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July 11, 2022 by Emily 0 Comments

National Therapeutic Recreation Week

Join us in celebrating National Therapeutic Recreation Week! This week we’re bringing awareness to therapeutic recreation programs and services that can help improve the health and well-being of children with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.

Your child at any age can benefit from exercise and recreational activities. Best of all it doesn’t have to be time-consuming. With a few minutes each day, you can help your child live a healthier lifestyle.

Here are a few steps to help guide your child to a happier and healthier lifestyle:

  • Assess your child’s health limitations and create a health plan that works for their individual needs.
  • Pick one healthy lifestyle goal at a time and determine the steps you need to take to help your child achieve it.
  • Start with minor adjustments and gradually incorporate these changes into your child’s daily routine.
  • Keep your child motivated by rewarding them every time they reach a milestone that brings them closer to achieving their goal.

Make sure to communicate your child’s health goals with their physician to prevent any possible injuries or illnesses.

July 5, 2022 by Emily 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

We cannot change the outcome, but we can affect the journey.

– Ann Richardson

June 17, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

The Benefits of Physical Activity

You may be surprised that your child may engage in exercises as a part of their ABA therapy. While exercise can have physical health benefits it has also been proven to have many other exercises.
Learn more about ABA therapy at hiddentalentsaba.com

June 10, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Providing Targeted Treatment and Intervention

Children with autism spectrum disorder learn and react differently than typical children. Each child possesses their own unique set of challenges, skills, and strengths. ABA is therefore created to pinpoint each child’s individual strengths and weaknesses, and provide the targeted treatment and intervention. Learn more at hiddentalentsaba.com

 

May 25, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Creative play is like a spring that bubbles up from deep within a child.
    ~ Joan Almon

April 13, 2022 by Shainna 0 Comments

Autism Awareness Month

All month long for the month of April, we celebrate Autism Awareness Month. This month is meant to focus on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with Autism. Autism or ASD affects 1 in 68 children and often presents itself differently in each person is all creeds, all religions, all races and both genders.  In order to foster more support & awareness, inclusive education is essential. Children and adults who have Autism are capable of so many amazing things and are more than their diagnosis. 

April 2nd is widely known as Autism Awareness Day which is meant to have individual Autism organizations come together all around the world to aid in things like research, diagnoses, treatment, and acceptance for those with a developmental path affected by Autism.

How you can participate in Autism Awareness Month

  • -Get involved with a local Organization; nothing beats hands on learning
  • -Educate yourself, because Autism is a vast spectrum, reading and learning as much as you can is essential
  • -Join in on social media; social media allows for you to “meet” people who have Autism and hear their stories
  • -Donate; research and outreach are essential to helping people understand Autism, anything can help

At the core having this time to focus on Autism, is to ensure that those who are living with Autism can have fully and happy lives as well as educating the public in a meaningful way. Something as simple as a share on social media to something grand like affect legislation are all a part of the journey. Currently there is no cure for Autism however early intervention and treatment, such as Occupational Therapy can greatly improve the quality of life for those with Autism.

For more information about Autism sites like Autism Speaks and Autism Society are excellent. For more of our post be sure to read out blog HERE

March 23, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Discrete Trial Training

If an ABA therapist is engaged in teaching your child emotions, they may break the concept of emotions into individual emotions. Each emotion will be broken down into specific lessons.
Learn more about ABA at hiddentalentsaba.com

March 14, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Functional Communication

Functional Communication Training utilizes differential reinforcement to teach a child to replace one behavior with another. Through a series of steps, a child is taught to replace a problematic behavior with an appropriate phrase or some other way of communicating. Learn more about Functional Communication Training at hiddentalentsaba.com

March 8, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Like branches on a tree, we may grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.”

March 1, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Recognizing Social Work Month

March is Social Work Month, a time that recognizes the dedication and empathy social workers deliver while providing services to those in need. Social workers provide support to people of all backgrounds, in our communities. They guide us through the obstacles and help lift us out of the potholes.

Social workers provide a voice for equal rights for the weakest of us and connect us to resources when we are in need. They touch millions of lives each day and it is likely a social worker at some time will assist you, a family member, or a friend.

Social workers continue to work on the frontlines throughout the pandemic, helping patients get the health care they need and helping loved ones overcome grief and loss. Take some time out this month to recognize social workers and the great things they do.

