Professionally Trained Staff
At Behavior Frontiers, we believe in providing extensive training to our own staff members, so that they have the skills they need to effectively help children with a range of behavior challenges. Our behavior instructors receive initial, in-office instruction and practice in autism, ABA methods, data collection, and ethical issues. They also receive trainings in specialized topics, such as school shadowing, social facilitation, play skills training, toilet training, Picture Exchange Communication System, Non-violent Crisis Intervention, and more.
Additionally, our behavior instructors have completed competency-based training in which they accurately and independently implemented these ABA methods with children with autism and other special needs. All our behavior instructors have also passed both written and field evaluations demonstrating their proficiency with understanding and using these techniques.
Furthermore, our senior behavior instructors and our behavior supervisors have completed advanced competency-based trainings related to their positions.
Behavior Frontiers understands that it is necessary for your child’s case supervisor to monitor your student’s behavior intervention program on a frequent basis so that the details of your child’s specific needs are fully understood and targeted.
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Helen Mader is the co-founder and executive director of Behavior Frontiers, LLC, a non-public agency providing applied behavior analysis (ABA) services to individuals with autism and other special needs. Mrs. Mader holds a Master of Arts degree in psychology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has been providing ABA services to individuals with autism since 1998. She has extensive experience with and has developed trainings on the principles of behavior, discrete trial training (DTT), naturalistic teaching strategies (NaTS), functional assessments, verbal behavior, social facilitation, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), school shadowing, toileting, and play skills. Mrs. Mader also specializes in the design and implementation advanced curriculum, such as in the areas of perspective taking and complex social/emotional understanding. At Behavior Frontiers, she is dedicated to providing high quality ABA services, using empirically proven methods aimed at reaching each client’s maximum potential.
Regional Clinical Director – Bakersfield, Palmdale, Pasadena, Sacramento, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, San Jose, & Ventura, CA; Boulder & Denver, CO; Austin & Dallas, TX; Michigan and Missouri
Heather Hettinger is currently attending Cal Southern (PsyD program) pursuing her doctorate in Psychology. She received her Master’s degree in Special Education with a focus in Severe Emotional Disturbances from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. After four years as a Special Education teacher in a classroom setting, she chose to pursue further education in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). She completed her course work to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at the University of West Florida. Since moving to California, Heather has worked as a Behavior Therapist, Case Manager, and Clinical Supervisor working one-on-one with children with autism and with their families in the home, school, and community settings. Heather is trained in ABA using Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Verbal Behavior (VB), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), and Natural Environment Training (NET) methods. Heather has years of experience working directly with families, regional centers, schools, and insurance companies. Her skill set includes curriculum development, program design, ABA teaching techniques, assessments, and parent and staff training. Heather has dedicated her career to providing the best possible assistance to individuals with special needs.
Regional Clinical Director - Orange County, Riverside & Temecula Region
Carrine Pilkington, or Carrie, received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s of science degree in educational psychology – marriage and family option from California State University, Long Beach. She completed her course work to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at National University, Los Angeles. She has been a BCBA since March, 2009 and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) since April, 2013. She began working with children with special needs in 2004 and is dedicating to helping families and children with autism and special needs access exceptional services and behavior intervention. Carrie is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) using Discrete Trail Training (DTT), Verbal Behavior (VB), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Natural Environmental Teaching (NATs) methods and is a certificated PEERS provider through UCLA’s PEERS Program. Carrie offers a variety of superior experience and skills ranging from curriculum development, program design, ABA teaching techniques, assessments, parent and staff training.
Regional Clinical Director – Long Beach, South East LA, West LA & South Bay Region
Rosi deDomenico is excited to be a part of Behavior Frontiers’ Executive Leadership team. Rosi earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University, where she also minored in Spanish. Later, she attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where she received her Master's degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, while completing coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Rosi has worked in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders since 1999, and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2004. Her emphases and strengths are in the areas of positive behavior supports, development of functional communication and pro-social and behaviors for clients, parent and caregiver education in behavior analytic principles and strategies, and on-going staff development.