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Erin Lombard, MEd, BCBA

Erin Lombard

Name: Erin Lombard
Role / Credential: MEd, BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert of Transition Survival
Company Name: Step By Step Academy
Company URL: http://www.stepbystepacademy.org
Ability to Contribute: Erin Lombard is currently a behavior consultant with over 12 years of experience working with children with autism and developme

Erica Holding, PhD, BCBA-D

Erica Holding

Name:Erica Holding
Role / Credential: PhD, BCBA-D
Special Learning’s Designation:Panelist
Company Name: Autism Spectrum Therapies
Company URL: https://autismtherapies.com/
Ability to Contribute: Erica serves as a Director of Partnerships in the Pacific Northwest and has been working in the field of autism treatment for over 25 years.

Cynthia Ring, MEd, BCBA

Christine Austin, BCaBA

Christine Austin

Name: Christine Austin
Role / Credential: BCaBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert
Company Name: Step By Step Academy
Company URL: https://www.stepbystepacademy.org/
Ability to Contribute: Christine regularly presents at professional conferences on topics related to autism and behavioral support.

Amy Sartin, MA, BCBA

Amy Sartin

Name:Amy Sartin
Role / Credential: MA, BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, Inc. (CLASS)
Company URL: https://classaba.com/
Ability to Contribute: Amy Sartin is a BCBA in Northern California. She has over 10 years experience in the field of Behavior Analysis, and has been a BCBA for five years.

Ann Beirne, MA, BCBA, COBA

Ann Beirne

Name: Ann Beirne
Role / Credential: MA, BCBA, COBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist of Multidisciplinary Collaboration
Company Name: Proud Moments ABA
Company URL: https://www.proudmomentsaba.com/
Ability to Contribute: Ann Beirne, MA, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over two decades of experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Angela Sallerson, OTR/L

Angela Sallerson
Name:Angela Sallerson
Role / Credential:OTR/L
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist of ABCs of Sensory Processing Disorder: Where Do I Start?
Company Name:Imua Family Services
Company URL: https://imuafamily.org/
Ability to Contribute:Angela has a training in Sensory Processing (Sr. Ready Approach Therapist), Sensory Integration (Certified), NDT for children and adults (training), Feeding Disorders, Oral Motor Beckman Approach, How Does Your Engine Run, Vestibular and Proprioceptive Dysfunction in Charge Syndrome, Feeding Disorders in Charge Syndrome, How to Set Goals for Nursing Home and Home Based Therapy and many other workshops for pediatrics.

Amanda Fishley, MA, BCBA, COBA

Amanda Fishley

Name: Amanda Fishley
Role / Credential: MA, BCBA, COBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist of ABCs of Sensory Processing Disorder: Where Do I Start?
Company Name: 
Company URL: 
Ability to Contribute: She has extensive experience mentoring and providing supervision to RBTs, BCBA candidates and behavior analysts.

Iris Maynard, MA

Iris Maynard

Name: Iris Maynard
Role / Credential: MA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist for Ethics of Compassionate Mandated Reporting Across Disciplines
Company Name: El Paso County Department of Human Services
Company URL: www.humanservices.elpasoco.com
Ability to Contribute: Iris trains and supervises a team of caseworkers weekly to discuss cases, to create treatment plans, to address parent’s protective capacities, concerns, worker performance, and career development to achieve peak productivity, performance, and motivation.

Deborah P. Coehlo, PhD, C-PNP, PMHS, CFLE


Name: Deborah P. Coehlo
Role / Credential: PhD, C-PNP, PMHS, CFLE​
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert in Psychopharmacology
Company Name: Juniper Pediatrics
Company URL: www.juniperpediatrics.com
Ability to Contribute: Dr. Debbie Coehlo is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Mental Health Specialist with a Doctoral Degree in Family Sciences and Human Development.

Ronnie Detrich, PhD

Dr. Ronnie Detrich

Name: Ronnie Detrich
Role / Credential: PhD
Special Learning’s Designation: World’s Leading Expert in ABA in Schools
Company Name: Detrich and Associates
Company URL: 
Ability to Contribute: Dr. Ronnie Detrich has been a student of ABA for over 50 years. As an ABA practitioner with over 50 years of direct hands-on clinical experience, his body of work and contribution to the field of ABA.


Parent Waitlist Program


November 02, 2023 | 12pm-1pm PDT

Journey to Independence

Community-based program designed to support families on waitlist

Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

Mother Child
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