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Kaci N. Parker-Smith, M.Ed, BCBA

I have over 13 years of hands on experience working with children who have special needs. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Certification;BCBA site) with a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin.

Experience

Owner & Consultant, KNS Autism Consulting & Behavior Therapy

Director & Consultant, Behavior Intervention Specialists of Los Angeles

Senior Lead Teacher, Private School Program

Behavior Therapist, Autism Consulting

Early Intervention Specialist, Early Childhood Intervention (MHMR)

Education

Master of Education, Early Childhood Special Education

University of Texas at Austin

 

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

University of North Texas

 

Bachelor of Science, Child Development and Family Relationships

University of Texas at Austin

Certifications

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Personal History

 

I began working with children professionally 13 years ago while I was an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. I was pursuing a career in medicine when that career path changed to a more developmental/educational approach to working with children. I volunteered at Children's Hospital of Austin and Brackenridge Hospital in the Specialty Care Center, in the purple and green units on patient floors dealing with a myriad of symptoms, and my favorite, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (where I later interned in graduate school).  Through my volunteer work and coursework, I became interested in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and children with special needs. After I graduated with a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relationships from the University of Texas at Austin, I started my graduate program in Early Childhood Special Education. In graduate school, I became fascinated with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I was a research assistant for Dr. Melissa Olive and her project on Functional Communication Training.

Towards the end of my graduate program, I became an Early Intervention Specialist (EIS) for an Austin area ECI program. As an EIS, I worked with children with special needs aged birth to 3 and their families in the natural environment such as the home, Mother's Day Out or day care. I was part of a multi-disciplinary team of speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and social workers. While working as an EIS, I was introduced to Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior and the teaching techniques of Dr. Vincent Carbone, Dr. Mark Sundberg, and Dr. Jim Partington. I was excited about verbal behavior and the opportunities it provided children with ASD. After ECI, I worked as a lead teacher for kindergarten students and preschool students at a private program for children with autism in Austin. While teaching, I took classes from the University of North Texas and received a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis in December 2004. I became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in June 2005.

I find it very important to share that I am the parent of a 5 year-old little boy who was diagnosed with autism in November 2010. Caring for my son full-time has given me the rare opportutnity to fully experience autism on a very personal level which to my surprise was completely different than how I experience autism professionally. I was so naive to think that parenting a child with autism would be similar to treating a child with autism. How wrong I was! I now had the full understanding of what my families dealt with everyday and could empathize with them about how difficult it was to just survive and get through each day. I feel that having my own child with autism will allow me to be a much better professional. I can truly tell my clients that I know what they are going through and can hopefully give them the support they need.

I now continue to work with children with special needs in my own private consulting practice - Explore Autism Consulting and Behavior Therapy. For more information on my consulting practice, please see the Services section.

Resources

ExploreAutism Consulting works with behavioral therapists in locations throughout the United States, with an emphasis on the Central Texas area. Below is the resume for the founder of ExploreAutism Consulting, Kaci Parker-Smith:

bullet Kaci N. Parker-Smith Resume