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

Our O.C. 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.

Our Clinical Team

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Michael Wright

Regional Director
PhD

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Michael Wright

Regional Director
PhD
Years Working in Field: 21

Dr. Michael Wright is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California and received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas.    He has received post doctoral training for the treatment of children and adults with developmental disorders and interventions specific to Autism Spectrum Disorders. He has also had training in cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, intensive in-home family therapy and behavioral therapy to deal with issues of ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Adjustment Disorders.

Dr. Wright completed his internship at the Child and Family Guidance Center in Northridge California and completed his Post Doctoral Training at Alakai Na Keiki in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He was the Honolulu District Supervisor and staff trainer at Alakai Na Keiki.  Dr. Wright joined Trumpet Behavioral Health in 2005 as a Consultant and has been the Director of Clinical Operation for Humboldt since 2010. Currently, he serves as the Regional Director for Southern California and Hawaii.  This region is comprised of areas North of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, and Orange County in California and the islands of Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island in Hawaii.

Over the past two decades Dr Wright’s focus has been on providing service to individuals on the Autism Spectrum and individuals diagnosed with conduct disorder through contracts with the Department of Education and Department of Health.  In his private practice he has focused on children with Adjustment Disorders, Depression, and ADHD.  He provides evidenced based treatments to the individuals and clients he serves.

Education

Ph.D in Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 2004
M.A. in Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 1997
B.S. in Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1990

Philosophy of Care

I love providing ABA services for children and families because properly targeted ABA services can and do make meaningful life changes in their lives. This is accomplished through partnering with families to create long lasting effective interventions in the home and the community.

Abby Twyman

Clinical Director
MEd, BCBA

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Abby Twyman

Clinical Director
MEd, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 14

Working with children with autism and their families across the past 10 years has been the most fulfilling part of my life. I started in this field as a paraeducator and instantly fell in love because I could see the tremendous impact I was making in each child’s life every day. That experience inspired me to pursue my certification as a behavior analyst in order to expand the extent of my impact on the field. I began as a special education teacher in Washington State, and then moved into the private sector as a clinician after moving to Arizona. My goal every day is to improve the lives of individuals with autism and their families through effective, comprehensive programming to address their needs.

Education

M.Ed. in Special Education, University of Washington, 2008
B.S. in Neurobiology, University of Washington, 2003

Alexia Barnes

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Alexia Barnes

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 8

I began working with children diagnosed with ASD in 2009. As an undergraduate I pursued a bachelors degree in Psychology and worked as a mentor and to young adults with autism in their search for employment. In 2012 I entered graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis. During my time in graduate school I worked in a public school as a behavioral practicum student as well as a verbal behavior clinic where I taught children with ASD functional communication. I earned my BCaBA in March 2014 and have plans to sit for my BCBA certification in November 2014.

Education

M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis, University of South Florida, 2014
B.A. in Psychology, University of South Florida, 2012

Philosophy of Care

Through my experiences, I love providing ABA therapy to children diagnosed with ASD and watching them acquire new skills. I enjoy teaching functional skills to children and young adults on the autism spectrum so they can become more independent in their daily routines in their home, school or work.

Amanda McCullough

Clinician
MS, BCBA

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Amanda McCullough

Clinician
MS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 14

I found my passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities just after high school, in the Fall of 2003. I pursued my bachelor’s degree and later my master’s degree in behavior analysis while continuously working within the field. I worked as a BCaBA from 2012-2015 prior to receiving my BCBA certification in May 2015. Throughout the years I have worked with a variety of age ranges (1-15 years) and in a variety of settings (homes, centers, community outings, schools, etc.)

Education

M.S. in Psychology, Behavior Analysis, California State University, Stanislaus, 2014
B.A. in Psychology, California State University, Stanislaus, 2008

Philosophy of Care

I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of the clients I serve through the use of evidence-based practices. I love continuing my education and passing on the knowledge I obtain to others.

Jenna Aranki

Clinician
MS, BCBA

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Jenna Aranki

Clinician
MS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 5

Following an introduction course in applied behavior analysis, I began working with developmentally disabled children in 2012. Once I saw the impact behavior analysis had on the lives of the children I worked with, I pursued a master of science in applied behavior analysis at California State University, Northridge. I continued working in the field to expand my skills as a clinician and was able to work in a variety of settings such as schools, group homes and individual’s homes. I look forward to continuing my education and gaining more experience through Trumpet Behavioral Health.

Education

M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, California State University, Northridge, 2015
B.A. in Psychology, California State University, Northridge, 2012

Philosophy of Care

I have a passion for ABA because I have seen firsthand how the interventions we use impact our families. The success and progress I have seen individuals achieve inspires me to keep learning about the most recent and effective evidence based methods so I am better able to help those I work with.

Shaji Haq

Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, EdS, BCBA

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Shaji Haq

Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, EdS, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 8

I began working with individuals with special needs during graduate school in 2009. After earning an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in school psychology at Fresno State, I received doctoral-level training, using a behavior-analytic theoretical orientation, in school psychology at the University of Oregon. This is where I developed a passion for research and clinical service delivery for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. In 2015-2016, I completed a predoctoral psychology internship at Marcus Autism Center – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where I furthered my research and clinical expertise for individuals with autism who presented with a variety of needs (e.g., limited communication, problem behavior, feeding disorders, etc.). I’ve been involved in various professional activities related to the fields of autism and applied behavior analysis, including publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals (e.g., Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis), presentations at regional and national conferences (e.g., Association for Behavior Analysis International), and serving as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals.

Education

Ph.D. in School Psychology, University of Oregon, 2016
Ed.S. in School Psychology, California State University, Fresno, 2012
B.A. in Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2009

Philosophy of Care

I think that using research as the foundation that guides my clinical services is an ethical obligation for me. As a result, I strive to include empirically supported strategies in my clinical work. Moreover, incorporating research methodology into clinical work helps parents and service providers evaluate the efficacy of treatments and make informed decisions about how best to allocate resources.

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Our O.C. Location 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 California
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CalOptima (Medi-Cal)
  • Cigna
  • Harbor Regional Center
  • Humana (LifeSynch)
  • LA Care
  • Magellan
  • 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

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)

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

Social Skills Group

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

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

Additional Services Offered Throughout the Year

  • Summer camps and programs
  • Summer Camp for children with Autism (siblings welcome!)
  • Summer Intensive Behavioral Therapy: designed to reduce/eliminate behavior effecting your child’s potential for success at home and school
  • Toilet Training Clinic: an intensive parent-child approach
  • Feeding Therapy – Introduction of oral consumption, food repertoire and diet expansion