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Trumpet Behavioral Health Provides Leading ABA Therapy for Autism and Related Disorders for Families in the San Jose Area.

We provide consulting, education, and training for parents, educators, and healthcare professionals. Our highly skilled, passionate staff and Board Certified consultants work hard to provide the best possible behavior management outcomes.

As part of our mission to provide the best possible behavior management outcomes, our San Jose Autism Center offers parent workshops, presentations, and more. Contact our office today for information on the wide variety of services we offer for children with ASDs and other related developmental disabilities.

Our Clinical Team

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Catherine Miltenberger

Clinical Director
PhD, BCBA-D

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Catherine Miltenberger

Clinical Director
PhD, BCBA-D
Years Working in Field: 12

I completed my doctoral degree at Claremont Graduate University and have held positions at the Koegel Autism Center, Stanford University, and the Claremont Autism Center.  I am very excited to now be a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Trumpet Behavioral Health. I am also involved in conducting research that contributes to the ongoing effort to develop and provide maximally effective interventions to the growing population of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  My work has been published in professional journals and books and has been presented at national and international professional conferences.

Education

Ph.D. in Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, 2013
M.A. in Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, 2011
B.A. in Psychology, University of California - Santa Barbara, 2007

Philosophy of Care

When I began working with children with autism and their families, I was amazed at the progress the children demonstrated when provided with the appropriate support.  This experience inspired me to build my skills so that I could give children with autism and their families the support that helps them to succeed and increase their quality of life.  I use a family-centered approach and empirically supported, behaviorally-based intervention strategies (e.g., discrete trial teaching, naturalistic teaching strategies, peer-mediated interventions, parent training) to increase functional communication, social, and adaptive skills and decrease problem behaviors of children with autism and other disabilities.

Jennifer Herbert

Senior Clinician
BCBA

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Jennifer Herbert

Senior Clinician
BCBA
Years Working in Field: 25

Jennifer was a co-founder of Enriching the Lives of Children with Autism (ELCA) which was founded in 2002.  She worked as a director and consultant at ELCA for over 10 years until ELCA joined the TBH team. Jennifer has conducted countless parent, staff and professional trainings and has developed school based social skills programs for multiple districts.  Jennifer has also developed clinic based social skills groups as well as home and school based programs.

Education

M.A. in Special Education, San Jose State University, 2002
B.A. in Child Development, San Jose State University, 1995

Philosophy of Care

The most gratifying part of working with children with autistic spectrum disorders is to provide a child and his/her family with the opportunity to maximize their potential in critical areas of development.  After finding my way into this field while a college student, my desire to continue my education and experience grew exponentially and I continue to be driven towards current research, developing innovative programs and gaining additional experience and knowledge from other professionals in the field.  I am grateful to be able to make a difference and to enrich the lives of children with autism.

Christina Sanders

Senior Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Christina Sanders

Senior Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 10

I began working with children in 2002 in a childcare setting. I really enjoyed spending time with children and seeing how I could impact their lives in a positive manner. I joined the ABA field in 2007 to expand my knowledge of how to support children with developmental delays and Autism. Once I joined the field I have never looked back!

Education

MA in Applied Behavior Analysis, Ball State University, 2014
BA in Child and Adolescent Development, San Jose State University, 2011

Philosophy of Care

I absolutely love the work we get to do at Trumpet Behavioral Health and watching how we can change the lives of the client and their families! It is challenging to problem solve barriers to progress at times and I like that we have to be fresh on our clinical knowledge. I love how appreciative our clients and their families are for our support which makes all the hard work worth it!

Angelica Aguirre

Post Doctoral Fellow
PhD, BCBA

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Angelica Aguirre

Post Doctoral Fellow
PhD, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 10

I recently received my Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Since 2007, I have been providing behavioral services in center-based, school-based, and in-home settings for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. My main area of interest is designing and implementing empirical, evidence-based interventions for people with and without disabilities in various academic settings. Since 2009, I have focused on evaluating basic and complex verbal behavior, private events, derived relational responding, social skills, and classroom behavior management. I have published in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and the International Journal of Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I also co-authored a chapter in Adults with autism spectrum disorders: Evidence-based and promising practices edited by Andy Bondy and Matt Tincani. In addition, I have presented my research at numerous state and national ABA conferences as well as have taught behavioral-analytic courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Education

PhD in Rehabilitation emphasis in Behavior Analysis and Therapy , Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2015
MA in Psychology emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis , California State University, Fresno, 2012
BA in Psychology, California State University, Fresno, 2009

Philosophy of Care

In 2007, I had my first Behavior Analysis course and was immediately hooked. What I love the most about this field is being able to use a scientific approach to study behavior in order to make socially, significant changes especially with the families I have work with. It is imperative for me to always put my clients first and to find the most effective ways to collaborate best with their families and other team members on how we can better support my clients.

