Providing high quality Applied Behavior Analysis services – with a personal touch.

Was your child recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Is your child diagnosed with a Developmental Disability AND:

  • Are you in need of support and strategies to help you connect with your child?
  • Are you struggling with your child’s challenging behaviors at home?
  • Is your child unable to engage academically?
  • Would you like your child to acquire social, communication, occupational, or other significant skills?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we would love to discuss with you how ABA therapy might help your child to achieve meaningful behavior change. 

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Our Mission

“A human being is a single being. Unique and unrepeatable” – Eileen Caddy

At Wild Sun Behavioral Services we strive to meet the individual where they are.  We believe that what makes each of us unique is what makes us great, however, problem behaviors can limit one’s potential, cause harm, put a strain on family dynamics, limit social development, and challenge access to an optimal education.

We invite you to let us assist in extinguishing your child’s problem behaviors as well as to support them in developing socially significant skills.

Through the use of scientifically-proven assessment and treatment strategies, we will guide and support your child along their path to meeting their full potential.  Our unique approach allows us to focus on your child’s behaviors, while simultaneously teaching you the strategies and techniques necessary to create more ease in your daily life.

 

In-Home Services

Wild Sun Behavioral Services’ in-home division serves clients in their home and community environment. Treatment is centered around all domains in which a client displays deficits. The treatment team establishes meaningful goals, teaches the necessary skills, tracks progress, and then plans for generalization. This service may also include parent training. 

  • Services for school-aged children through adulthood
  • Flexible scheduling
  • 1:1 ratio
  • Community/home-based behavior treatment
  • Individualized programming and instruction
  • Parent training, support and participation

Early Intervention ABA Clinic

Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with Autism or a developmental disability?

Are you looking for an early intervention program tailored to preparing your child to enter the school system?

Would your child benefit from individualized support on a daily basis in a group setting?


Wild Sun Behavioral Services’ Early Intervention Clinic is located in historic downtown Erie, Colorado 

Learn the skills necessary to reduce challenging behavior, increase communication, and prepare for school readiness. Children learn through play and exploring in their environment. Many preschools are set up to engage children in play. However, many children with autism and other developmental disabilities must first learn play/imitation/social skills and observational learning in order to develop kindergarten readiness skills. We are here to provide individualized learning and parent training to support your child and the entire family through our Early Intervention ABA Clinic.

Our Program

  • For children ages 18 months – 6 years
  • Morning and afternoon session offerings
  • Small group sizes
  • 1:1 ratio
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Parent training and support

 Areas of Focus:

  • Naturalistic teaching
  • School readiness
  • Social skills, activities of daily living, receptive/expressive language training, play/leisure skills

Clinical Staff:

All assessment, treatment plan development, and program supervision is conducted by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Treatment implementation and client support is conducted by Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs).

Next Steps

Contact us via email at wildsun@protonmail.com or call (720) 849-2668 to further discuss enrollment with our Executive Director, Daniel Kurty, BCBA.


 

Social Skills Group

Are you seeking additional opportunities for your child to engage with peers?

Could your child benefit from support in navigating interpersonal relationships?

Is your child seeking connection with others?


Our social skills group addresses the following skills (among others) in naturalistic situations:

  • Identifying feelings
  • Coping with triggers
  • Initiating/continuing conversation
  • Real-life problem-solving
  • Emotional self-regulation
  • Flexibility and adaptability

Unstuck and On Target© Curriculum

The group structure is based on the Unstuck and On Target© curriculum and is implemented during child-led activities.

Activities may include: table games, art activities, puzzles, gross motor games, building/construction projects, among others.

What sets us apart

Our program is comprised of both didactic and interactive strategies.

We prioritize the real-life application of learned skills.

Naturalistic teaching allows for greater generalization and practical application.

Additional details

Sessions are held weekly for 8 consecutive weeks

Current session: January 8th-February 26th, 2020

Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm

Cost: $600.00 for entire 8-week series. This can be paid in two separate installments.

For further information or to enroll

Contact us via email at a.koutoulakos@wildsun.org or call (720) 849-2668 to further discuss enrollment with our Executive Director, Daniel Kurty, BCBA.