February 22, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

American Heart Month

More than 650,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, according to the CDC. It is the leading cause of death for American men and women. We observe American Heart Month in February to remind everyone about the risks factors of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy.

While high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and tobacco use are key risk factors for heart disease there are other medical conditions and lifestyles that can put you at higher risk of heart disease:

  • Diabetes
  • Not Enough Physical Activity
  • Excessive Alcohol Intake

Take time this month to learn about the many ways you can keep your heart healthy. We have listed a few healthy ways that you can start today:

  • Get 7-8 hours of quality Sleep
  • Eat a Healthy Diet
  • Physical Activity
  • Monitor your Cholesterol and Blood Pressure

You don’t have to make big changes at once, small steps will get you where you want to go.

February 14, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Health and Wellness

February marks Black History Month, a time to honor achievements by Black Americans and their role in US history. This year’s theme is Black Health and Wellness to recognize the legacy of scholars and medical practitioners. Black Health and Wellness not only includes one’s physical body but also emotional and mental health.

This month, we celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and encourage the community to reflect on our nation’s history and the many contributions of Black Americans.

February 9, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

A person’s a person, no matter how small. Learn more about our services at hiddentalentsaba.com

February 8, 2022 by Ben Schorr 0 Comments

10 Fun Homemade Sensory Games for Autistic Children

For children with autism, engaging in sensory activities is an important way to help with their development. Sensory games can be fun for the whole family and are a great way to connect with your autistic child.

Why are sensory activities good for autistic children?

Sensory activities help autistic children to learn about their surroundings and the world around them. These activities also help with important skills such as communication, problem solving, and socialization.

Additionally, sensory toys can help children with autism relax and de-stress. For example, a fidget spinner or sensory ball can give an autistic child something to focus on when they are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or stressed out.

Sensory activities you can do at home

Here is a list of 10 great sensory activities that you can play with your child at home.

Sensory Bin

Fill a large container with different textures and objects for your child to explore. This can include anything from rice, beans, or pasta to feathers, fabric scraps, or small toys. Let your child dig through the bin and explore the different textures.

Water Play

This is a great activity on a hot day! Fill a kiddie pool, bathtub, or even just a large bowl with water and let your child play. Add some fun items like plastic balls, small toys, or sponges to make it more interesting.

Sensory Table

A sensory table is a great way to provide a variety of different textures and objects for your child to handle. You can buy a sensory table, or create your own by using a large plastic container and filling it with different items such as sand, water, foam balls, or small toys.

Ice Exploration

Fill a bowl or container with water and add some food coloring. Freeze the mixture overnight and let your child play with the multicolored ice cubes. This is a great way for your child to experience temperature changes.

Silly Putty

Silly putty is a great sensory activity because it can be molded and stretched into different shapes. It also makes noise when you squish it, which can be fun for kids. You can buy silly putty or make your own by adding cornstarch and food coloring to Elmer’s glue.

Bubbles

Blowing bubbles is a fun sensory activity that can also be calming for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). You can buy bubble solution or make your own by adding dish soap to water and food coloring if desired. Let your child blow the bubbles, or just pop them with their hands.

Window painting with shaving cream

Set up a window with shaving cream and let your child paint away! You can also add food coloring to the mixture if you want your child’s artwork to be colorful. 

This activity is great for sensory exploration but it can also help develop fine motor skills like painting or drawing because children need to use their fingers when they are creating designs on glass. Just make sure that they understand not to hit the window too hard.

Walking on Rice

Fill a large container with rice and let your child walk through it barefoot. This can be an interesting way to explore different textures, as well as fine motor skills development since they’ll have to balance themselves while walking across the rice. You could also use other materials like beans, pasta, or sand.

Texture Hunt

Hide different objects around the house that have interesting textures for your child to find. This can be anything from a soft blanket to a bumpy plastic ball. Encourage your child to touch and feel the different textures.

Sensory Bag

A sensory bag is an easy activity to set up and can be reused multiple times. Just place different objects like small toys, feathers, or fabric scraps into a Ziploc bag and seal it shut. Your child can then explore the contents by feeling and squeezing the bag.

Sensory Tunnel

A sensory tunnel is a great way for kids to explore their senses of sight , touch, and sound. You can buy a sensory tunnel or make your own by using PVC pipe and a tarp or blanket. Drape the fabric over the pipe and secure it with clothespins. Your child can crawl through the tunnel to explore.

