Colorado Springs – North

6189 Lehman Dr
Suite 202
Colorado Springs, CO  80918
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Trumpet Behavioral Health – Colorado Springs Provides Leading Autism Therapy Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and therapists collaborate with educators, healthcare providers, families, and most importantly, each person we serve. At Trumpet, we utilize a multi-layered approach to serving our clients: from our in-house insurance team to our financial consult, we make the process of accessing services as seamless as possible.

We believe clients come first. We strive to live out this value each day in all that we do.

Our Clinical Team

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Catherine Bladow

Clinical Director
BCBA

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Catherine Bladow

Clinical Director
BCBA
Years Working in Field: 24

Catherine Bladow is a Speech and Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She received her Masters Degree in Communication Disorders from University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2006.  She has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities for over 20 years.  Catherine has worked in a variety of settings including; public schools, community re-entry programs, and private practice.  She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) , Colorado Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA) and the Association of Behavior Analysts International (ABAI).

Education

M.S. in Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, 1982
B.S. in Communication Disorders, North Dakota State, 1981
BCBA in , St. Cloud State University, 2006

Philosophy of Care

To achieve the best possible outcome for all consumers!  I am passionate about identifying what motivates people to learn no matter how challenging. I find that no two days are ever the same and that is what makes this such a fun and exciting place to be.

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Emily Patrizi

Senior Clinician
MS, BCBA

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Emily Patrizi

Senior Clinician
MS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 12

Emily Patrizi graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education in 2007 from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.  After teaching individuals with autism in the public school system for three years, she began Sage Graduate School.  In 2012, Emily completed her Master of Science in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and obtained her BCBA certification.  Emily has worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities for over eight years in group homes and public schools, in addition to providing home and center based behavior analytic services

Education

BCBA in , Sage Graduate School, 2012
M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism, Sage Graduate School, 2012
BS in Elementary and Special Education, East Stroudsburg University, 2007

Philosophy of Care

I entered the education field to improve the lives of children with developmental disabilities.  After teaching in an autism support classroom for ages K-5 for three years, I wanted to improve my knowledge of research based interventions.  I heard many misconceptions of Applied Behavior Analysis, but also knew of the extensive research base, so I decided to pursue my MA in the field.  I now implement behavior analytic interventions on a daily basis to improve socially significant behaviors in the lives of the individuals I serve.  My goal is to identify areas of need in an individuals life and teach replacement behaviors to address skill deficits and decrease challenging behaviors.  The final outcome is always to improve the individual’s life and interaction with his or her environment.

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Sarah Bunch

Clinician
MEd, BCBA

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Sarah Bunch

Clinician
MEd, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 13

Sarah Bunch is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated with her Bachelor of Art in K-12 Special Education in 2009 and her Master of Arts in Autism and Special Education in 2013, both from Regis University in Colorado Springs. In 2013, she began her BCBA coursework at Florida Technical Institute, and earned her BCaBA in October 2014 and her BCBA August 2015. Sarah has worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities for over thirteen years in both public schools as a teacher and paraprofessional, in addition to providing home and center based behavior analytic services.

Education

MEd in Special Education - Autism, Regis University, 2014
BA in Special Education, Regis University, 2009

Philosophy of Care

After working in an autism support classroom six years and teaching a serious emotional disabilities class for five years, I wanted to improve my knowledge of research based interventions. After starting in the field of ABA in 2007, I knew that I wanted to implement behavior analytic interventions, and pursued my master’s degree and started my BCBA coursework. My goal is to address skill deficits and decrease challenging behavior to increase the quality of life for the families I serve.

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Molly Shireman

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Molly Shireman

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 6

I became interested in working in the field after growing up with an older brother with autism. I started taking classes in behavior analysis at the University of Kansas and spent several semesters in a research clinic and a classroom for children with autism. After graduation, I spent 3 years at the University of Houston – Clear Lake obtaining my master’s degree. During my time there, I gained experience in the public school system, university-based autism clinics, and conducting research.

Education

MA in Behavior Analysis, University of Houston - Clear Lake, 2015
BA in Applied Behavioral Sciences, University of Kansas,

Philosophy of Care

I really enjoy learning and working in the field of behavior analysis. My favorite part is when significant changes can be seen by the caregivers in the client’s life.

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Meg Solomon

Clinician
MEd, BCBA

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Meg Solomon

Clinician
MEd, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 3

Meg Solomon has always been inspired by what makes each of us unique and individual. Working in ABA is something that comes naturally to her, and she loves to watch her clients grow and progress with each program. She first began her career in Los Angeles where she worked both in the home setting and as a school shadow. She specialized in sibling interaction training, potty training, verbal behavior, discrete trial and incidental teaching methods.

