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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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Layla Abby

Clinical Director
Ph.D., BCBA-D

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Layla Abby

Clinical Director
Ph.D., BCBA-D
Years Working in Field: 8
Layla fell in love with the field of applied behavior analysis while working at an all-inclusive preschool during her Masters in Psychology at Jacksonville State University, Alabama. At the preschool, Layla had the opportunity to work directly with typically developing children and children with developmental disabilities while serving as a case manager. Layla graduated with her Ph.D. in Special Education at Texas Tech University (TTU) and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Trumpet Behavioral Health. Layla is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral level and her experience include working with young children and young adults with developmental disabilities, conducting staff training, providing BCBA supervision, and serving as a teaching assistant for graduate level applied behavior analysis courses. Her research interests include staff training, vocational skills training, communication and adaptive skills and assessment and treatment for problem behavior.
 
Layla has served as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and Journal of Behavior Education Research, and has peer-reviewed publications in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Research in Developmental Disabilities, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, and Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities.
Education

Ph.D. in Special Education, Texas Tech University, 2014
M.S. in Psychology, Jacksonville State University, 2010
B.S. in Psychology & Physical Education, Jacksonville State University, 2006

Philosophy of Care

I became interested in behavior analysis when I started my coursework in the field, and I was “sold” when I was able to apply in real life what I learned in the classroom. There is nothing more rewarding to me than helping others. But, it is crucial to make an informed decision while providing services to our clients; it is as important to know a treatment is working, as to know when it isn’t so that modifications can be made. The science of behavior analysis allows us to make data based decisions while giving us the tools to be able to provide a better quality of life for our clients.

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Kate Goldsmith

Senior Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Kate Goldsmith

Senior Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 8

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

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Alexandra Kane

Senior Clinician
MS, BCBA

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Alexandra Kane

Senior Clinician
MS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 7

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.

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Christy Mandon

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Christy Mandon

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 12

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.

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Alison Bagneschi

Clinician - Speech Language Pathologist
MS, SLP

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Alison Bagneschi

Clinician - Speech Language Pathologist
MS, SLP
Years Working in Field: 27

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.

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Taylor Sweatt

Associate Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Taylor Sweatt

Associate Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 6

I began in the field of behavior analysis by working in a research lab during my undergraduate career at Auburn University. I later completed an internship at the New England Center for Children in Massachusetts and worked at The Little Tree Preschool in Alabama. I went on to attend the University of Houston, Clear Lake to pursue my master’s degree in behavior analysis. There I worked as a therapist and held supervisory roles in the early intervention and verbal behavior clinics and served as a behavioral consultant in a school district.

Education

MA in Behavior Analysis, University of Houston, Clear Lake, 2015
BA in Psychology/Sociology, Auburn University, 2012

Philosophy of Care

I began my endeavor into the field of behavior analysis through research where I learned an appreciation for science and precision. After interning at the New England Center for Children, I developed a passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities and learned how to put the science into practice. I deeply appreciate the field of behavior analysis and the way it holds autonomy, independence, and respect for populations served as a primary concern.

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Brian Long

Associate Clinician
MS, BCBA

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Brian Long

Associate Clinician
MS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 8

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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Haley Krentz

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Haley Krentz

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 3

My passion for working with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities began when I was in grade school volunteering with Special Olympics. Those experiences inspired me to pursue a career providing services to individuals with disabilities. I attended the University of Missouri and obtained bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Health Sciences. In Missouri, I worked with a variety of mental health and behavioral health organizations until I discovered applied behavior analysis while interning with Missouri’s Department of Developmental Disabilities. Following graduation, I moved to Florida and attended the University of South Florida to earn a master of arts in Applied Behavior Analysis. My work in Florida included working in schools, homes, clinics, and an adult day center.

Education

MA in Applied Behavior Analysis, University of South Florida, 2015
BS in Health Sciences, University of Missouri, 2013
BA in Psychology, University of Missouri, 2013

Philosophy of Care

I am happy to have found my passion in life! I love improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families, through individualized, comprehensive approaches. It is through hard work, enthusiasm, and compassion that individual progress can be made and clinically significant outcomes can be achieved. The most rewarding aspect of working in this field is to observe individuals surpass their goals and family members rejoice over such accomplishments. My overall goal is to teach individuals to be independent learners and inspire lasting behavior change with clients and their families.

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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