 

Our Team

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DANIEL KURTY, M.ED, BCBA
Founder/Executive Director/Behavior Analyst

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Education, Dan began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2012.  He has a passion for working with youth and their caregivers to support the learning and developmental processes.

In 2014 Dan relocated to the US Virgin Islands in order to establish the first ABA program for children in the territory (St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix).  The program is now flourishing and serving over fifty children in the territory.

Over the course of his career in ABA Dan has worked for a variety of organizations and has discovered that the field is in need of an increased standard of care. Through Wild Sun Behavioral Services he intends to provide more direct ABA services to clients, provide greater supervision to behavioral technicians, hire highly qualified therapists, and focus on training and supporting parents and caretakers.

Dan’s ultimate goal is to shift the ABA paradigm.


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Founder/Director of Operations

Alexis has been in the mental health field since graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University in 2005. Alexis has since explored a variety of health fields including Applied Behavior Analysis, emergency psychiatric support, emergency medicine, and physical fitness. She then returned to school to pursue her Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University in 2007, which is how she landed in Colorado.

Alexis and Dan Kurty then temporarily moved to the Virgin Islands to support the creation of an ABA program for children in the USVI. Upon returning to Colorado in 2016, Alexis and Dan decided to establish Wild Sun Behavioral Services. Alexis provides administrative and organizational support to the staff and clients at Wild Sun.

In her “free time,” she also raises two children, consults as a marketing support specialist, freelances as a group fitness instructor, serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for Hanuman Festival, and spends as much time as allowable being physically active.


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HOLLY DANA, MSW, BCBA

Holly started her career with a Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University in 2009. She worked for a cooperative of school districts as an at-risk counselor in rural Indiana. Holly worked with individuals ages five through eighteen providing cognitive behavioral therapy and social skills groups for individuals on the autism spectrum.

After moving to Colorado she started her career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), as a therapist for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Holly fell in love with ABA and soon completed her coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2015. She has since worked with children in both clinic and home settings.


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ARIANA BLASONE, BS, RBT

Ariana was born and raised in Westchester, New York. She began college at SUNY Potsdam and shortly transferred to the University of Northern Colorado after falling in love with Colorado and the programs offered. She graduated with a BS in Sociology, which gave her a great skillset to work with individuals with varying abilities in all walks of life.

Her passion for working with individuals in a therapeutic environment, and years of working with children has led her to pursue her work at Wild Sun. In her free time she enjoys doing yoga, snowboarding, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.


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GILES TALLEY, BA, RBT

Giles was born in central Florida, but for the most part grew up in Longmont, Co. He attended CU Boulder and received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2015. After graduation, youth mentoring led to his work with Boulder Parks and Rec’s EXPAND inclusion programs. He then worked in Boulder’s Attention Homes – a runaway and homeless youth shelter for adolescents. He worked as a direct care counselor and activities coordinator.

After a few years he wanted to try something different and began his work with the school district. On the side, he also works at Square State Skate, conducting camps, lessons, clubs, and all types of fun skateboard-oriented outings. He is currently a behavior coach at Sunset Middle School and is excited to further himself with Wild Sun!

He currently lives in Broomfield, and in his free time he loves to take his dog on adventures, skateboard, snowboard, and look for new adventures.


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HEATHER HUBER, M.Ed, RBT

Heather was born and raised in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Arizona. She played volleyball in college while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development at Texas Tech University (1998) in Lubbock. She then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Special Education from Incarnate Word University (2001) in San Antonio. She has taught in the classroom and practiced many years as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher before moving her family to Colorado.

Heather is married to Chris and has 6 children and too many animals to count. Days and nights are busy with various sports and trips for forgotten items at the grocery store.


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JORDYN ADAMS, MS, RBT

Jordyn was born in Southern California and moved to Southeast Colorado when she was 8 years old. In May of 2019 she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Zoology from Colorado State University. Upon graduating she began work in ABA and her training to become a Registered Behavior Technician. 

She is passionate about working with children and has enjoyed her many years of nannying. Her hobbies include her many exotic animals, including a Savannah monitor lizard, axolotls, bearded dragons, and a chuckwalla. For fun she enjoys hiking, swimming, and spending time with people she loves.


