ABA ENHANCEMENT

 

Our mission is to work with families to enhance overall quality of life through effective, research-based ABA strategies. Utilizing forward thinking, while addressing the day to day activities ABA Enhancement creates individualized programs to meet your family’s overall needs.

About us

Are you needing support with behaviors in the home and community? Are you looking for a support group of caregivers who want to meet a couple times a month to discuss their concerns and have a BCBA to help provide guidance for those concerns? Why wait to start your training? We can provide you with the latest researched based strategies to help enhance your day to day family life.

With over a decade of experience in the field of behavior services, our team is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for all families and individuals who are looking for parent support/training, reducing maladaptive behaviors, social skills increasing skill development, recommendations and sibling support. As Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) and Master’s Level Clinicians, we have a broad range of expertise and we are able to develop a program that best fits your overall need.

Meet the Team

Megan Price, MA BCBA

Owner and Director of Operations
Megan Price has been in the field of behavior intervention since 2003. Graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cal State San Bernardino and going on to complete her Master’s Degree shortly after in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2007. Megan Price completed her courses at Azusa Pacific University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analysis in 2013. She started her career in the field of ABA working for a school district and has years of experience in ABA working for in home providers and then transitioning to a locked facility working with dual diagnosed adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness before starting her career working on the insurance side of ABA and reviewing assessments and recommendations based on medical necessity and overall quality of services of providers. Megan has a heart for supporting growth and development of behavior technicians and believes with the additional supports and trainings for the 1:1 clinicians, ABA can continue to strengthen the quality of lives of all the families we work with.

Lindsey Esquivel, MS, BCBA

Clinical Director, Inland Empire 

Lindsey has been working with individuals with disabilities since she was old enough to volunteer in her younger brother’s special education classroom in middle school. Lindsey’s brother is the person who originally sparked her passion and her inspiration to help families and individuals impacted by neurodiversity. Lindsey has been working in the field of ABA since 2013, when she began her career as a Registered Behavior Technician working with military families in Colorado Springs, CO while she pursued and finished her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado. Lindsey then moved to Hawaii and lived there for 2 years while she completed her master’s degree with St. Cloud State University and accumulated her fieldwork experience hours. After meeting her husband in Hawaii, she moved to California where she quickly passed her BCBA exam and began her journey as a Clinical Manager. Lindsey has experience working with children and adults with various diagnosis and of all ability levels. She has worked in the clinic, school, and home environments and is well rehearsed in functional communication training, food toleration, sibling interactions, and managing severe maladaptive behaviors. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband and wiener dog, being outdoors, traveling, cooking, and yoga.

Neil Miranda, M.A.Ed, BCBA

Clinical Director, Orange County

In 2011, unsure of his future career goals, Neil began directly assisting developmentally disabled adults in his home state of New Jersey. Upon relocating back to California in 2013, Neil embarked on his journey into the field of ABA by serving first as an in-home behavior therapist, and then as a behavior interventionist at a non-public school. During this time, Neil’s passion for ABA continued to grow, which led to his decision to enroll in graduate school and pursue board certification as a behavior analyst. In 2016, Neil obtained his Master of Arts in Education degree through National University, while simultaneously completing his ABA course sequence through Florida Institute of Technology. Neil became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in August 2016 and immediately began working as a behavioral consultant for a nearby school district. Within this role, Neil worked primarily with students diagnosed with emotional behavioral disorders and provided staff members, teachers and IEP team members with ongoing training and behavioral supports. Neil conducted functional behavior assessments, developed behavior intervention plans, implemented class-wide and individual reinforcement systems, and proposed goals during annual IEP team meetings. In August of 2019, Neil transitioned into a position as an in-home ABA supervisor, before recently joining the ABAE team as Orange County’s Clinical Director. Neil has a 5-year-old dog named Zoey and loves walking her and taking her to the beach in his free time. Neil is a proud U.S. Army veteran who enjoys working closely with families and staff members, camping, hiking, traveling, and attending baseball games. Neil’s favorite place to visit is Arches National Park in Utah. Neil’s goal is to one day visit every active Major League Baseball stadium.

Alexis Melendez, MEd, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Alexis has been involved with children with disabilities since her senior year of high school. She started out as an aid for a moderate to mild special education classroom. She then went on to complete her Bachelors in Communicative Disorders from Cal State Fullerton. After graduating, she began working as a Board Certified Autism Technician (BCAT) in 2017 and went on to complete her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. Since 2017, Alexis has completed her Qualified Autism Service Practitioner Supervisor (QASP-S) certification and is currently in the process of completing her field work hours to sit for her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam. Alexis has experience working with children from ages 2-16, but her passion lies with the Early Intensive Behavior Intervention allowing her work with children from ages 2-6. In her free time, Alexis enjoys going to the gym, art, visiting with friends and family and spending time with her Yorkee poo, Tedi.

