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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.

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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

Missy BlackmerMissy Blackmer, MSEd, LMFT, LMHC
Director of Behavior Solutions

Missy joins our team with more than 16 years of experience in education, mental health and program management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University and her master’s degree in both school counseling and marriage and family therapy from IPFW. She is licensed as a mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist and certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Missy has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals with diagnoses including trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, psychosis, autism, developmental/intellectual disabilities and behavior disorders. She has extensive experience in mental health counseling, treatment planning, crisis intervention, parent education, trauma therapy and behavior intervention. In addition, she teaches at Huntington University for the graduate counseling school and enjoys training others and speaking to groups about mental health, trauma and compassion fatigue.

Behavior Consultant PatPat Bailey, 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 ToniToni Printzos, 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.

Heather, behavior consultantHeather Hower, MA

Heather graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in special education specializing in emotional disabilities and early childhood; she also earned a master's degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching special education students at the elementary, middle and high school levels for Adams-Wells Special Services, Northwest Allen County Schools, and Fort Wayne Community Schools. During her career, she has taught students with mental illness, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, and other health impairments. She has extensive experience developing and implementing behavior plans as well as assisting students to generalize social skills across settings in the school environment.

Abby WidmerAbby Widmer, MSW

Abby graduated from Ball State University in 2000 majoring in social work and minoring in interpersonal relationships. After working in the field for two years, she moved to Indianapolis to attend IUPUI and earned her Master of Social Work. Abby has been in the social work field for nearly 19 years. She has worked in case management, intensive family preservation, adoption, hospice, healthcare, rape and sexual assault, and behavior consulting. She also has served on a Mayor’s Task Force and two social work educational boards, one at the University of Saint Francis and one at Taylor University (Upland). The past has given her valuable experiences working with many different people and populations, and she enjoys seeing those individuals learn and grow.

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