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MIKAELA PRICE, Behavior Therapist

Mikaela was born and raised in Natick, Massachusetts, a small town outside of Boston. With a very early passion for working with children, she became a preschool assistant teacher at 14 and completed classes in high school to get her teaching license upon graduation. She worked for eight years at Tobin Children School in MA. She has her associates degree in Early Childhood Education.

Mikaela moved to Colorado three years ago and has been working at the Boulder JCC preschool. During her time at JCC she worked directly with students with special needs, and soon realized that she wanted to pursue further experience and education in the field. She will begin her bachelor’s degree in Special Education in the fall of 2019.

In her free time she enjoys exploring the mountains with her dog, spending time with friends and family, horseback riding, skiing, drawing, and painting.


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MERGEN MITTLEIDER, MSW, RBT

Mergen received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2006. She returned home to Colorado immediately after graduation. She worked in a variety of settings, including an inpatient psychiatric hospital, group homes, and as a paraprofessional in a middle school classroom for children with developmental disabilities. She went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University in 2011.

Mergen has since worked in a variety of health fields utilizing several modalities and treatments including CBT, and DBT. She is currently working towards completing her Registered Behavior Technician certification.

During her free time she enjoys time with her daughter and their four cats. She loves crafting, especially string art.


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MOLLIE MATSON, BSW, Behavior Therapist

Mollie was born and raised in Longmont, CO. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Colorado State University in 2019. During her senior year internship at Mental Health Partners, Mollie discovered a love for working in mental and behavioral health.

Mollie also works at a thrift store in downtown Boulder, CO. When not working she enjoys baking, reading, and being outside.


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MEGAN HUNT, RBT

Megan was born and raised in southern Colorado where she attended PCC for two years and then moved to Denver in 2005. At a young age she and her older sister began babysitting together as an after school job, continuing into her teenage years Megan had a few families she would babysit for on her own, and eventually she began working in a daycare as a teacher’s assistant. She would also volunteer in her church’s nursery, and childcare, and still does to this day at her current church.

In 2006 Megan married Ben and together they have three beautiful children. Her oldest who is 9 years of age, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The journey of having a child on the autism spectrum has brought Megan to a place of wanting to help in the therapy process and see other children gain skills that she has seen in her own child through behavior therapy.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, taking fitness classes, and spending time in the Rocky Mountains.


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EMILY PEARSON, MS, Behavior Therapist

Emily has been working with children with Autism since her freshman year of college. After completing her BA in 2004 at UNC Chapel Hill she moved to New York to work at the Carbone Clinic providing ABA therapy. She then moved to Florida and completed her Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis. During her time there she diversified her application of ABA and worked in a variety of settings. After graduate school Emily moved to Washington DC where she consulted for the self-contained Autism classrooms across the district.

Throughout her career Emily Emily has provided ABA therapy to persons with disabilities from 18 months through adulthood. She took some time away from the field to travel and explore different interests, including completing her yoga teacher certification in Nicaragua and working on farms in Kauai.

Emily loves Colorado for the beautiful vistas and wonderful people! In her spare time she enjoys hiking, yoga, gardening, camping, and spending time with friends.


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ANNIKA MCHALE, MS, Behavior Therapist

Annika has been working as a nanny/habilitation provider for children with special needs for the past 5 years. She originally wanted to go into the field of pediatric physical therapy, but after completing an ABA internship she immediately changed paths and is now working on her Master’s degree in Special Education (Applied Behavior Analyst) and then pursue her BCBA credential.

Annika graduated from Arizona State University in December 2019 with her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. She has a lot of interest in fitness and the benefits of physical activity, especially in children. I hope to be able to apply that passion in my work as an RBT. A bucket list goal of her’s is to work towards a PhD in a related field.

Outside of work, she enjoys being active – especially through CrossFit, yoga, and hiking. Her other passions include watching her fiance play baseball, thrifting, and exploring new places.

FAQs

WHERE ARE SERVICES PROVIDED?

We provide services either in the client’s home and community settings (ie. school, recreational locations, stores, etc), at our clinic, or a combination of the two.  This flexibility in treatment location lends itself well to providing services on a regular basis and tends to be more manageable for the family.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM ABA SERVICES?