Wai-Ling Wu

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Wai-Ling Wu

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 6

I began working with children with developmental disabilities in 2011 while I was an undergraduate at UCLA. After graduation, I worked as a therapist, providing in-home and in-school ABA services to children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. I found the experience to be extremely rewarding and decided to pursue my master’s degree in ABA at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. During this time, I developed my research and clinical skills by working in various specialty clinics and participating in research projects. My experiences have allowed me to work with children, teachers, and parents in the home, school, clinic, and community settings.

Education

M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis , University of Houston - Clear Lake , 2016
B.A. in Psychology , University of California, Los Angeles , 2011

Philosophy of Care

I firmly believe in using evidence-based approaches to provide the most ethical and effective interventions to families. I believe that collaboration with the family and everyone else involved in the child’s care is key to the child’s success. I love seeing a child make small steps towards their goals and being able to share that progress with their families. Each family I work with helps me grow into a better clinician and a better person.

Kara Schenk

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Kara Schenk

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 9

I began working with adults and children with special needs during high school, where I volunteered as a swim instructor and life guard at a rehabilitation center. I pursued a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a focus in atypical child development. During my undergraduate work, I was employed at a school district providing ABA therapy to children both in the classroom and home setting.

Education

MA in Applied Behavior Analysis, Ball State University, 2013

Philosophy of Care

I love working with children and families living with autism and ABA gives me the opportunity to make a difference in their lives. My experience comprises many settings including classroom, in home, 1:1 and group.

Christina Henderson

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Christina Henderson

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 7

After watching the impact of a diagnosis of a developmental disability on a close family friend’s son I found my passion helping children, adolescents, and their families with applied behavior analysis. My education has been built on a strong foundation of the principles of behavior with intensive hands-on experience practicing my skills and teaching the principles of behavior to others. I have worked with a wide range of individuals from toddlers in an early intensive behavior intervention classroom to a residential center for adolescents with severe problem behavior.

Education

M.A. in Behavior Analysis, Western Michigan University, 2014
B.S. in Psychology, Western Michigan University, 2012

Philosophy of Care

My devotion to the children and education in the science of human behavior has helped me see the difference that ABA can make to enhance the lives of others. I utilize the principles of applied behavior analysis to provide best practices for children and rely on research-based decisions, each of which are tailored to each child’s strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, my goal is to help children become independent learners so they may thrive in their environment and increase their quality of life.

Elisa Sosa

Clinician
MS, BCBA

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Elisa Sosa

Clinician
MS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 6

I began working in the field of applied behavior analysis soon after I graduated from UC Santa Barbara where I received my bachelor’s in psychology. I quickly discovered my passion for implementing behavior analytic interventions for children with developmental disabilities. Within a year I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my master’s degree in counseling and applied behavior analysis. Throughout my schooling I worked as a one-to-one behavior technician in the home and school settings. After graduation I moved back to my home town of San Jose to begin my work as a newly certified behavior analyst.

Education

MS in Counseling, California State University, Los Angeles, 2014
BA in Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, 2011

Philosophy of Care

I believe in providing the most effective services to every child I work with and his/her family. It is my philosophy that the collaboration and participation of all those involved in a child’s life results in the best outcome. Therefore, I strive to work alongside the family and caregivers when developing goals and implementing programs. As a team we can all help your child succeed.

Mary Howell

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Mary Howell

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 6

I was introduced to the field of ABA when I was pursuing my undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University. I was immediately drawn to the systematic way of analyzing behavior and developed a passion to use the principles of behavior to help improve the lives of developmentally disabled individuals. My background is built on a strong knowledge of these principles, how to apply them to a wide range of individuals in various settings, and training others to use and apply them.

Education

MA in Applied Behavior Analysis, Western Michigan University, 2015
BA in Psychology, Western Michigan University, 2013

Philosophy of Care

I love applying the principles of ABA to children and their families because it is immensely rewarding to improve their lives in any way possible. The amazing individuals I work with inspire me every day to continue to work hard to maximize their potential. I strive to provide the most effective and research based interventions to increase independence in the individuals I serve.

