Colorado Springs – South

2989 Broadmoor Valley Road
Suite D
Colorado Springs, Colorado  80906
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Trumpet Behavioral Health – Colorado Springs Provides Leading Autism Therapy Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Our Colorado Springs – South 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 autism therapy services as seamless as possible.

Our Clinical Team

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Emily Patrizi

Clinical Director
MS, BCBA

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Emily Patrizi

Clinical Director
MS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 13

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.

Katherine Donahoe

Clinician
MS, BCBA

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Katherine Donahoe

Clinician
MS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 5

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.

Jessica Cheatham

Clinician
MS

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Jessica Cheatham

Clinician
MS
Years Working in Field: 6

I began working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) as a behavior specialist when I was an undergraduate at Columbus State University. As a behavior specialist, I implemented teaching procedures based on principles of applied behavior analysis. During this time, I saw significant improvements in daily-living skills, academic skills, and communication, along with reductions in challenging behaviors. I continued providing treatment for children with ASD for two years after graduating with my B.S. in Psychology in 2011. The field was rewarding and I wanted to learn more, so I began studies as a graduate student at West Virginia University in 2014. While enrolled at West Virginia University, I assisted with evaluations comparing the effectiveness and efficiency of different teaching procedures for young children diagnosed with ASD. I also worked as a graduate supervisor at the Intensive Autism Services Delivery Clinic. As a graduate supervisor, I developed individualized programs to teach children with ASD, trained and supervised the student therapists who implemented these programs, and monitored progress. I also met with caregivers at least once per month to review goals and provide parent training when requested. In 2017, I earned my M.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in behavior analysis at West Virginia University.

Education

M.S. Psychology in Behavior Analysis , West Virginia University , 2017
B.S. in Psychology , Columbus State University , 2011

Philosophy of Care

As an undergraduate student I was intrigued and impressed by the documented efficacy of behavioral interventions, so I sought employment in applied behavior analysis as a behavior specialist. I immediately realized the impact of behavioral treatment on success for children with ASD and wanted to learn more, so I enrolled as a graduate student at West Virginia University. My experiences have taught me that each day is an opportunity to learn more about the needs of individual children and their families, and how to identify the best way to teach functional skills to improve short- and long-term success. As a behavior analyst, I also whole-heartedly believe in the importance of using research to drive practice.

Sarah Lichtenberger

Senior Clinician
Ph.D, BCBA-D

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Sarah Lichtenberger

Senior Clinician
Ph.D, BCBA-D
Years Working in Field: 8

I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English in 2010 from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. During the summer before my last year I completed an internship working in a group home with adolescents diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. After the internship, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in behavior analysis at Western Michigan University and obtained my BCBA certification in 2012. I graduated with my Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis in 2016 at Western Michigan University. After graduation I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Neurobehavioral Unit, specializing in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior. I have worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in a variety of settings including schools, group homes, and clinics, and have provided both home and center-based services.

Education

Ph.D in Behavior Analysis , Western Michigan University , 2016
M.A. in Behavior Analysis , Western Michigan University , 2012
B.A. in English & Psychology , University of North Carolina Chapel Hill , 2010

Philosophy of Care

During my internship in 2009, I worked with adolescents diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities for the first time. This experience inspired me to learn more in order to help other individuals in the future. With some research I found behavior analysis. During my first year as a graduate student, I began to see and experience that with behavior analysis I was able to improve the quality of life for children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. Additionally I could also use the science to improve my life and the lives of those around me. I am passionate about applying research-based interventions in the clinic setting, providing parent and caregiver training, and changing behavior!

Our Location Offers:

  • Insurance Specialists to help families navigate ABA therapy coverage options
  • Ability to Administer ADOS II and Vineland II Assessments!
  • Coordinated therapy across all providers & physicians
  • Parent training and support
  • Individualized programming for each consumer
  • Free Insurance Eligibility Review
  • Board Certified Clinicians
  • Aetna
  • Anthem/BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana (LifeSynch)
  • Kaiser Standard
  • Magellan
  • Medicaid
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • TRICARE
  • 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

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