One of the best things about sensory activities is that they don’t have to be expensive or elaborate. You can use items from around the house, and many of them are easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to participate in.

Helpful tips for parents when playing at home sensory games with their autistic children.

Give your child time to get used to the sensory activity. This will help prevent sensory overload, which can lead to anxiety or aggression in an ASD child who has difficulty processing information from his/her surroundings all at once (this may happen when there’s too much going on).

Here are some tips to keep in mind when starting a sensory sessions with your child:

-Start out with short sessions so your child doesn’t get overwhelmed.

-Be patient and let your child take their time exploring the different activities.

-If your child becomes agitated or upset, stop the activity and try again later.

-Make sure the activities are safe and within your child’s abilities.

-adapt the games to fit your child’s interests and needs.

Final Thoughts

Sensory activities can be a great way to help develop your autistic child’s skills and provide them with some fun and excitement. With a little bit of creativity, you can come up with many different activities that will keep your child engaged and interested. So get creative and have some fun!

February 2, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Encouraged to Stretch Their Shine

Kids need to be encouraged to stretch their shine. Hidden Talents is where talents come to play! We do all we can to make caring for your child as smooth and easy as possible. Learn more about our services at hiddentalentsaba.com

January 25, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Like branches on a tree, we may grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.

January 18, 2022 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet
  ~ Anne Frank

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December 29, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Happy Kwanzaa!

May you enjoy this holiday season to the fullest and welcome all the goodness in your life.

December 21, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

One kind word can warm three winter months.

~ Japanese Proverb

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December 14, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Difficult Roads Lead To Beautiful Destinations

At Hidden Talents ABA, our goal is to guide you through the therapy process with your child and navigate any possible obstacles that occur. Learn more about our services at hiddentalentsaba.com

December 6, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”

~ Rumi

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November 22, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Learning Principles to Achieve Meaningful Results

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn and react differently than typical children. Each child possesses their own unique set of challenges, skills, and strengths. ABA is therefore created to pinpoint each child’s individual strengths and weaknesses, and provide the targeted treatment and intervention. Learn more about Hidden Talents ABA at hiddentalentsaba.com.

November 17, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

The Beauty In Standing Out

“Children with autism are colorful – They are often very beautiful and, like the rainbow, they stand out.”

~ Adele Devine

November 9, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

All Children Deserve to Have the Best Start in Life

Hidden Talents ABA provides treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our focus is to help children grow and thrive by improving communication, social, and adaptive skills. Learn more about our services at hiddentalentsaba.com

November 3, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Our Differences Make Us Beautiful

We believe that children with autism can lead happy, and productive lives. Through the expert care and guidance of our trained BCBAs, your child can achieve more than you thought possible. Learn more about our services at hiddentalentsaba.com

October 28, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

This October we are recognizing Down Syndrome Awareness Month to raise awareness and to advocate for the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.

October 18, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Giving Children The Greatest Chance At Success

At Hidden Talents ABA, we believe that children with autism can lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. Learn how we are giving children a greater chance at success at hiddentalentsaba.com

October 4, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Child Health Day

National Child Health Day occurs annually on the first Monday in October. The day recognizes the care and guidance children need to grow strong and healthy. Whether it’s their environment, the food they eat or how much TV they watch, the day is an excellent opportunity to support the children in your life. 

 

September 30, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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September 23, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

The Key To Success Is Consistency

Our goal at Hidden Talents ABA is to guide you through the therapy process with your child and navigate any possible obstacles that occur. Learn more about our services at hiddentalentsaba.com

September 17, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Flowers are like friends; they bring color to your world.

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September 7, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Small Progress Is Still Progress

Our goal is to guide you through the therapy process with your child and navigate any possible obstacles that occur. We do all we can to make caring for your child as smooth and easy as possible. Learn more about our services at hiddentalentsaba.com 

September 1, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Raising Awareness

“It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the awareness of that village.”
~ Eliane Hall

 

August 26, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Summer Sun Safety Month

Summer Sun Safety Month reminds us that the skin is the body’s largest organ. It is important to take the correct precautions when going out into the sun because of the damage ultraviolet radiation exposure can do to your skin.

