Registry of Autism Service Providers - Individual Profile

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Behavior Analyst

Personal Information
Name Sharon Baxter
Profession Behavior Analyst
Languages other than English
Agency Affiliation Private Practice
Address 891 Stayte Road Phone (604) 312-9742
City White Rock Fax
Province B.C. Email sharonbaxteraba@yahoo.ca
Postal Code V4B 4Y6 Website
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Regions Served
Fraser Valley InteriorVancouver Coast Vancouver Island Northern BC
Areas served within regions: White Rock, Surrey, Langley, New Westminster, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Victoria
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Age & Profile of Clients Served
Asperger's Syndrome preschoolers ages 6-12 ages 13-18 adults
Rett's Syndrome preschoolersages 6-12ages 13-18adults
Autism Spectrum Disorder preschoolers ages 6-12 ages 13-18 adults
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder preschoolersages 6-12ages 13-18adults
Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified preschoolers ages 6-12 ages 13-18 adults
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Services Provided Directly Relating to Autism
Individual assessment, establishing goals and priorities for treatmentYes
Overall design of an individualized intervention programYes
Development of specific teaching strategies/programsYes
Training of interventionists and/or parentsYes
Supervision of data collection and analysis, monitoring progressYes
Behavioral consulting, designing and supervising interventions for challenging behaviorYes
Designing, implementing, and supervising language and communication programsYes
Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to motor skillsYes
Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to activities of daily livingYes
Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to sensory problemsNo
Designing, implementing, and supervising programs related to teaching social skillsYes
Designing, implementing, and supervising programs to teach academic skillsYes
Designing, implementing, and supervising programs to teach vocational and job skillsYes
Family or individual counsellingNo
Community training sessions and workshopsYes
Other Services
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Education
Degree/Diploma/Certificate Accredited Institution Year
Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (1-03-1227) Behavior Analyst Certification Board Littleton, CO (850) 765-0905 2003
M.A. - Applied Behaviour Analysis Teachers College Columbia University, NY (212) 678-3000 2002
B.A. - Psychology 1998
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Formal Coursework Relevant to Autism (from accredited Institutions)
Applied Behavior Analysis Principles & Methods Behavioral Assessment & Measurement Autism Spectrum Disorder Child Development
University Graduate CoursesFull course Full course Part course Full course
University Undergraduate CoursesFull course Part course Part course
Community College Courses
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Supervised Practical Training Related to Autism (Academic & Workplace)
Agency/School
Rockland Board of Cooperative Educational Services, NY
Start - End Dates
09/2001 - 06/2005
Supervised By
Dr. R.D. Greer, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Psychology
Hours per month
50
Designing and Evaluating Treatment Plans and ProgramsYes
Conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and Designing Behavior Support plansYes
Working Directly with Children with ASD to Implement ProgramsYes
Teaching and Training Others (family members, other consultants, etc.)Yes
Agency/School
Jigsaw CABAS School (Comprehensible Applications of Behaviour Analysis to Schooling), United Kingdom
Start - End Dates
09/2002 - 06/2003
Supervised By
Dr. R.D. Greer, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Psychology
Hours per month
10
Designing and Evaluating Treatment Plans and ProgramsYes
Conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and Designing Behavior Support plansYes
Working Directly with Children with ASD to Implement ProgramsYes
Teaching and Training Others (family members, other consultants, etc.)Yes
Agency/School
ABA Teaching Homes, (The Children’s Foundation/ KARMA Society)
Start - End Dates
09/2001 - 06/2005
Supervised By
Dr. Richard Foxx, Professor of Psychology
Hours per month
2
Designing and Evaluating Treatment Plans and ProgramsYes
Conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and Designing Behavior Support plansYes
Working Directly with Children with ASD to Implement ProgramsYes
Teaching and Training Others (family members, other consultants, etc.)Yes
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Employment Experience
The following is a brief overview of my most recent employment experience:

November 2003 – present: Behavior Consultant
designing and implementing comprehensive ABA (applied behavior analysis) home- and school-based programs for children and youth with a diagnosis of ASD.

January 2006 – present: Clinical Director of two ABA Teaching Homes
providing individualized residential treatment for youth with ASD.

January 2006 – present: Instructor, Surrey College
I teach one component of the ABA Support Worker program called "Working in Schools: Applied Behavior Analysis In The School Setting."

