About Advanced ABA

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Advanced ABA was founded in 2012 to provide high quality services to children and their families. We provide research-based practices based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and years of clinical experience. We believe in the highest standards and we strive to provide responsive, competent, and quality services.

Our Team

  • April Ringer, M.A., BCBA

    Founder/Chief Executive Officer

    April began working with children and teens in 2001. She started her career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2008, where she worked as a behavior technician providing therapy for children while attending California State University, Sacramento. April gained experience working with children with special needs, ranging from ages 15 months to 20 years old. April received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 2009 and continued to work in the field of ABA within a variety of environments including home, school, and community settings. April received a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching with a specialization in ABA from National University in 2012 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) later that year.

    April established Advanced ABA, Inc. in 2012 with the mission to provide quality services to families using the principles of ABA. She ensures the delivery of qualitative services by individualizing the methodology to each child, as well as focusing on providing effective Parent Training for long-term success. She enjoys training others in ABA, creating and maintaining a positive team-work environment, and utilizing ABA techniques in all areas of her life, including with her 2 young daughters.

  • Amy Wilson, M.S., BCBA

    Executive Clinical Director

    Amy has been working in the field of ABA since May 2000. She started out providing direct, in-home treatment to individuals with ASD and a variety Developmental Delays. Amy has worked in many different environments, such as center-based services, and in the home, school, and community settings, with individuals from 16 months to 21 years of age. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Psychology and Human Development which she earned in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. In 2014, Amy received her Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015.

    Her passion for ABA started when she was first introduced to the field and it has grown over the years. Amy joined the Advanced ABA team in 2015. As a BCBA and the Executive Clinical Director with Advanced ABA, Amy’s primary focus is providing quality services to individuals with ASD in the Santa Clara County Area. Her compassion for those working in the field as well as the clients and their families drives her to continue to work in ABA, and to love what she does. She is especially interested in ensuring quality parent training to assist with generalization and continued growth for children. Amy strives to see parents gain the knowledge and confidence to understand their role in helping their child to grow and gain new skills. Amy is an advocate for the use of ABA for anyone and has implemented strategies on her own son since he was a baby. In her free time, you will find Amy spending quality time with her family and enjoying the beach.

  • Brittany Kravets, M.Ed., BCBA

    Clinical Director

    Brittany received her bachelor's degree in biology from Boston University in 2005, and worked in animal behavior from 2005 to 2009. She began working with children on the autism spectrum in 2009, as a classroom aide in an Autism-specific classroom in Pennsylvania. She then moved on to work as a behavioral therapist providing in-home services for children and teens aged 2-18. Brittany received her master's degree in Educational Psychology from Edinboro University in 2012, and was promoted to a supervisor shortly after.

    In 2014, Brittany moved to California and began working at Advanced ABA as a Behavior Consultant. At that time, she also began to work towards her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. Brittany became a BCBA in August 2016, and was promoted to Clinical Director in December 2016. She now supports the staff at Advanced ABA (Behavior Technicians and Behavior Consultants) and works with families to make meaningful behavior change in their lives. Brittany loves working with families and individuals of all kinds, but she particularly enjoys working on social and daily living skills with older children and teens.

  • Bailey Bakken, B.A.

    Senior Behavior Consultant

    Bailey started working with kids with ASD in 2012. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University in 2017. Bailey is currently working on her Master's Degree in Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis from Purdue Global University.

    Bailey started working at Advanced ABA in November of 2016. Her responsibilities include reviewing lesson plans, providing support to Behavior Technicians in the field, and working on parent goals during sessions and meetings. She proactively collaborates with the Clinical Director to assure that each client's needs are being met.

    She enjoys ABA because it is a process that is highly individualized for each client to promote growth in those with ASD. ABA is also fun! It can involve play and socialization while introducing real-world situations. She’s excited to meet all her families and can’t wait to get started!

  • Kayla Wallace

    Behavior Consultant

    Kayla received her bachelor's in psychology from San Diego State University in 2015 and is now pursuing a master's degree in psychology from Capella University. Kayla has been working with children for over ten years, starting as a babysitter and then as a child watch attendant at the YMCA before becoming a registered behavior technician. Kayla has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for 3 years as a Registered Behavior Technician and is now a Behavior Consultant. Kayla is most interested in helping kids on the spectrum with their social and functional communication skills.

    When she is not working, you can find Kayla watching sports like football and hockey. Kayla also enjoys playing sports, hiking, watching TV, and hanging out with her husband and dog.

  • Melissa Taganas

    Behavior Consultant

    Melissa has been working with kids since 2012. She started assisting with a junior dance competition team and knew from there she wanted a career involving kids. Melissa received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Movement Science from San Jose State University in 2012. After her time as an undergraduate, Melissa worked as a Physical Therapy (PT) aide and was a PT volunteer in the pediatrics department at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

    Melissa started as a Behavior Technician at Advanced ABA in 2016. She was promoted to Senior Behavior Technician a year later and started leading Social Skills Groups in 2018. Leading the Social Skills Groups has been Melissa’s favorite position here at Advanced ABA. Melissa’s passion for ABA has grown over time as new opportunities arose for her. She loves training new Behavior Technicians and constantly acquiring new skills in the field. Melissa is currently working on her master's degree as an aspiring BCBA.