Protect your skin from the sun by:

  • Staying in the shade as much as possible
  • Wearing full brim hats
  • Regularly applying broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB

August 19, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Three Methods to Learn Wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience which is the bitterest.

~Confucius

 

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August 9, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Giving Children The Chance To Thrive

Every fresh peak ascended teaches something
~ Sir Martin Conway


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August 3, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Autism is like a rainbow. It has a bright side and a dark side. But every shade is important and beautiful.”

~ Rosie Tennant Doran

July 26, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

National Disability Independence Day

National Disability Independence Day commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, 1990. The ADA provides protection from employment discrimination as well as better access to goods, services, and communications for people with disabilities.

July 21, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Every time you smile at someone it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

~ Mother Teresa

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July 13, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

National Therapeutic Recreation Week

National Therapeutic Recreation Week highlights that recreational therapy helps patients and persons with disabilities. Therapeutic recreation programs include the involvement of sports, expressive arts, muscle relaxation techniques, or even hobbies like horticulture.

July 7, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Teaching The Way They Can Learn

AT Hidden Talents, we believe that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the key to helping children on the autism spectrum succeed. Our three step process works to deliver personalized and comprehensive treatment. Learn more about our services at hiddentalentsaba.com

June 30, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Around us, life bursts with miracles, a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops.

~ Nhat Hanh

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June 22, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

A Lifetime of Big Changes

Every day little changes become a lifetime of BIG changes.

At Hidden Talents, we believe that ABA is the key to helping children on the autism spectrum, succeed. Learn more about our program at hiddentalentsaba.com

June 15, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Helping Children Grow and Thrive

At Hidden Talents ABA, we believe that children with autism can lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. Learn more about ABA therapy and our individualized approach at hiddentalentsaba.com

June 9, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Community Health Improvement Week

As we move towards the recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic, we highlight Community Health Improvement Week. We honor the health professionals who were at the forefront of the pandemic and those who work closely with our community.

This year’s theme is Reflect, Renew, and Rise Together. Reflect on the need to improve healthcare for the access of all people, renew the commitment to community health to serve our community, and rise together to strengthen our neighborhoods through collaboration.

June 1, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Behavior is Communication

ABA utilizes the understanding of how behavior develops and is influenced. At Hidden Talents ABA, we believe that ABA is the key to helping children on the autism spectrum, succeed. Learn more about our program at hiddentalentsaba.com

May 26, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Possessing Unique Challenges

“Everyone has a mountain to climb, and autism has not been my mountain, it has been my opportunity for victory.”

~ Rachel Barcellona

May 20, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Month, a whole month dedicated to making mental health is something everyone should care about. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reducing the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help.

May 5, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Happy Cinco De Mayo

Wishing you and your family a Happy Cinco de Mayo!

April 27, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful health interventions. We remind everyone of its importance and what it has done to improve the health and well-being of everyone.

April 21, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Every Kid Healthy Week

Every Kid Healthy Week is celebrated to spotlight all the efforts made to improve the health and wellness of children. It highlights the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning. Healthy kids are better prepared to learn and thrive!

April 14, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Autism Awareness Month

This April we proudly recognize National Autism Month! Let’s celebrate the resilience of those with autism & applaud their unique talents! Let’s create better awareness, to inform and encourage communities to celebrate differences, & become more inclusive of individuals with autism. Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech & nonverbal communication. It is reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an ASD. Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development including, improve learning, communication and social skills, as well as underlying cerebral development. Many children affected by autism also benefit from other interventions such as speech and occupational therapy.

April 6, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated to shed light on important matters including mental health, maternal and child care, the importance of healthcare workers, and many more such issues to the forefront. Each year World Health Day is celebrated on April 7th. This year, World Health Day’s campaign aims to build a fair and healthier world. COVID-19 has highlighted the differentiating access to healthcare and the need for quality health care.

March 31, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.

~ Carl Friedrich Gauss

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March 25, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Daily Dose of Inspiration

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world”.

~Helen Keller

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March 17, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Delivering Personalized Treatment

“It takes a special person to hear what a child cannot say.”

At Hidden Talents ABA, we discover the potential of every child. Our team works together to deliver personalized and comprehensive treatment to track your child’s progress. Learn more about our treatment and about ABA therapy at hiddentalentsaba.com.