Samantha Roan

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Samantha Roan

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 6

While I always knew I wanted to pursue a career helping children achieve their full potential, it wasn’t until working toward my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Northern Arizona University that I knew for certain I wanted to work with children on the autism spectrum. I found my passion by running social skills groups for school-aged children with ASD and through working in a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. Following my degree I became a behavior therapist at a local Autism Center to learn more about the field. Within the year, I moved to Michigan where I obtained my Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis. While at Western Michigan University, I was fortunate enough to gain both a strong background in the principles of behavior as well as two years of hands-on experience using ABA in an Early Intervention Special Education Classroom. Following the completion of my degree, I moved to California to practice as a newly certified behavior analyst eager to change the world!

Education

MA in Behavior Analysis, Western Michigan University, 2015
BS in Psychology, Northern Arizona University, 2012

Philosophy of Care

Working with every new child provides a new perspective and a new experience upon which I build my clinical perspective. Every child is different, and every child deserves individualized programming tailored to meet his or her unique needs. It is my philosophy that having a strong foundation in the principles of behavior is a key component to providing the most effective services with the children in which we serve. I love spending each day working with children who smile, laugh, and love to learn. I strive to enjoy learning as much as them, and will continue to learn what it takes to provide best practice services to these very deserving children.

Amy Harbison

Clinician
MEd, BCBA

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Amy Harbison

Clinician
MEd, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 9

I was a peer volunteer at a school for children with severe disabilities for several years, starting when I was in elementary school. As an adult, I have worked with children with disabilities since 2008. I completed both my B.S. and M.Ed. in special education at Texas State University. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate in the special education department at Vanderbilt University, researching communication in young preverbal children with autism spectrum disorder. My experience includes work with children with ASD ranging in age from 2-13 years in home, clinic, school, and community settings.

Education

M.Ed. in Special Education - Autism & ABA, Texas State University, 2013
B.S. in Special Education, Texas State University, 2009

Philosophy of Care

I enjoy providing ABA therapy to children with ASD because it is effective. Having the science-based tools to enable changes that have a observable and beneficial impact on a child’s life is a privilege, and seeing those tools work never gets old.

Laura Leon

Associate Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Laura Leon

Associate Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 8

I first came across Applied Behavior Analysis as an undergraduate. I took a course on the basic principles of behavior and I absolutely loved the systematic and scientific approach to changing behavior. I joined an autism research lab shortly after and I knew then, that working with kiddos with special needs was my calling. My experience at the research lab included but was not limited to: data taking, graphing, implementing scientifically based interventions, conducting parent training, and conducting assessments and intakes under the supervision of a BCBA. I decided to pursue a master’s degree in Behavioral Clinical Psychology and graduated in 2013 from California State University, Northridge. I then took time to gain further experience by working with children in their homes and schools. I became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in November of 2014.

Education

MA in Behavioral Clinical Psychology, California State University, Northridge, 2013
BA in Psychology and Sociology, California State University, Northridge, 2009

Philosophy of Care

I became inspired to pursue a career in Applied Behavior Analysis after an encounter I had with a parent. She was a mom whom I met at the autism research lab. One day, she brought in her child for a session and her phone rang. Her ring tone was a song that talked about not giving up. She looked at me and said, “I will never give up on my son.” In that moment, I decided I would never give up on a child either, and I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to work alongside parents to make the lives of their loved ones the best that they could be.

Jenny Jones

Associate Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Jenny Jones

Associate Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 5

I was introduced to the field of ABA in 2011 when I was pursuing my undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University. Aftering signing up for a intro to behavior analysis course on a whim, I was surprised by my overwhelming interest in the real life application of the basic principles of behavior. I spent the remaining of my undergraduate semesters taking as many behavior analysis courses as I could and filling my schedule with practicum experience implementing discrete trial with children with autism. I remained at Western Michigan University to complete a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism and Organizational Behavior Management (OBM).

Education

M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis, Western Michigan University, 2016
B.A. in Psychology- Behavioral Science, Western Michigan University, 2014

Philosophy of Care

I love being able to tailor ABA therapy to fit the specific needs of the client! There is nothing more important than improving the quality of clients lives and I love seeing the positive impact ABA makes. My favorite aspects of ABA are the “little victories” that come with successful therapy, as it is those little victories that accumulate into large, noticeable goals and accomplishments. My experience comprises of special education classrooms providing one-on-one DTT therapy, supervision of therapists working directly with clients, and center and home-based case-management.

