Office Contests - Ugly Sweater 2016

Our team members in all of our offices stepped up to the challenge this week with an Ugly Sweater Contest. So many entries and such fantastic options to vote on. The winners were announced! Congratulations to everyone on some truly spectacular sweaters. It's the best way to kick off the holidays - with a little fun and a laugh.



Lancaster, CA Parent Workshop

Disability Rights Legal Center attorney, Elizabeth Eubanks, will be presenting at the Consortium of Advocates, Parents, & Parent Partners on Monday, September 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Library. She will be sharing information and answering questions related to special education rights and responsibilities. Space is still available! We recommend this informative evening to any parent or caregiver interested in finding out more about Individual Education Plans (IEP).


Los Angeles Office Jersey Day

The Los Angeles office got into the team spirit by proudly wearing team jerseys. 


Halloween Contests - Door Decorating & Pumpkin Carving

It is quite clear we have some very talented people on our team! The Social Committee would like to thank everyone that took the time to participate in the Door Decorating Contest and Pumpkin Carving Contest. They received some fantastic entries! Please join us in congratulating the winners!

Door Decorating Contest

  • First Place: Mariah Keys - Dallas Office
  • Second Place: Jocelyn Bennett and Danielle Acevedo - Riverside Office
    Special Note from Jocelyn and Danielle: "The ghost door is full of our Spooktacular kids handprints. They also wrote what they are going to be for Halloween! The B and the F (to represent Behavior Frontiers) - we glued individual eyeballs!"
  • Third Place: Colleen McKenzie - San Diego Office
    Special Note from Colleen: "There is a bat for each of our clients and staff here in San Diego"

Pumpkin Carving Contest

  • First Place: Omar Rodriguez - Long Beach Behavior Instructor
  • Second Place: Patrick Ebrahamian - Pasadena Behavior Instructor
  • Third Place: Mary Points - San Jose Case Manager

Thank you for everyone who participated!


The Gladiators of Orange County


Our amazing Orange County office team ran, slid, jumped and crawled their way through 5 kilometers of mud and dirt...all to help raise autism awareness by supporting TACA (Talk About Curing Autism). Hardwork, dedication and teamwork at its finest! They spent the epic day working together and supporting each other to get to the finish line and we couldn't be more proud to have them on the Behavior Frontiers team!


Grace and Cindy Celebrating 10 Years at Behavior Frontiers!

Congratulations to Grace Gomez and Cindy Williams (Santohigashi) who are celebrating 10 Years at Behavior Frontiers!

Grace Gomez
Grace Gomez began her employment with Behavior Frontiers on June 25, 2005. Early in Grace's senior year of college, Helen passed out employment flyers outside Grace's psychology class at UCLA. Grace held onto this flyer and remembered our company throughout the rest of her senior year. Grace joined Behavior Frontiers shortly after graduating from UCLA. Grace continued her education while at Behavior Frontiers and received her masters from Cal State Long Beach.  Subsequently, Grace took the additional BCBA coursework, passed the BCBA exam and became a Behavior Supervisor at Behavior Frontiers. In 2010, Grace told us that she was moving to Texas with her fiancé, Charles, who is now her husband. We did not want Grace to leave Behavior Frontiers, so Grace decided to open a Behavior Frontiers office in Dallas as a clinical director. This was our first additional office. We did not have any clients in this area, so Grace did all the groundwork to set up the new office, get new clients and hire and train new instructors. Although it was not always easy, Grace maintained a positive attitude and was willing to do whatever it took to ensure that the office succeeded. Grace has continued to grow the Dallas office and allow us to provide exceptional services to children in Texas. We are proud of everything that Grace has given to Behavior Frontiers and our clients.

Thank you Grace for all that you have done over the past 10 years! We look forward to your continued journey with Behavior Frontiers!
Cindy Williams (Santohigashi)
Cindy began her employment with Behavior Frontiers on July 6, 2005, after graduating from UCLA and shortly after we had moved into our current (although a lot smaller) office in LA as the administrative assistant. The office was so new that we did not even have a chair for Cindy to sit on in the lobby when she came in for her interview. Although she had no chair, Cindy could still see the vision of Behavior Frontiers. After Cindy started working at Behavior Frontiers, she got a shiny, new, black Honda Civic. Cindy's role quickly expanded as we grew and she became the office scheduler and then the scheduling coordinator. As we hired additional schedulers, Cindy began to take on billing, HR and compliance tasks. In recent years, Cindy has focused more on the billing and compliance tasks, but still knows almost everything about almost everything in our company. It would be shocking if there is anyone in the company who does not know who Cindy is. Cindy has been the backbone of the company for so many years, and we truly are grateful for everything she has given to the company. The success of Behavior Frontiers is due in large part to the efforts of Cindy over the years. And through it all, Cindy still has her black(ish) and not-so-shiny-and-new, Honda Civic!
Thank you Cindy for all your hard work, long hours, great attitude, smiles and laughs over the past 10 years! We look forward to your next role within Behavior Frontiers!


