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Trumpet Behavioral Health – Peninsula Provides Leading Autism Therapy Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Our San Francisco Peninsula 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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Alexandra Kane

Clinical Director
MS, BCBA

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Alexandra Kane

Clinical Director
MS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 8

I became interested in ABA because I saw what an incredible impact it could have on both an individual and a family.  I love that no two days are the same.  Each child we serve has their own strengths and challenges, and seeing them grow each and every day is why I continue to do what I do. My experience comprises many settings including hospital based services, residential facilities, an integrated preschool, and center and home-based services.

Education

M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, Auburn University, 2013
B.A. in Psychology, University of Iowa, 2011

Philosophy of Care

I really like to believe that there are no limits as to how far a student can grow and learn.  We have the tools to help teach so many wonderful things, and knowing that we are not only improving the life of the student, but the lives of those who care for them is so rewarding.  It is so exciting to be able to show parents and caregivers how doing things just a little bit differently, or focusing on a specific skill, can have huge results for the children they love.

Kate Goldsmith

Senior Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Kate Goldsmith

Senior Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 9

Prior to moving to California, Kate worked with students with disabilities across home and school settings in and around New York City. Kate’s experience includes early intervention, using applied behavior analysis to maximize the effectiveness of inclusion settings, as well as community, school, and home based applications of behavior analysis.

Education

M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis, Columbia University Teachers College, 2010
B.A. in Psychology, Lafayette College, 2007

Christy Mandon

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Christy Mandon

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 13

I began working with children with developmental disabilities in college, where I was an one on one ABA therapist in preschool and home settings. This is when my passion for teaching children with developmental disabilities was sparked. The smallest gains were the biggest accomplishments in my eyes. Each child and family presented a new learning opportunity and I fell in love with being able to make a difference. I pursued my Board Certification as an Associate Behavior Analyst in the following years and went on to graduate school to receive my Early Childhood Special Education Credential and Masters at San Francisco State University. I have worked in a variety of settings as a behavior analyst and a special education preschool teacher in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Education

M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education, San Francisco State University, 2011
BCaBA in Behavior Analysis, Fitchburg State University, 2009

Philosophy of Care

I have always been drawn to working with children and knew I wanted to go into a field that helped children in need. Through my first exposure in college of ABA therapy, I knew it was the career path for me. I became intrigued by the complexities of developmental disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorders and became compelled to further advance my knowledge of ABA to provide evidence based interventions.

It thrills me to see gains made by applying reinforcement, shaping, and task analysis procedures to skills such as language acquisition, play skills, self- help, and social skills. Not only teaching children with developmental disabilities but teaching care givers how to implement ABA to improve areas of concern fascinates me. This field combines many areas of expertise and I love being able to be a child and play while running programs, a teacher while assessing, creating, and supervising programs, a clinician when looking at behaviors of concern, all while practicing family centered services as a behavior analyst.

Alison Bagneschi

Clinician - Speech Language Pathologist
MS, SLP

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Alison Bagneschi

Clinician - Speech Language Pathologist
MS, SLP
Years Working in Field: 28

My interest in this field sparked at an early age as I was initially inspired by my third grade teacher who was pursuing her master’s degree in special education. In High School I volunteered with a school based speech-language pathologist and upon graduation began pursuing an education in speech language pathology and audiology. I have been a licensed SLP for 15 years and have worked with various age groups in multiple settings. For the past 12 years I have primarily focused on the autism population for children between the ages of three to five and more specifically the birth to three population. I developed and led our “Shining Stars” program with a previous company starting 12 years ago. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue our “Shining Stars” infant-toddler program with TBH and to be part of an amazingly dedicated team of professionals.

Education

M.S. in Communication Disorders, San Francisco State University, 1999
B.S. in Speech Pathology & Audiology, California State University - Sacramento, 1997

Philosophy of Care

For as long as I can remember I have loved working with children and have strived to make a difference in the lives of others. I am continuously inspired by not only the children and families we work with in our “Shining Stars” infant-toddler development program, but the amazing professionals with whom I get to share this journey with. Early intervention is key. The collaborative approach we are able to embrace among professionals and our families changes lives daily. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to help the children in our community communicate with their loved ones and the world around them. Communication truly is at the very heart of living.

Brian Long

Associate Clinician
MS, BCBA

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Brian Long

Associate Clinician
MS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 9

I began working with children and young adults with developmental delays in 2008. I returned to college in 2012 to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. I interned under Dr. Michael Shea, Psy. D and Dr. Kelly Kates-McElrath, BCBA-D, at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 (BCIU) from 2013 to 2014. I then worked as a behavior analyst for the BCIU from 2014 to 2016. I have worked primarily in the education setting, but with a wide range of children with various needs. Some of these settings included emotional support, ABA services for students with Autism and other developmental delays, and multiple disability support.

Education

M.S. in Criminal Justice & ABA, Saint Joseph's University, 2014

Philosophy of Care

Everyone should have the opportunity to live as freely and happily as they possibly can. I believe ABA can provide people with the tools necessary to achieve goals, and increase their independence.

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Our San Francisco Peninsula 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
  • Cigna
  • Easter Seals
  • Golden Gate Regional Center
  • Health Plan of San Mateo (Medi-Cal)
  • Humana (LifeSynch)
  • Magellan
  • Medi-Cal
  • 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

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