March 10, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

Giving Children a Chance to Succeed

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn and react differently than typical children. Each child possesses their own unique set of challenges, skills, and strengths. ABA is therefore created to pinpoint each child’s individual strengths and weaknesses, and provide the targeted treatment and intervention. Learn more about Hidden Talents ABA at hiddentalentsaba.com.

March 4, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

National Social Work Month

March is National Social Work Month. It’s a time to celebrate our workers who are essential in the well-being of our community. Social workers are trained to help people address personal and systemic barrier. They work to create a positive change in the lives of individuals, families, and groups. Social workers provide a voice for equal rights for the weakest of us and connect us to resources when we are in need. We are taking time this month to recognize social workers and the great things they do.

February 24, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

American Heart Month

Heart disease is the number one killer in Americans. About one in three women are diagnosed with heart disease. Every February, we celebrate American Heart Month to raise awareness about cardiovascular health, and educate others on heart disease and stroke prevention. Prevention is not impossible, you can start by increasing your physical activity and choosing healthier versions of your favorite recipes. Small changes can make a big difference.

February 17, 2021 by Chelsey 0 Comments

We’re Here For You and Your Child

Hidden Talents ABA provides treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder. Our focus is to help children grow and thrive by improving communication, social and adaptive skills. Learn more about our services at hiddentalentsaba.com

February 4, 2021 by Judah Gutwein 0 Comments

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Scott Rustulka

Scott, a native of Canada, joined the Hidden Talents team at the onset of 2021, moving his family of 6 from San Diego to the great state of Georgia. He began his journey in behavior analytics in 2001 at a time when autism programs had very little oversight by credentialled clinicians. The onset of that journey was wrought with disappointment in a system that seemed to do very little lasting good for the long-term growth of the individuals within that system.

Over the years, Scott determined to ensure that dignity and respect was afforded to the children he had the privilege of working, while devoting a lot of energy into understanding how the development of a child is the key focus to treatment and not reactive behavior modification. Truly listening to the child and the family and finding ways to make behavior change fun and engaging continues to be his passion. Over the last 20 years, Scott still relishes every opportunity to visit families and have the honor of being a part of their lives.

Maureen O'Brien

Maureen joined the Hidden Talents ABA Team in 2020 and has over 15+ years’ of Office Management and Administrative experience. Maureen is that friendly voice that will most likely greet you when you call into the office with a positive attitude and ready to assist with the screening and the ABA authorization process. Maureen said “the best part of my job is working with a phenomenal team and helping as many families as possible.

Olivia Steele

Olivia’s goal is to act as the bridge between our Registered Behavior Therapists and the families that they serve. She has always gravitated towards opportunities that harbor a personal client connection, with a mission statement to always help others.Olivia is passionate about fitness and wellness, spending the last decade as a part time fitness instructor. She most enjoys yoga and Pilates, disciplines that have both physical and meditative benefits. In her free time, she likes crafting and is an amateur woodworker. She is also a big animal lover; she owns a cat and 13 tarantulas.

Arye Hartal

Arye is a Licenced Behavior Analyst and a former airline pilot. His areas of interest include verbal behavior (VBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Improving the quality of life for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families is of great importance to him. Over the course of his career, he has become highly qualified in implementing many ABA techniques including PRT, FCT, ESDM, DTT and NET.

Arye has experience working in the school, community, and home-based settings. His patience, compassion, and knowledge of ABA contributes greatly to the success of the children that he works with. His interests outside of work include volunteering for I Can Bike (teaching kids with disabilities how to ride a bicycle), traveling, spending time with friends and family, playing hockey, and reading.

Joanna Young

Joanna is a graduate of Ball State University and became a licensed, board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in 2016. She has worked in this field since 2014 in a variety of settings ranging from in-center, in-home, and currently telehealth. Joanna was introduced to the world of behavior analysis as an undergraduate trying to fulfill her degree requirements, which landed her an internship working as an in-home behavior technician. She quickly realized how effective early intervention ABA therapy was and enjoyed seeing her clients gain new skills as they became more independent.

Joanna particularly loves working with children under 3, especially now that she has her own 6-month-old daughter! She is passionate about ensuring ABA strategies and techniques translate well into the home setting and parents feel empowered to help shape their child's life. Joanna joined the Hidden Talents team in March 2021 as a clinical supervisor and works remotely from Houston, TX.

