduate level coursework approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and supervised graduate students in their internships through The University Practicum Program. Meghan continues to provide consultative services to families and schools, working with students aged 2 through 26. In addition to her role as consultant and professor, she provides trainings and workshops to schools and organizations throughout Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia.

 

Leadership Team:

Linda L. Isaza, M.S., BCBA

Board Certified/Licensed Behavior Analyst

LindaIsazaLinda Isaza is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Science degree in Counseling from NOVA Southeastern University. Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Rochester. She began her training at the highly respected New England Center for Children where she served as a case manager on a residential team. Linda has worked as an ABA therapist in schools that utilize ABA as their treatment methodology for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Her professional experience has also included providing in-home services with Beacon ABA Services with an emphasis on the Verbal Behavior Model for teaching functional communication and language skills. Her professional interests include early intervention, social skills, functional communication and parent training. She believes that every child has a unique skill set and is dedicated to helping each child develop those skills to reach their full potential.

Anneliza Ross, M.Ed. BCBAAnneliza Ross, M.Ed. BCBA

Board Certified/Licensed Behavior Analyst

Ms. Anneliza Ross is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Education. She earned her Master’s at University of Alaska Southeast. Liza earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University with a major in Psychology and a double minor in Spanish and Sociology. She began her career in 2000 and for over 10 years, she has taught students with a range of disabilities, such as, Autism, ADHD, Bi-polar, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Down Syndrome.

 

Elizabeth Sablan, M.A., BCBA

Board Certified/Licensed Behavior Analyst

Elizabeth Sablan

Elizabeth Sablan Is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Masters of Arts Degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Ball State University, IL. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Maryland College Park. Prior to beginning her graduate studies in ABA, Elizabeth worked Active Duty for the U.S. Army as a Medic/ Health Care Technician. She began her career in ABA as an instructor working primarily in the DC Metro area providing services to children with Autism over a wide range of ages. She has provided services through Early Intervention, School settings, and at home settings working on a wide range of skills and behaviors. Her professional interests include Parent Training, Functional Communication Training, and social skills.

 

Mary Von Witzleben, PhD, BCBA-DMary-AutiZm & More

Board Certified/Licensed Behavior Analyst-Doctoral

Mary earned her PhD in school psychology from University of South Florida in 1998 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2010. With over 20 years experience, Mary has worked as a teacher, a school psychologist, a school administrator and as an educational consultant throughout the United States.

 

Joshua Vickstrom, B.S., BCABA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Joshua Vickstrom is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. Joshua started provided direct services to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders in 2009 and pursued certification to provide higher quality services to this population. With over four years of experience, he has worked the gamut of the Autism Spectrum; serving clients between 2 years and 22 years of age with varying degrees of diagnosis severity. He has also worked with individuals that are typically developing, but have comorbid diagnoses, individuals with Down’s syndrome, and individuals with brain damage. Currently, Joshua provides in-home and school-based ABA consultation and instruction in Virginia and the District of Columbia, while coordinating the Teenage Social Group for high-functioning male teens. His professional interests include social skills development, natural environment teaching and language acquisition.

 

Meredith Kimener, B.A., BCABA

Board Certified/Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst
MeredithKimener

Mrs. Meredith Kimener is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and junior consultant with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has over 3 years experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum disorders and other related developmental disorders. She began her career as an instructor providing one-on-one in home ABA services for clients ranging in age from 2 to 18 years old as well as center-based instruction focusing on generalizing behaviors and social skills. Meredith continued her work and now provides in-home ABA consultation in Northern Virginia. Her professional interests including working with military families, natural environment teaching, and early intervention.

Alisa M. Huynh, BFA, BCABA

Board Certified/Licensed Behavior Analyst

Mrs. Huynh is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst who is currently obtaining her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Ball State University. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art from Rochester Institute of Technology where she also studied Clinical Psychology. Starting as a volunteer, she spent eight years working with children with special needs in early intervention programs in public schools and as a figure skating coach in the community. Since 2007, Alisa has been providing ABA services to children and young adults with autism and related disorders. Her professional interests include writing patient-specific research-based multi-component interventions, neurophysiological dysfunctions, and working with children and young adults with comorbid diagnoses.

 

Paola Romero, M.Ed.

Instructor/Junior Consultant

Paola Romero has a Master’s degree in SpecialPaola Romero, M.Ed Education with a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University. She is actively pursuing supervision to complete requirements to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam and has over 4 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Paola began her work in this field in 2011, as an ABA instructor in home settings with children between the ages of 4-6. Later, she worked as a Senior Teaching Assistant in the Autism Program at The Ivymount School located in Rockville, MD. In this position, Paola instructed students between the ages of 8-14 and was responsible for training other teachers and helping with classroom management. In 2013, she participated in a month long volunteer program in Cape Coast, Ghana helping a special needs school learn more about the principles of ABA and how to implement in the classroom. Her professional interests include furthering the use of ABA in other countries and the use of ABA in the public school settings.

 

Anh-Tram “Chum” Newcomb, B.A.

ABA Program Coordinator

ChumNewcomb“Chum” has a Bachelors of Arts degree from Wheaton College, MA and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. She previously worked with adults with ASD and other disabilities at the Cove Center, RI, providing relaxation therapy, teaching daily living skills, administering vocational assessments, and providing employment support and training. Chum also served as Senior Teaching Assistant in the Autism Program at The Ivymount School in Rockville, MD. There she worked with children in the 1:1 and small group setting with ages 8 to 17 providing ABA/VB instruction, as well as providing staff training and supervision. She also has extensive experience providing ABA/VB instruction in the residential setting to individuals on the spectrum from ages 3 to 56. Her professional interests include providing effective data-driven treatment plans for behavior intervention and skill acquisition, early intervention, and shaping language through natural environment teaching.

 

Melina McCrary, M.S., CCC-SLPMelindaMcCrary

Speech Language Pathologist

Ms. Melina McCrary is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist who holds a Master of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Gallaudet University and a Bachelor of Science degree in the fields of Health Sciences and Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Ms. McCrary worked with children on the autism spectrum across settings as a Residential Teacher at the Melmark School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

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