    Outside of work, Melissa enjoys being outdoors playing sports with family or going on hikes. You can also find her at baseball games watching the awesome Buster Posey play catcher for the San Francisco Giants!

  • Daisy Reynoso, RBT

    SSG Lead/SBT

    Daisy comes from a big family with a lot of cousins and being one of the older cousins, she has always been around kids. In her senior year of High School, Daisy was an aide for the daycare on site. She loves helping people out in any form that she can. That passion took her to school to become a certified nurse assistant.

    Daisy made a career change after six years and landed a job working with little ones in an ABA program as a BT and then as an Early Interventionist. She has also worked in daycare settings and a middle school. She has been working with Advanced ABA since 2018 and the staff is so helpful. Working with kids in general has been one of the most rewarding jobs she has had and she learns something everyday from the kids and that's a beautiful gift. Daisy loves to see the progress her kids make after time. Now that she has a son of her own, she loves to apply ABA on him. Daisy has the opportunity to lead SSG, and her favorite part has to be arts and crafts. Each child will add their own personality into their craft and it's amazing to see how they think out of the box.

    In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband and son; they go to the park or watch football on Sundays.

  • Dang Trinh, B.A., RBT

    SSG Lead/SBT
  • Jennifer Youm, M.Ed., RBT

    SSG Lead/SBT

    Jennifer has been working with kids since 2011. She started as a swim instructor where she varied between teaching children basic survival skills to mastering each stroke before joining a swim team. In 2015, Jennifer had her first experience volunteering with a child with ASD and through that encounter, she decided to seek a career involving children on the spectrum.

    Jennifer got her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from UC Davis in 2017. Then, she continued her education and received her Masters in Education at Arizona State in Curriculum and Instruction (Applied Behavior Analysis) in 2019. Jennifer is now working towards taking her BCBA exam in 2020.

    Jennifer’s first experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis started at Advanced ABA in September of 2017 as a Registered Behavior Technician. In 2019, she became a Senior Behavior Technician and Social Group Lead where she works with new Behavior Technicians and prepares for social group at the clinic. Jennifer loves seeing the effectiveness and positive change that ABA has provided for clients and families.

    Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys playing sports, checking out new restaurants, and watching The Office endlessly at home.

  • Leanne Navarro, B.S., RBT

    SSG Lead/SBT

    Leanne received her bachelor’s in Recreational Therapy from San Jose State University in 2018. She had always seen herself working with children and decided to take a step into the Applied Behavior Analysis field in 2018. Since then, she has loved working in the field and enjoys every aspect of working with individuals with autism. After a few months of working at Advanced ABA, Leanne decided to pursue higher education in the ABA field. She is currently working on her master’s degree from Capella University to become a BCBA.

    Leanne enjoys working at Advanced ABA as a Senior BT and as a Social Skills Group Lead. The best part about her role at Advanced ABA is being able to provide support to other Behavior Technicians, educating and training parents, and leading a group in a clinic-based setting.

    When she is not working, you can find her studying or spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys traveling, watching Netflix, and being outdoors.

  • Ashley O’Connor, B.A.

    Office Manager/SBT

    Ashley has been working with children since high school, starting as a soccer coach to children from ages 3 to 10 years old where she fell in love with teaching kiddos. Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development from California State University, East Bay, in 2014. During this time Ashley worked for the sports camp Skyhawks where she first got experience working with children with special needs and knew that she wanted to turn it into a career.

    Ashley started her career in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2015 as a Behavior Technician at Advanced ABA where she gained more experience with individuals with ASD in homes, schools, and in the community. She became a Senior Behavior Technician in 2017 when she realized she wanted to further her education and work towards advancing her career with Advanced ABA. Later in 2017, Ashley was promoted to Behavior consultant and is currently a Graduate Student at Capella University earning her Master’s of Science Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis and is working towards taking the BCBA exam in 2019.

    She loves everything about ABA and enjoys working with parents and Behavior Technicians on how to effectively implement ABA strategies to teach kiddos to increase their independence and functional communication. Ashley uses ABA in her everyday life with family, friends, and even her soccer teammates (especially providing specific praise!). When she is not at work you can find her studying, playing soccer, and attending San Jose Earthquakes and San Jose Sharks games.

  • Dañelle Arritt, B.A., RBT

    Scheduler/SBT

    Dañelle has always worked with kids - starting off as a babysitter, through tutoring, and after school programs. She has worked with kids of all ages, from infants to adolescents. She received her bachelor of arts degree from California State University, Monterey Bay in Psychology with a minor in Human Development.

    She started working at Advanced ABA in May of 2019 as a Behavior Technician and worked her way up to Senior Behavior Technician as well as Administrator/Scheduler. Her favorite part of ABA is helping families communicate with their children. In her spare time, Dañelle enjoys being around her friends and family. When she is at home she likes to relax with her dog and significant other.

Our Mission

Advanced ABA is committed to helping children and teens have a successful learning experience and reach their full potential by providing quality services using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.