Tyler Anderson, QASP-S, Student Analyst

Clinical Supervisor

Tyler started off his career in the field of ABA during his last year as an undergraduate at UC Riverside in 2016 where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Although he never intended to go into the field of ABA prior to learning about it, he always knew he wanted to do something that would help others and make a difference in people’s lives. When he saw the opportunity to work with individuals with cognitive disabilities, he saw this as the perfect opportunity to fulfill his personal conviction of helping others and making a difference while also gaining valuable work experience for the future. Tyler quickly became one of the top Behavior Therapists at his former agency where he worked with clients ranging from ages 2-21.  During his time working 1:1 with clients, Tyler worked daily with clients that displayed severe maladaptive behaviors/skill deficits. It was during this time that Tyler decided that ABA was the field he wanted to build a career in. After following the programming of his supervisors at the time, he saw first-hand how ABA services could not only transform the lives of the clients receiving services, but the lives of family, friends and the community in which our clients are apart of. After working as a Behavior Therapist for 3 years, Tyler enrolled in his Master’s program at Chapman University to pursue becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the summer of 2019. Since starting his graduate program, Tyler has earned his Qualified Autism Service Practioner Supervisor (QASP-S) certification and is expected to complete his Master’s in the summer of 2021. Tyler has been supervising/managing cases for 1 year and has enjoyed the opportunity to work intimately with families, teachers and members of the community to create and implement programs that will improve the quality of life for every client he has the opportunity to work with. Tyler’s goal as a clinician is to continue to grow and learn so that he can provide the highest quality of services he possibly can to as many individuals as possible. In addition to providing high quality services, Tyler hopes to one day start a support group for families who are impacted by neurodiversity in order to provide a space where people can come together to share experiences and discuss strategies to living a fulfilling life with a neurodiverse loved one. In addition to a support group for families who have been impacted by neurodiversity, Tyler also hopes to start an educational group for families who may be experiencing neurodiversity for the first time to spread awareness and knowledge of the research based strategies offered in the field of ABA. In his free time, Tyler enjoys spending time with family and friends, going fishing, playing basketball, watching sports/movies and playing video games.

Krista Moreno, MA, Student Analyst

Clinical Supervisor

In 2008, Krista Moreno graduated from Cal State University San Bernardino with a BA in Liberal Studies as she aspired to be a Special Education Teacher. After graduation she began working at a school as a Behavior Interventionist for children with ASD. She has been in the field of behaviors for over 10 years. While working at the school and in home programs, Krista gained a significant amount of knowledge on different methodologies of ABA. Krista has experience in DTT, PECS, NET, Data collection, parent training, PRT and more. Krista has had the priveledge of working closely with several BCBA’s and has decided to change her path of becoming a teacher to becoming a BCBA and working in the homes with families. After working in the field, Krista decided to further her education and received her Masters in ABA in 2019. Krista’s ultimate goal is to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and continue to work with children with autism and their families.

In 2014 Krista got married to her best friend. Krista and her husband enjoy going to the river and riding their quads in Glamis. Krista and their husband have two beautiful boys at home who they love spending a majority of their time with.

 

Paradise Leuta, BA, Student Analyst

Clinical Supervisor

Paradise has always strived to provide a nurturing environment, where children can live, learn, and play. She has 5+ years of experience working with diverse, dynamic, and underrepresented communities in Title I schools, with children ages 5-18. Paradise first sought after a career in elementary education and completed her Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies from UC Riverside, where she studied “a broad education, with a broad critique, and broad solutions.” Upon graduation, she accidentally fell into the field of ABA and became an Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT). Paradise quickly learned how the small changes can make a big difference. It did not take much convincing for her to stay in the field. Paradise is expected to complete her Masters of Psychology specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis by Fall 2021. Paradise strives to deliver culturally responsive care to enhance the lives of the families that she works with. She hopes to one day support mothers and their children in transitional housing facilities and sober living homes. In her free time, Paradise enjoys learning about mental health, making art, and meditating

Raquel Alzammar, BA, Student Analyst

Clinical Supervisor

In 2015, Raquel graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a degree in psychology and began her ABA journey as a behavior interventionist. She decided to pursue her masters in ABA after seeing what a difference ABA can truly make in the lives of the families she’s served. Raquel’s favorite thing about ABA is how there is always more to learn and new research to study as the field grows.