September 2002 – October 2004: Supervisor and teacher at the Jigsaw CABAS School in Mytchett, Hampshire, England. The Jigsaw school follows the Comprehensive Application of Behavioral Analysis to schooling (CABAS) system, specializing in the education of students with autism.
My duties included training teachers in individualized curriculum design and monitoring school-wide and individual student data.

September 2002 - June 2002: Public school teaching assistant, as part of the CABAS Program for the Rockland Board of Co-operative Education in New York State.
I supported Grade 8 students with emotional disturbances, and a class of kindergarten students diagnosed with autism and language delay. The curriculum design reflected the principles of ABA and involved detailed data collection and classroom management procedures.
Philosophy and Approach to Working with Individuals and Families with Autism
I believe that all children with autism can learn, and that achieving this goal for children with ASD depends on effective teaching that is grounded in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I believe strongly in this approach, which has shown to be effective in many professional research articles that have focused on ABA and related topics, and I have used the approach for over 12 years—first as an instructor (therapist) and now as a behavior consultant and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

The individualized treatment programs that I design are based on detailed assessments and are aimed at meeting child and family needs in a variety of areas, including communication, social skills, leisure skills, academics, and self-management. They include monitoring of treatment protocols and strategies to ensure the program is meeting stated goals. A key focus is on teaching the child communication skills that are useful (functional) and used (generalized) in all areas of his or her life. Besides the acquisition of new skills, I believe it is also important to emphasize the self-management of challenging behaviors, in order to increase the likelihood that each child will achieve his or her own greatest level of independence. My design includes trial-by-trial data collection, visual summaries of data on graphs, and on-going analysis of data collection systems.

I also believe that the involvement of parents and siblings is essential to the success of any treatment plan. Accordingly, I provide supervision and training to parents, tutors (therapists), and school-based personnel who support the child; and I encourage family members to be active participants by running their own programs, attending meetings, and providing feedback on treatment strategies and goals.
Professional Development Activities
Over the years I have attended a number of seminars, workshops in order to advance my knowledge in the field of ASD. These have included the following:

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007: International Association of Behavior Analysis conventions in San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Diego, respectively;

October, 2003 (Burnaby, BC): Attendance at a presentation entitled, “Do the Right Thing.” Presentation by Bobby Newman, sponsored by the Autism Society of BC;

July, 2003 (Parma, Italy): Attendance at the European Association of Behavior Analysis annual convention;

February, 2003 (New York): Attendance at the CABAS (Comprehensive Application of Behavioral Analysis to Schooling) annual conference.
Presentations and Publications
May, 2007 (San Diego, CA): Three-hour workshop entitled, “Generalization and Maintenance in Discrete Trial Programs for Children with Autism,” at the International Association of Behaviour Analysis convention. Using examples of students with varying functional levels and at different levels of programming, this workshop described and demonstrated generalization and maintenance activities for common discrete trial programs using matching, gross motor imitation, and conversation programs;

May, 2006 (Atlanta, GA): Three hour workshop entitled, “Running Your Home-Based ABA Program: A Parent-Professional Perspective,” at the International Association of Behavior Analysis convention. Best practices in ABA home-based programming were described from the perspectives of a parent of a child with autism, a behavioral tutor, and a behavioral consultant;

May 2005 (Chicago, IL): Presentation entitled, “Assessing the Effects of a Relaxation Procedure on Assaults,” at the International Association of Behavior Analysis convention. This was a data-based presentation that including graphic displays;

July, 2003 (Parma, Italy): Presentation at the European Association of Behaviour Analysis convention on some of the tactics used within the Jigsaw CABAS School, entitled, “DRO With Rule Governed Behaviour To Decrease Personal Assaults on Teachers and Students” and “The Effect Of Listener Immersion On Learn Units To Criterion.”
Description of Fee Schedule
The fee for direct and indirect services is $100/hour (plus GST), billed hourly or in 15-minute increments. Direct services include assessments, curriculum design, consultation at team meetings, tutor observation sessions, school observations, and meetings with parents or teachers/school administrators. Indirect services include consultation via telephone, report writing, and curriculum design between home or school sessions. I also charge for travel time, which is charged for time spent traveling to and from the location of a consultation (all efforts will be made to minimize travel time). I will gladly discuss fees and expenses during the first consultation session.
References (Academic, Clinical, Family)
Available upon request.
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