About ABA

ABA...well what's that you say? ABA is a wonderful therapy designed to assist with behavior challenges and increase communication, social and play, and life skills for learners typically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) will assess and design individualized treatment goals. Our team of highly trained Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) will work directly with the learners on the goals identified by the BCBAs.

To learn more about receiving an ASD diagnosis, please visit the Arkansas Department of Human Service website.

ABA at Easterseals

ABA at Easterseals is being implemented into the learners day-to-day, meaning they will have their own one-to-one RBT with them throughout their school day. This RBT will work with the learner to assist them in navigating work tasks and behavioral episodes as needed.

The ABA team will work alongside the learners team (i.e., SLPs, OTs, PTs, and Teachers) to ensure the quality of care your learner deserves.

Easterseals Arkansas is committed to provide quality and compassionate care to all individuals, regardless of race or culture background. We are dedicated to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of the organization and are valued for their skills, experience and unique perspectives. This is immersed in Easterseals policy as the way we do business.

Meet Our Team

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Mariel Spicer, MS ABA, BCBA
Director of Applied Behavior Analysis

Mariel Spicer started her career in Applied Behavior Analysis as an Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) in Chicago, IL in 2015. She worked with individuals ranging from 10-75 years of age, in both the home and community setting. She relocated to Tampa, Florida in 2017 and continued in the field of ABA as a home and community based RBT for individuals ranging from 4-18 years of age.

In 2018, she journeyed back to her hometown of Little Rock, where she received her Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Certification and her Mastered in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Later that year, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Since returning to Arkansas, Mariel has worked with individuals ranging from 18 months to 21 years of age, implementing ABA therapy across a variety of settings as both a BCBA and a Clinical Director of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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Bethany Long, MS ABA, BCBA
Board Certified Bahavior Analyst

Bethany Long started her career in Applied Behavior Analysis as a Registered Behavior Therapist (RBT) in 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She worked with individuals ranging from 18 months to 18 years of age in the home and clinic setting.

In August 2021 she received her masters of science in Ouachita Baptist University in their first cohort, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in November of 2021. Since then she has worked with individuals from 2-18 years in the clinic and school setting and has also mentored and supervised students receiving their fieldwork in ABA.

Before becoming a Registered Behavior Technician, Bethany worked in the Easterseals Arkansas waiver program and several developmental preschools where she was able to work alongside Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapists.

Easterseals Arkansas Accreditations

Easterseals Arkansas is an Authorized Continuing Education Provider. Meaning our team of BCBA clinicians are able to provide ongoing continuing education to all BCBA clinicians.

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Easterseals is BHCOE accredited, which demonstrates that we scale with integrity, are sustainable, offer high patient satisfaction, and are at the forefront of offering effective treatment. Read more about BCHOEABA-BHCE

For more information, contact:

Mariel Spicer