Kaitlin CausinChief Clinical Director
Maria PantelidesAssessment & Treatment Specialist
Taylor ChristenberryTalent Acquisition Specialist
Miriam NewmarkMaryland Regional Clinical Director

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Mission Statement

Attentive Behavior Care (ABC) is a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence comprised of behavior technicians,supervisors (e.g., Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Licensed Behavior Analysts (LBAs), and a strong administrative team who work together to provide ABA services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We specialize in providing intensive, individualized, treatment rooted in the principles of ABA in order to meet our patients’ needs. Our treatment plans focus on increasing skills that will lead to increased opportunities, involvement, and independence while simultaneously decreasing problem behavior and other barriers to learning.

It is our mission is to decrease the challenges faced and enhance the lives of individuals with ASD and their families by providing one-to-one instruction, group treatment, education, training, guidance, and resources.

Core Values

Every patient has the right to effective treatment that is rooted in the evidence-based literature of the science of ABA. Treatment must consist of an in-depth assessment to select goals and objectives which target socially significant behavior.

Every patient has the potential to learn new skills and the right to acquire meaningful repertoires measured by a consistent data collection system and systematic review.

Every patient has the right to programming and treatment which increases access to reinforcers, opportunities for rewarding personal relationships, well-being, productivity, independence, and community involvement while decreasing barriers to learning.

Every patient has the right to treatment that is provided within the context of what is legal, ethical, and best practice.

Parents/caregivers have the right to be involved throughout every facet of the assessment, treatment, transition, and discharge process through effective communication and active participation.

Every patient has the right to a treatment team of qualified, highly trained professionals.

Scope of Practice

Attentive Behavior Care agrees to only provide treatment that is within our scope of practice and area of expertise. For that reason, ABC will only provide treatment based on the principles of ABA. Goals/objectives will be determined solely based on the results from our assessment, parent/caregiver input, medical necessity, and other factors that may influence the development of an appropriate ABA treatment plan. All treatment goals must be related to the core deficits of ASD. ABC does not provide respite, babysitting, or tutoring services of any kind.

ABC providers agree to only provide treatment that is within the boundaries of their competency, defined as being commensurate with their education, training, and supervised experience.

ABC providers will only be expected to perform the duties and responsibilities as outlined by their job description from ABC.

Attentive Behavior Named as Top Behavioral Service Provider

Attentive Behavior has been presented with an Award of Distinction as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and named as a Top National Behavioral Service Provider in 2017. The award recognizes that the agency excels in the areas of clinical quality, patient satisfaction, and staff satisfaction, qualifications, and expertise. This distinction was awarded via a wide-range audit, including interviews with clinical leadership, detailed staff qualification review, anonymous staff satisfaction survey, and anonymous patient satisfaction survey. The agency has been recognized as an ethical, effective, high quality program that is an invaluable resource to the autism community.

Attentive Behavior Care is pleased to announce that we are a BACB® Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Provider

Kaitlin Causin – MA, BCBA, LBA (NY, MD, MA, AZ)
Chief Clinical Director

Kaitlin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst with over 15 years of experience working with children, teens, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Kaitlin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College, magna cume laude, with honors in Psychology, and a minor in Australian Studies. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Dual Childhood Education and Special Education from New York University, summa cume laude. Kaitlin completed her undergraduate mentorship and research under the guidance of Dr. Maria Ruiz, Dr. Rodger D. Ray, and Dr. Patrick E. McGreevy. Kaitlin received her supervision hours under the mentorship of Dr. Vincent J. Carbone at the Carbone Clinic where she worked from 2009 to 2015. Kaitlin has provided one-to-one instruction, supervision, training, and consultation to home programs, schools, clinics, and centers throughout the United States and Abroad. Kaitlin came to Attentive Behavior in March 2015 as the Chief Clinical Director. Kaitlin has published an original research manuscript in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, served as a guest reviewer for Behavior Modification, presented several workshops, posters, and symposia at professional conferences, and conducted clinical trainings, workshops, and professional development presentations. She is a dedicated volunteer with both the Autism Speaks New York City and Autism Speaks Long Island chapters. Kaitlin's goal is to ensure that high quality services are delivered to our patients at all times. Publication: Causin, K. G., Albert, K. M., Carbone, V. J., & Sweeney-Kerwin, E. J. (2013). The role of joint control in teaching listener responding to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 997-1011.