Ben Ficociello

Associate Clinician
MS

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Ben Ficociello

Associate Clinician
MS
Years Working in Field: 4

I began working in the field of ABA after finishing my undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. I have worked in a number of settings, including homes, hospitals and schools alike. I pursued my Masters in Science with my concentration in ABA starting in January of 2015. I completed my practicum hours, finished my classes as of May 2017 and will be sitting for my BCBA exam this fall which is very exciting!

Education

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis , Northeastern University , 2017
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology , University of Massachusetts - Amherst , 2013

Philosophy of Care

One of the pillars of ABA is that all decisions regarding treatments need to be evidence-based. This is one of the many reasons that I love ABA. It is important to know that a particular intervention is responsible for a change in an individual’s behavior, rather than other variables that were not accounted for. I love working with children who have autism because I have seen first-hand the difference that ABA can make in an individual’s life. Whether it’s early intervention or working with adults, ABA works. I believe that a passion for helping people achieve their potential, combined with ABA, can help individuals and their families achieve a lot!

Avery Blackburn

Associate Clinician
BCBA

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Avery Blackburn

Associate Clinician
BCBA
Years Working in Field: 2

I have always had a passion for teaching children to learn new skills; It wasn’t until working toward my Bachelor’s degree at Valparaiso University that I found the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). I was introduced to ABA through a practicum course where I worked with students with autism, ages 8-13, with very low academic and functional living skills; and it changed my life forever. I finally found a way to use my passion, that would also result in measurable and observable behavior changes! After graduating from Valpo, I pursued a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University with an emphasis in autism and Organizational Behavior Management (OBM). During my education, I focused on early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) in a classroom setting as well as transitioning children between our EIBI classroom to a group skills room.

Education

M.A. in ABA with an emphasis in Autism and OBM , Western Michigan University , 2017
B.A. in Psychology , Valparaiso University , 2015

Philosophy of Care

My passion for working with children arose from my mom who is a preschool teacher. She taught me that dedication, hard work, and compassion can make the work you do much more meaningful for your student as well as that student’s family. It is my belief that using these qualities while applying empirically supported strategies can result in great behavioral changes! Thus, my philosophy of care involves a family-centered approach using behavior-based interventions. What I get most excited for in ABA is seeing achievement. It is incredibly rewarding to reach that goal you’ve been working toward. For me every victory, no matter how small, is celebrated as a big success!

My experience involves using ABA in early intervention settings, discrete-trial-training (DTT), and applying behavior principles in group skill settings.

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Our San Jose Autism Center Offers:

  • Insurance Specialists to help families navigate ABA therapy coverage options
  • Coordinated therapy across all providers & physicians
  • Parent training and support
  • Individualized programming for each consumer
  • Free Insurance Eligibility Review
  • Board Certified Clinicians

Insurance Information

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Premera Microsoft
  • Magellan
  • Cigna
  • LifeSynch
  • San Andreas Regional Center
  • The BHPN
  • TRICARE
  • United Behavioral Health

Center-Based ABA Therapy for Autism and Intervention Services

  • Initial educational and functional behavior assessments
  • 1:1 intensive ABA-based treatment focused on skill acquisition and problem behavior reduction
  • Functional communication and social skills
  • Practice transitioning and independence
  • Early group learning skills
  • Toilet training
  • Social skills groups, based on age and skill level

Benefits of Center-Based ABA Therapy

  • Training & Supervision
  • Clinician Collaboration
  • Social Skills
  • Generalization
  • School Readiness
  • Consistency of Services

Autism Services for Military Families

  • Verbal Behavior Assessment and Placement
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Functional communication
  • Social and play skills
  • Behavior management
  • Parent training
  • Pre-academic/Academic and school readiness

School-Based Services

  • Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs)
  • Functional Analysis Assessments (FAAs)
  • Program design, development & implementation
  • Individualized Positive Behavior Support Plans (PBSPs)
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention Plans (PBIPs)

Social Skills Group

  • Social thinking group
  • Grouping
  • Social skills play group
  • ‘Typical’ children are invited and encouraged to attend

In-home Intensive ABA-based Intervention Service

  • In-home therapy service for children with developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Focus on skill acquisition and behavior management
  • A combination of incidental teaching, social skill instruction, and structured teaching methods
  • 1:1 intensive ABA-based treatment focusing on skill acquisition and problem behavior reduction
  • Parent, sibling and other care giver involvement and participation during all phases of the therapy program
  • Toilet training

Supplementary Services

  • Behavior Consultation with school districts and families
  • Assistance accessing insurance funding for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Presentations and trainings for family groups and other professionals
  • Presentations and trainings covered in a wide range of topics