Jessica is a 15-year teaching veteran and curriculum developer, with experience developing individualized education goals for a wide range of learners. She never saw herself as a behavioral therapist, but then she became a mother-and that changed everything!
Jessica and her husband Gary were blessed with four sons, including one who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at the age of four. Through her own experience navigating a special needs diagnosis, she became a passionate advocate for children who learn differently and their families. Her own experiences living with and loving a child with autism fueled her desire to bring compassionate behavioral solutions to other families like hers.
Jessica has spent the last ten years working with children with special needs in church, scouts, and educational settings. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys running, adventure travel, and embarrassing her teenagers.
Clinical Director-Terra Cliett, M.S in Applied Behavior Analysis, BCBA
Terra graduated with her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. While working on her degree she also worked at the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center where she specialized in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for young children with autism. During her time as a graduate student her focus was finding the most effective and efficient instructional techniques for children with autism.
She has served this population in a variety of settings including a center, school, church, and now in-home! Terra has an overwhelming amount of love for dogs, coffee, and taco Tuesdays.
Jordan graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Child Development. She began working in the field of ABA two years ago and now has clinic and in-home experience.
While working on her degree, she became an active volunteer with the Global Autism Project, which trains therapists in other countries the principles of ABA. She has been able to travel to Kenya, Indonesia, and India providing skills to their partner sites.
Jordan currently lives in Plano with her family and the family dog. She has plans to pursue her Master’s Degree and become a BCBA. In her free time, she likes to travel and spend time with her friends.
Courtney is a seasoned behavioral therapist with over a decade of experience in the field. She became interested in ABA when, while working as a preschool teacher, one of her students was diagnosed with autism. She received her initial training from the DFW Center for Autism which has since merged with Easter Seals North Texas.
Courtney worked as a freelance in home ABA therapist for a little over two years before joining the Autism Services program at the Child Study Center where she worked for eight years. During this time she worked on a numerous cases with varying needs and goals. As such, she feels comfortable and confident with each client she gets to help. Above all else, she wants to make a difference in lives of the children and families she works with.
Courtney lives in The Colony with her husband Kevin, and her twin daughters Aria and Nora. In her spare time she volunteers at Peters Colony Elementary School. She also loves Zumba, singing, and reading.
Annie graduated from East Carolina University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. During her time in college, she worked with the Autism Society of North Carolina where she used Developmental Therapy in her work. After graduation, Annie went on to using ABA in a center based setting. When Annie moved to Texas, she was given the opportunity to become a teacher for a repeat kindergartener in a homeschool setting. She now has in-home, school and center based setting experience.
One day, Annie hopes to merge her experience in the Special Education field with physical therapy. She dreams to one day open a private gym for children with special needs to receive specialized instruction on exercise and training.
Annie recently moved to Texas from North Carolina in September of 2016. She lives in Fort Worth with her fiancé; David, and her dog and cat. During her free time, Annie enjoys being outdoors, exercising and exploring her new surroundings in Fort Worth.
Grace graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Learning and Development. She is currently finishing her Master’s in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience and plans to start a BCBA certification program at the University of Cincinnati in the fall of 2017. She has been working as an ABA therapist for one year with a combination of center and in-home experience.
Grace is currently in pursuit of learning American Sign Language to further her abilities as a therapist. Her long-term career goals include obtaining her BCBA and opening an ABA clinic with her husband.
Grace currently lives in downtown Dallas with her husband, David. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Jonathan graduated from the University of North Texas in 2011 with a degree focused on psychology, criminal justice, and technical editing. After graduating, he went to work as a copy editor for an ESL program and developed lesson content for students learning English. He became a math and science tutor, aspiring to share a lifelong interest and passion for education. While working with students with learning disabilities, Jonathan found that he enjoyed the challenges and the opportunities to help students learn better communication and life skills along with their academic lessons.
Jonathan has worked at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area as an environmental educator. He led school field trips from all grade levels on topics related to outdoor education, biology, environmental science, and ecology. Jonathan does a lot of volunteer work in his free time. He works with a group called the Texas Master Naturalists, which helps to conserve and educate about our natural resources and local parks. He also serves as a youth group leader with his church.
Jonathan lives in Denton and has a German shepherd dog. His hobbies include woodworking, running, playing video games, reading, playing board games, and anything involving the outdoors.
Hope Smith graduated from the University of North Texas with a major in ABA and is currently enrolled at Ball State University, where she is working to complete a Master’s of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with an Emphasis in Autism. She currently live in Ft Worth, TX. Her career goals include becoming a BCBA and own her own ABA clinic. Hope is inspired by the BCBAs that she works with to push harder and learn more, but it is the difference she makes in the lives of kids that makes her feel excited about her job every day.
Random facts about Hope: her favorite color is purple. She loves dogs. She is a foodie and she is obsessed with Nutella and apples, but the apples have to be peeled.
Lexie graduated from The University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies, focusing in Behavior Analysis, Kinesiology, and Anthropology, with a minor in Psychology. She became interested in ABA when looking for jobs in Special Ed around Denton, and was hired at the Kristin Farmer Autism Center. She now has experience in clinic, in-home, and school based treatment settings. Lexie hopes to eventually get her Masters in Behavior Analysis and become a BCBA.
Lexie lives in Denton, Texas, where she enjoys thrifting, reading, cooking, going to concerts, and going to the dog park with her handsome pup, Leo. Her favorite food of all time is Mac&Cheese.