You can expect a functional behavior assessment to be conducted that will outline hypothesized function(s) of problem behavior.  With this information we will create a behavior plan that will include: treatment goals, implementation strategies, and recommended service hours.

Each client presents a unique situation and therefore service recommendations can vary from single consultation services to 40 hours per week of direct service.

A progress report will be completed every six months to evaluate the client’s response to treatment, update goals, and modify treatment recommendations as necessary.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “DIRECT” AND “CONSULTATION” SERVICES?

Consultation services are indirect services focused primarily on caregiver training and support.  We strive to provide the stakeholders with the skills necessary to implement the recommended strategies to modify the client’s behavior.  This service includes an assessment and treatment plan, which is intended to be implemented directly by those closest to the client, rather than a behavior technician.

Direct services begin with an assessment of the individual’s problem behavior.  We then develop a behavior plan to meet the family/stakeholder’s individual needs.  From there we provide extensive training implementation and data collection as well as an ongoing analysis of behavior and parent training.

HOW LONG WILL YOU BE WORKING WITH MY CHILD?

This answer varies significantly depending on your particular situation (including the target behavior, the severity of the behavior, and the commitment of the caregivers).  For some clients, behavior change can occur as quickly as six months.  Other clients may require ongoing treatment to continually develop skills and reduce problem behaviors as new challenges present themselves in their ever-changing world.

WHAT TYPES OF BEHAVIORS DO YOU ADDRESS? 

Some of the typical behaviors we address are: aggression, tantrums, non-compliance, off-task behaviors, academic engagement issues, disruptive behaviors, and repetitious behaviors/speech patterns, among others.

In addition to behavior reduction, we also work on skill acquisition (ie. communication/social/daily living skills, academic goals, and other adaptive behaviors).

WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT? 

We currently accept Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare, Cigna, United Healthcare, and Medicaid.

If insurance does not cover ABA services for you, we are happy to discuss sliding scale options for private pay.

Employment

Join our team!

Wild Sun is currently hiring for the following positions:

BCBA/Homeschool Program Director (Pilot Program)

Wild Sun Behavioral Services is a rapidly expanding ABA organization that provides services across the Front Range of Colorado. What sets us apart from many of the other ABA providers in the area is our acknowledgment and appreciation of the individual behind the data. This is evident in our compassionate and holistic approach to the client and their families.

As a new and progressive ABA organization, we are seeking BCBAs who are interested in a collaborative partnership. We encourage and support our BCBAs to share new ideas and express themselves among a team that genuinely respects their experience, opinions, and creative contributions.

There is significant opportunity to support Wild Sun Behavioral Services’ expansion and the development of company policies and procedures. Our rapidly growing organization offers many opportunities for professional development, collaborative problem-solving, and advancement.

Wild Sun Behavioral Services is searching for a passionate, collaborative, engaging Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The ideal candidate will want to make a difference within a collaborative organization that offers flexibility, autonomy, creative approaches to problem-solving, and high quality services. You will be successful if you:

  • Exhibit empathy and attentive listening skills
  • Have a passion for teaching, training, and supervising
  • Are curious with strong emotional maturity
  • Utilize effective communication strategies
  • Prioritize meeting the needs of the client and doing what is necessary to reach that goal

QUALIFICATIONS

GENERAL

  • BCBA or BCBA-D certification
  • Masters in Special Education or closely related field
  • At least three years of experience directly implementing ABA
  • At least two years of experience supervising behavior technicians in the implementation of treatment plans
  • Must be proficient in assessment, identification of client/stakeholder needs, creation of appropriate and clinically beneficial treatment plans
  • Must be able to work well independently as well as part of a team in a leadership role
  • Able to collaborate with other BCBAs in the organization
  • Extreme attention to detail with the ability to successfully multitask

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM DIRECTOR

  • Self-starter with creative approach to program development
  • Able to work independently and economically to create the infrastructure for the Homeschool Program
  • Capable of successfully identifying and implementing appropriate academic goals
  • Is willing to learn and utilize the following software systems: ClickABA (programming and program tracking) as well as Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia (ACE)
  • Proactive problem-solving
  • Well-rounded clinician able to work with diverse clients (ages, levels of functioning, etc.)

REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL

  • Complete a minimum of 25 billable hours per week (35 total weekly hours)
  • Administer and evaluate applicable assessment procedures
  • Collaborate with the client and their stakeholders to develop pertinent individualized goals and objectives based on functional assessment data
  • Train and supervise behavior technicians in the execution of all aspects of the clients behavior intervention plan
  • Provide consistent, high-quality supervision for behavior technicians
  • Coordinate the schedule of services between RBTs and clients
  • Actively participate in staff training programs designed to increase overall skills
  • Implement program plans and other instructional activities
  • Communicate in a professional and respectful manner during all interactions
  • Attend and participate in meetings, fundraisers, and other sponsored events
  • Function as an active member of the treatment team
  • Work with clients, consultants, staff, families, and community members to implement the client’s treatment plans (including parents/teacher training/consultation)
  • Effectively respond to and manage crisis situations, which may include client physical aggression
  • Complete daily paperwork and data collection notes in a detailed, accurate, consistent and timely manner
  • Assist in the continued training and skill development of lower-level staff
  • Follow Wild Sun Behavioral Services, LLC’s policies and procedures

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM DIRECTOR

  • Identify academic needs/goals for each client through assessment, collaboration with families/stakeholders, and as indicated by state requirements
  • Create comprehensive individualized programming to meet the behavioral (BIP) and academic (curriculum) needs of each client using the ACE curriculum
  • Develop a format for IEPs that is easy for parents to read and understand
  • Train and supervise RBTs and Special Education Instructors in the implementation of the behavioral and academic plans
  • Effectively establish a comprehensive Homeschool program that can be marketed to local families in need in an effort to successfully expand our service offerings to appropriate clientele

BENEFITS

  • Cohesive team atmosphere
  • Diversified and unique clinic experience
  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience ($65,000-$75,000)
  • Professional development stipend
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Medical benefits OR 401k contribution

TO APPLY: Complete our Employment Application HERE


Behavior Technician

Behavior Technicians are trained to implement 1:1 behavioral intervention programs to children in home, community, or school settings. Initially, Behavior Technicians will participate in a training program that provides instruction on Applied Behavior Analysis, management of maladaptive behaviors, social skills development, and data collection techniques applicable to our client population. Training opportunities continue throughout employment as our Behavior Technicians receive on-going supervision from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School Diploma or equivalent (College enrollment or Bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • Reliable means of transportation with proof of auto insurance and Driver’s license
  • Must pass TB test and show proof of immunizations
  • Must pass criminal background check
  • Must have afternoon and evening availability

REQUIREMENTS

  • Applies behavior principles consistently in all interactions with clients and takes accurate and reliable data for all areas of treatment
  • Implements Individualized Treatment Plans under the direction of the BCBAs and/or Program Supervisors
  • Assists clients to acquire academic and/or appropriate life skills. This may include toilet training, eating, and other self-help skills
  • Supports all members of the staff and assists with ideas, suggestions and work duties
  • Actively participates in staff training programs designed to increase overall skills
  • Implements program plans and other instructional activities
  • Communicates in a professional and respectful manner with parents, behavior analysts/program supervisors, speech therapists, occupational therapists and administrative staff
  • Assists in creating instructional materials
  • Attends and participates in meetings, fundraisers, and other sponsored events
  • Observes, records, and reports the condition and behavior of the clients, including maintaining daily records during the day
  • Functions as an active member of the treatment team
  • Works with clients, consultants, staff, families, and community members to implement the client’s treatment plans
  • Consistently implements behavior plans to reduce client’s socially inappropriate behavior and promote appropriate social behaviors
  • Effectively responds to and manages crisis situations, which may include client physical aggression
  • Completes daily paperwork and data collection notes in a detailed, accurate, consistent and timely manner
  • Follows Wild Sun Behavioral Services, LLC’s policies and procedures

This is a unique, fun and challenging position that will provide you with a great deal of experience and knowledge in Behavioral Science. If you are looking to advance your career in this field or improve your skills dealing with challenging behaviors send us your resume, cover letter and three professional references.

TO APPLY: Complete our Employment Application HERE