Our spotlight BCBA is Adell Valasek

Adell Valasek-BCBA I have been in education since 1999 working with students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities. I am the supervisor of the autism program at Burlington County Special Services in Westampton, NJ. I have a teacher certification, supervisor certification, principal certification, BCBA certification. Masters of Science and Masters of Education degrees…

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Our spotlight BCBA is Sarah Rosenthal

Sarah Rosenthal received her undergraduate degree in social work. She began working with special needs youth by running a Summer Youth Employment Program by providing special needs teens a work experience throughout the community. It was a very fulfilling job to assist these teens in developing skills to lead independence. She then went on to…

Columbus Day-Office Closed

Good Afternoon, We wanted to make everyone aware that our administrative office will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2020 in observance of Columbus Day. If you have a session scheduled with your BCBA or RBT those are still scheduled and will not be affected. We will reopen on Tuesday morning with normal hours. Thank…

Cassandra Kelleher is our spot light BCBA

Cassandra Kelleher BCBA, LBA, has worked as an RBT and then as a BCBA for the last 6 years with PRAT.  She earned her Master’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and then her Graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University.  She has worked with a wide range of individuals from…

Falling Behind Plus Losing Key Skills

Perry Stein and Valerie Strauss Antwon Gibson’s public high school in Northeast Washington didn’t even attempt to teach his “independent living” class virtually this spring. The gregarious 18-year-old has an intellectual disability and reads and performs math below grade level. He’s been out of the classroom since schools closed in March and now requires more help from…

Ways to Engage Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Stem ‘COVID Slide’ During Online Schooling.

By Rumi Agarwal, Ph.D. candidate,  Health Promotion & Disease Prevention,  Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work Ever since schools closed for in-person learning in mid-March, my numerous chat groups on WhatsApp have been buzzing with moms asking each other: “What are the schools planning to do?” “Are you planning to send your child back in…

Regular Exercise Is More Important Than Ever For Children With Disabilities

Buxton Gitimu, 11, lives with his family in Huruma informal settlement, Nairobi. One of his favourite things to do is playing football with his brother Joseph. The boys are very close. Together, they race around a football field at Salama Primary School with their coach, practicing tackles and other moves. Afterwards, they do keepy uppies,…

Why Training is Needed: Law Enforcement and Autism

Although law enforcement is tasked with keeping the public safe, interactions between first responders and those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other psychiatric conditions can be contentious—and in some cases, deadly. A 2012 study conducted by researchers at Drexel University measured how common it was for youth with ASD to be stopped and questioned…

ABLE Accounts, Changes and COVID-19

While each individual and family situation is different, we all share a common concern around our financial future during the COVID-19 crisis. This situation affects everyone’s lives at all levels and will continue to impact household finances for a lengthy period of time. Depending on your own specific and unique circumstances, your need to respond…