Meg was awarded a scholarship from Baylor university in Waco, Texas to obtain her master of science of educational psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. In Texas, she continued to serve clients of all ages and broadened her scope of service.

Education

M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis, Baylor University, 2015
B.A. in Music , Southwestern University, 2004

Philosophy of Care

Meg enjoys keeping abreast of new developments and research within the field of ABA in order to provide the best service possible to each of her clients and their families.

When Meg is not working, she is cooking in the kitchen or enjoying outdoors by hiking and fly fishing with her husband, son, and her golden retriever.

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Katherine Donahoe

Clinician
MS, BCBA

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Katherine Donahoe

Clinician
MS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 4

Katherine Donahoe first learned about applied behavior analysis when volunteering at the Intensive Autism Services Delivery Clinic during her undergraduate years at West Virginia University. As she watched her clients communicate, learn, and engage, she experienced the joy of working with children with disabilities and saw the growth possible through applied behavior analysis. Katherine graduated from WVU with degrees in Psychology and Communication Studies, then went on to get her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities through Auburn University. At Auburn, Katherine worked in a preschool, an outpatient clinic, and a residential facility, working with and programming for clients ranging from 3-21 years old. She has served clients with a range of disabilities and challenging behaviors and has trained school aides, undergraduates, families, and graduate students to work with the individuals she served. Following graduation from Auburn, Katherine completed a year-long fellowship at the Virginia Institute of Autism, where she continued to apply applied behavior analytic strategies to teach and train others to teach early learner skills, functional communication, social skills, and appropriate replacements for challenging behavior. Katherine has presented posters on her collaborative research at conferences in both the behavior analytic and pediatric psychology fields.

Education

M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities, Auburn University, 2015
B.A. in Psychology and Communication Studies, West Virginia University, 2014

Philosophy of Care

I look forward to working in this field every day because of the incredible effect ABA can have on our clients and their families. Providing clinic-based services allows us to focus all of our training and energy on improving the lives of our clients, and the staff and family training that follows can extend that improved quality of life to our clients’ loved ones. Training parents and family members how to teach and learn with our clients when they are outside the clinic is a beautiful thing, and the growth that follows consistency across environments can make a world of difference to those we serve.

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Gale Mertes

Clinician
MS Ed, BCBA

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Gale Mertes

Clinician
MS Ed, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 8

Gale began working in a elementary special education classroom as an intern in 2008. In undergraduate schooling at the University of Tennessee at Martin, she pursued a BA in Psychology with an emphasis in child development simultaneously with a BA in Spanish. Once completing her Bachelors degrees, Gale obtained a Masters of Science in Special Education with Advanced Studies in ABA from Montana State University-Billings. She then received certification as a BCBA in August, 2016.

Education

MS.Ed. in Special Education Advanced Studies in ABA, Montana State University, Billings, 2014
B.A. in Psychology, University of Tennessee at Martin, 2011
B.A. in Spanish, University of Tennessee at Martin, 2011

Philosophy of Care

From my childhood, watching my mother as a special education teacher, my love for these kids, their families and needs grew into a pursuit of a career. Working with children with developmental disabilities is both the most challenging and rewarding thing I have done. Through ABA I have seen families, teachers and the children with disabilities they love and work with learn new ways to grow and overcome many of the challenges they face. It is this process that I am not only a fan, but a believer, in the possibilities within ABA and what can be achieved when we work together.

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Noelle Drake

Associate Clinician
BCaBA

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Noelle Drake

Associate Clinician
BCaBA
Years Working in Field: 10

Noelle is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2009.  Noelle completed her coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology in 2011.  She has been working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder other developmental disabilities since 2003 in a variety of settings including the home, center, school, and community. Noelle is passionate about helping those with autism spectrum disorder acquire and generalize socially significant skills to help them reach their full potential.

Education

BCaBA in 2011, Florida Institute of Technology, 2011
B.A. in Psychology, University of Missouri - St. Louis, 2009

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Our Colorado Springs – North 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

We accept most major insurance plans as well as CWA and CES waivers for ABA Therapy for Autism. We are not able to accept straight Medicaid at this time because Medicaid does not cover ABA services. However, we do offer payment plans for private pay for individuals that only have straight Medicaid.

  • Aetna
  • Anthem/BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Kaiser Standard
  • Humana (LifeSynch)
  • Magellan
  • Medicaid – CES
  • Medicaid – CWA
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • Tricare Insurance
  • United Behavioral Health
  • Value Options

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

Social Skills Group

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

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

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