Raquel is currently attending the University of West Florida and will be graduating with her masters in the Summer of 2021. Raquel’s goal is to earn her BCBA and continue her education to earn her PHD and become a BCBA-D. Raquel recently relocated from the central valley to southern California with her boyfriend and dog. In her spare time Raquel loves to travel, spend time at the beach, lift weights in the gym and spend time with friends and family. 

Adriana Ellico, MS, Student Analyst 

Clinical Supervisor 

Adriana has worked with individuals with disabilities and/or developmental delays since September of 2016 within the hospital, home, school and community setting. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Child Development, she began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2018, where I became a behavioral therapist working with children and adolescents. While working as a behavioral therapist, she pursued my Masters of Science in Child Life at the University of La Verne to become a Certified Child Life Specialist; however, fell in love with the field of ABA. After completing her clinical internship, she became a developmental specialist, working with infants and toddlers with developmental delays and/or who are at risk of a developmental delay, implementing ABA concepts within the child’s treatment plan. She was so excited she would be able to provide one-on-one support incorporating the principles of ABA to children and families again, therefore she decided she needed to continue her studies in the field of ABA. She is currently in the student analyst program with ABAE and is currently completing the ABA verified coursework sequence with California State University San Marcos, where she hopes to complete coursework at the end of 2021!  Her goal is to become a BCBA and to continue to provide individualized support for children, adolescents and families. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, exercising and being outdoors! 

Elise Mercado, BA, Student Analyst 

Clinical Supervisor

Elise always knew her calling was to work with children, but she was unsure which setting she would excel most in.  While attending California State University, Long Beach, she completed her school internship at the Child Life Department in Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, which fueled the fire to work in the child development field.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and Family Studies and became an elementary school tutor for Learning Tree After School in Yorba Linda.  She stumbled upon ABA in 2018, fell in love with the field, and became a Registered Behavior Technician.  She has acquired experience across various environmental settings, both 1:1 sessions and social groups, with clients varying from 3 to 27 years old.  Elise is currently attending Arizona State University to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Special Education (Applied Behavior Analysis).  She strives to be a passionate voice, not only for her own clients, but for the autism community.  Elise dreams of working with older adults diagnosed with ASD to teach them daily living and vocational skills.  Outside of work, Elise enjoys hiking, going to sports games and concerts, and trying new restaurants!

Our Services

ABA Enhancement has tailored services to meet your needs while specializing in Social Skills, Parent Consultation/Training, Sibling Interaction Groups, School Consults and In-home/Community 1:1 therapy. We focus on the child first and working within the child’s needs to enhance their overall quality of life.

Description of services

Telehealth Support: We provide 1:1 direct services through telehealth to minimize the exposure of COVID-19 should your family request it. We provide a majority of our supervision and clinical oversight which provides us the ability to broaden our services to further locations in order to support more children and families.

Enhanced Clinical Services: We provide sessions in our clinic in Fountain Valley to support children who need a more structured environment to obtain stimulus control prior to stabilizing behaviors and transitioning control to their home environment.

Enhance socialization: We have Social Skills groups from ages 3-16. Utilizing research based social skills ABA, we work hard with training and programming to facilitate social skills that will have a lasting impact on current and future relationships

Enhance sibling relationships: Sibling interaction goals and sibling trainings aimed to foster positive and meaningful sibling relationships

Enhancing School Supports: ABA Enhancement provides support to the schools, teachers and students by providing training and fading plans for children to be successful in the academic setting.

In-Home and Community Therapy: One to one support in the home and community developing and implementing programs and behavior intervention plans supervised by a masters level clinician and overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analysis. Training, guidance, and programming on how to make day-to-day community outings a positive experience for the whole family

Enhance Health: training and programming to promote healthy living (food tolerating programs – expand your child’s food repertoire!; find what type of exercise will keep your child in motion, etc.,)School Readiness: programming to get your child ready for a school setting

Student Analyst Program: ABAE provides Student Analyst with group and individual supervision hours. We provide restricted and unrestricted hours for students looking to further their education in the field of ABAE.

We Accept

Insurance: CalOptima, Inland Empire Health Plan, Cigna, Beacon HealthCare, Tricare, Anthem, Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Aetna, Magellan and out of network providers

Regional Center: Inland Regional Center

The Department of Developmental Services website is located at: www.dds.ca.gov/complaints.

The Department of Developmental Services can be reached by phone at: (916)654-1987.

Contact Us

If you would like a free 30 minute consultation or you are ready to get started, please reach out to:

Megan Price, BCBA
Mprice@abaenhancement.com
(909) 268-7113

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We are currently hiring for RBT, BCBA and Masters Level Clinicians in Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino County areas. Please fill out the information below to be contacted by our hiring team.