Help move SB 479 (Behavior Analyst Licensure Bill) through its first hearing in the Senate!

The first hearing has been set for April 27th, 2015 in front of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.

Help move SB 479 (Behavior Analyst Licensure Bill) through its first hearing in the Senate.

THE GOAL: Generate 200 letters of support for SB 479 by April 20th.

The voices of practitioners and families receiving our services are especially important right now. We need everyone to write a letter of support by April 20th!

Here's how to do it:
1.     Read and share the Call To Action from CalABA.

2.     Use the following letter templates to get started:

3.     Ask families explicitly to write a letter of support.

  • The letters should emphasize why SB 479 is personally important and should avoid getting too technical. Remind them to use the templates to get started.
  • Practitioners should use care and caution when approaching families to write letters of support. We don't want families to feel coerced into supporting our bill. Our first professional obligation is to our consumers and their families.

4.     Send 1 copy of each letter to EVERY member of the Senate Committee on Business, Professions, and Economic Development.

  • Contact information can be found on p. 2 of the Call to Action handout.



Medi-Cal Coverage for ABA Talk - April 13th in Hermosa Beach, CA

Save the Date! Our Executive Director, Helen Mader, will be presenting at the Kiwanis Club Hall (2515 Valley Dr, Hermosa Beach, CA) on Monday April 13th. She will discuss the latest updates regarding Medi-Cal coverage of ABA for autism in California. She will provide information regarding Medi-Cal eligibility, comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, required qualifications of providers, continuity of care requirements, regional center client transitions, co-pays, rates, local Medi-Cal health plans and managed care plan options, and state complaint contacts. She will also discuss how parents can take action to fight for the best Medi-Cal options for their children. Q & A will follow.


Reducing Holiday Stress for Families of Children with Autism

With the holidays rapidly approaching, families start to prepare for the onslaught of copious amounts of food, time spent with family, family visitors, shopping, decorating, school vacations, and all the expected hustle and bustle of the holiday session.

Not only do the holidays emphasize good times, Yule tide, and cheer the season also brings along elevated levels of stress for families, this can be especially true for families of children with autism.

Schedule changes, unexpected transitions, unstructured time, and even a break in services can lead to children experiencing increased stress and can lead to their parents and families feeling increased amounts of stress. Here are some tips to help reduce the holiday stress for your child and hopefully yourself as well:

Planning and Preparation – Help your child prepare for the holiday session. Make family trips, school end/start dates, and other important events on a calendar that the child can see. Help count down or review upcoming events so your child will be prepared.

Limit Surprises – Limit unexpected events or visitors, remind your child of what to expect, what behavior is expected, and what will be occurring during the day.

Reinforce Behavior – Establish what the child can earn daily or throughout the day for engaging in appropriate behavior. Explain what is expected and what the child will earn to increase positive behaviors.

Small Changes – If you are anticipating decorating the house, do it in small steps instead of changing the environment all on one day. Perhaps hang lights one day, decorate interior the next, then the tree, and then final trimmings.

Keep a Consistent Schedule -  Even if school or services pause over the holidays continue to have the child wake up around the same time, complete the daily dressing routine, follow the same eating schedule, and keep the night routine as consistent as possible.

Practice, Practice, Practice – Create opportunities for learning; social stories, role-play, model what is polite and appropriate behavior when receiving gifts, waiting for others to open gifts, or when visiting another adult’s house.

Relaxation Strategies – Practice calming and relaxation strategies if you or your child is experiencing increased levels of stress or if they are over stimulated.

Be Flexible – Many times things won’t go as planned or simple events like shopping take longer than expected, that is ok, remember to remain calm and go with the flow

Enjoy Your Child – Make time to enjoy your child by sharing a fun activity or just being with your child, remember sometimes things are hard for them but with some forethought and planning you can help to reduce the stress that comes with the holiday session.


New Tools for an Autism Friendly Halloween

It's time of year again. It's time to start prepping for a fun night of Trick or Treating. We want to help you make sure everyone has a safe and fun experience. We created this post for creating an autism friendly Halloween and we have also updated this helpful print out to use for non-verbal children or children who need a little assistance trick or treating. Happy Halloween! Download the free printable here.