Maria Pantelides – MA, BCBA, LBA (NY, MD, MA)
Assessment & Treatment Specialist, ACE Coordinator

Maria is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst with over 9 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with autism. Maria earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College, City University of New York in Psychology with honors. She earned her Masters of Arts degree in General Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Queens College, City University of New York. Maria has provided quality applied behavior analysis services in homes, schools and community settings with parents, teachers, and staff. She has provided one to one instruction, supervision, parent training and consultation to home and school programs. Maria came to Attentive Behavior Care in September 2015 as the Assessment & Treatment Specialist and is Attentive’s ACE Coordinator since 2016.

Taylor Christenberry
Talent Acquisition Specialist

Taylor attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Taylor has been working at Attentive Behavior Care as the Talent Acquisition Specialist for the New York, New Jersey and Baltimore areas since 2016. Previous to Attentive Behavior Care, she has a strong background in marketing and sales.

Miriam Newmark
Maryland Regional Clinical Director

Miriam is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst and has 10 years of experience working with children and young adults with developmental disabilities and autism. Miriam has a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Grande Canyon University and attended the Florida Institute of Technology for her ABA Certification. She supervised 7 self-contained classes and has worked at Catapult Learning for 5 years. As of May 2016, Miriam has been the Regional Clinical Director overseeing the establishment of the Attentive Behavior Office in Baltimore. She is dedicated to helping the community be educated about the effectiveness of ABA and help reduce the impact of Autism.

Heyde Ramirez – MA, BCBA, NYS LBA
BCBA Supervisor

Heyde received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and her Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Queens College. As part of her graduate course work Heyde worked with students with Autism and subsequently published a study on simultaneous prompting procedures. Following graduation she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and continued to work with individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities across various settings. Heyde came to Attentive Behavior in 2015 as an independent contractor providing BCBA supervision, parent training and treatment planning on several ABA home based cases and joined the Clinical Team as a full-time BCBA in 2017. Her previous professional positions have included devising behavioral and habilitative goals for an adult day program, providing ABA therapy to school-aged children with severe behavior problems, and supervising and consulting with the psychology and social work department in a school setting for children with developmental disabilities.

Stacy Cohen – MA, BCBA, NYS LBA
BCBA Supervisor

Stacy was born and raised in Long Island, New York and went to St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire where she got her Bachelor's degree in Biology. After college Stacy spent a year in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania doing AmeriCorps at Camphill Special School, a residential school for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After AmeriCorps. Stacy began working at the New England Center for Children (NECC) a residential and day school for children with autism in Southborough, MA. While working at NECC, Stacy completed her Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis through Western New England University. Stacy joined the Attentive Behavior Clinical Team as a full-time BCBA Supervisor in 2016. Previously, she worked at NECC for six years. Stacy also enjoys running marathons in her spare time.

Katie Colaluca

Katie has a Master’s Degree in Childhood Special Education from the City college of New York and completed the FIT ABA program in 2015. Katie has been working in the field of ABA for about 10 years. She started out as a teaching assistant in a special education ABA classroom in Rockland County. After three years as a teaching assistant, she began to work as a preschool special education teacher, and bi-lingual early intervention provider, specializing in ABA cases, for the next 6 years. Katie came to Attentive Behavior in 2015 as a Paraprofessional. In August 2016, Katie passed her BCBA exam and joined the Attentive Behavior Clinical Team as a full-time BCBA in February 2017.

Gabby Galto

Gabby did her undergraduate studies at University of Harford and received her BA in Psychology. Philanthropy at Hartford, she fundraised and was an advocate for Autism Speaks. She started working with children as a tutor and shortly thereafter was drawn to the field of Behavior Analysis. Gabby graduated with her MS from Kaplan University with a major in Psychology and specialization in ABA. Gabby started to work at Attentive Behavior in August 2015 as a paraprofessional and joined the Clinical Team as a limited permit supervisor in April 2017. She is currently working towards her BCBA. Her professional interests include verbal behavior, treatment of severe problem behavior and functional assessments. Gabby is continually looking to expand her knowledge in the field of behavior analysis and evidenced based practices in her efforts to help improve the lives of others.

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