Elissa Watson

Elissa is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst from Greenville, South Carolina. She has a Masters in Science for Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis and has been working in the field of ABA for 9 years. She has had experience as both an RBT and BCBA in the home, clinical, community, school and telehealth-based environments with a wide range of clients and ages. Elissa, as a part of the Hidden Talents team has broadened her experience to make ABA more accessible to all. When not working, Elissa enjoys spending time with her husband and pets, traveling, and playing music.

Matthew Grennell

Matthew received his Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in May of 2009 from Florida Institute of Technology. Over the course of his career, Matthew has worked in Florida, Texas and New York, serving both children and adults in both in-home as well as clinic-based settings. The majority of Matthew’s work in Applied Behavior Analysis has been in the in-home setting. Matthew has also consulted with schools and worked as part of multi-disciplinary teams as well as concurrently teaching certification courses for Florida Institute of Technology’s Applied Behavior Analysis program for four years.

Through teaching Matthew was able to not only ensure quality of services provided by himself but also work to ensure that high quality of services could be provided by other Behavior Analysts and service providers. Matthew is very familiar and experienced in working with families to ensure that behavioral progress for every child is maintained in the home through extensive involvement of parents in the process. Matthew has worked primarily with parents and families in all three states he has worked in and has experience with collaborating successfully with all professionals involved in a child’s care.

Matthew believes strongly that a child’s success is best achieved through building skills that maximize success in all areas of their life as a comprehensive approach. Matthew believes that, through this approach, not only does the child benefit directly from improvements in their skill level but the family benefits as well.

Sharifah Christie

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Sharifah moved to America when she was 8 years old. She knew from a young age that she wanted to have a career focused on helping children. In college for her undergraduate program, she studied Speech Pathology at the University of West Georgia. In the later part of the program, she was exposed to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and decided to make a switch, eventually graduating with a masters in ABA with an emphasis in Autism at Ball State University. Her fascination with the field deepened as she continued to work as a Behavioral Therapist for over two years.

Desiring to develop in other roles and responsibilities within this field, Sharifah is now managing the administrative aspects of the clinical hiring and training at Hidden Talents and enjoying every moment of it! Sharifah has always said that the most favorite part about her career so far has been the privilege of seeing the progress the kiddos have made overtime and making a difference in their lives while creating a fun learning experience for each of them.

Kimberly Culbreth

Kimberly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst from South Carolina with more than 10+ years in the ABA field. Kimberly completed her undergrad at Clemson University, and she graduated from Capella University with a Masters of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2018. Kimberly is very passionate about working with children with disabilities and helping them succeed. She consistently goes above and beyond for all of her clients.

Kimberly has experience working with children in the home, clinic, community, and telehealth-based settings. She recently started at Hidden Talents to help broaden her experiences with working with children with disabilities. Outside of work Kimberly enjoys spending time with her 3-year-old daughter, traveling, and cooking.

Bisirat Haile

Bisirat Haile is a passionate Board-Certified Behavior Analyst serving her community for over 10 years. Bisirat Has a 10-year track record of working collaboratively with families and RBTs to create lasting change for children with ASD. Bisirat is a telehealth BCBA for Hidden talents. Listening to the priorities of families and earning their trust is extremely important to Bisirat. Bisirat joined the Hidden Talents team as the company shares her commitment to learning and listening to families to provide them support. Bisirat is excited to potentially work with you and provide you support.

Lindsay Campbell

Lindsay Campbell is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Advanced Certified Autism Specialist. She is a future clinical neuropsychologist who is passionate in diagnosing, assessment and creating individualized treatment plans to address each child’s area of need. Lindsay has worked in a variety of settings including forensic, school, home, hospital, and telehealth settings. Lindsay received her dual bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from California State University, and her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University. After receiving her BCBA, Lindsay went back to complete her Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology from California Southern University and will be graduating in 2021 with the highest honors.

Her ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between diagnostic evaluation and treatment with ABA to allow timely access to ABA services. Lindsay believes the most important letters after her name are 'MOM' as she is the mother of an atypical child. She brings a professional and personal perspective to teaching and raising a child with atypical learning skills to build relationships and further support parents. Integrating ABA techniques and evidence-based practices, she believes we can make significant changes to increase skills of children and their family.