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Behavior Solutions

The behavior solutions team uses a holistic approach and strives to decrease disruptive or inappropriate behaviors and increase skills needed for clients to be successful in the home, school, workplace, and community. Our behavior consultants have earned master’s degrees in relevant fields and are trained to develop individualized plans to help turn challenging behaviors around.

Behavior consultants will address behaviors such as eloping, aggression, off-task, self-injurious or disruptive behaviors. We will work to determine the cause of the behaviors, and then design positive interventions and alternatives.

The process starts with an interview to find the best match between the client and one of our behavioral consultants. The behavioral consultant then works with the client and family to create a road map to reach goals.

Through a behavior consultant, individuals and families will gain:

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Quick Facts About Behavior Solutions

Holistic approach: The behavioral consultants understand how the behavior affects all aspects of functioning and will establish trusting relationships with the person to explore options to help resolve issues. Our behavior consultants appreciate the complexity of the person’s situation and environment in which the behavior occurs. Training and education is provided to the entire team to ensure everyone is collaborating toward the client’s success.

Schools also informed: For children who are still in school, our behavior consultants will share their findings and the Behavior Support Plans they formulate with the school.

Training provided: Our behavior consultants also provide general training on common issues such as autism, bullying, social skills, caregiver support, Alzheimer’s, and dealing with difficult behaviors. These trainings are open to not only Easterseals Arc staff, but also families, schools and all members of the individual’s team.

For more information about behavioral services, please contact Aimee Green, our intake and transition specialist, at agreen@esarc.org or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Autism Family Supports Program

Easterseals Arc has partnered with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to provide support to area Anthem members with autism spectrum disorder and their families. The Autism Family Supports Program serves Anthem members enrolled in Hoosier Healthwise, Healthy Indiana, and Hoosier Care Connect plans. Click here for additional information.

Partnerships

Our Behavior Solutions team also participates in the following family-oriented programs:

Meet Our Behavior Consultants

Behavior consultant MichelleMichelle Meinika, MS

Michelle is the director of the behavior solutions program. She graduated from Saint Francis College with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and obtained her master’s degree in education. Michelle has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual/developmental and emotional disabilities. She has extensive experience designing, training and implementing behavior support plans. She also has spent many years working in residential programs serving persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Michelle has acquired a unique understanding of the complexities surrounding what it takes to achieve successful outcomes within the individual’s different environments. She focuses on helping individuals and their families develop the tools needed to have better behavior management and social skills.

Behavior Consultant PatPat, MS Ed.

Prior to joining the Easterseals Arc team, Pat worked as a guidance counselor for Fort Wayne Community Schools. Her background includes working with children, parents and older adults with a variety of issues. She has worked with clients who have intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and mental health issues as well as individuals who have been abused and neglected. She has experience in both individual and group therapy.  Pat has a master’s degree in education and is pursuing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.

Behavior Consultant BradBrad, MA

Brad has been a behavior consultant for two years, and prior to that he worked as a one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist. Brad also has experience providing home-based therapy for children and families based on court orders through the Department of Child Services or probation. He enjoys working with teenagers as well as geriatric individuals with intellectual disabilities. Brad has a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis with an emphasis in autism.

Behavior Consultant ToniToni, MA

Toni retired from Fort Wayne Community Schools in June 2016. Her 39-year career in special education included the last 18 years as a Special Education Consultation Teacher and Resource Teacher for the special education department in Fort Wayne Community Schools. In that role, she provided training to the special education teachers at the middle school level as well as training paraprofessionals who worked with the special education teachers and special needs students. She also served on the Autism Team for the special education department.

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