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.


 

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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ERIN ROBERTS, M.Ed., BCBA

Erin has been working in the field of special education and behavior analysis since graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University in December of 2006. She has over 13 years experience working with children on the autism spectrum, as well as using applied behavior analysis to help those struggling with mental health disorders. Erin has provided therapy to children ages 2-16 in the home, school, clinic and community settings.

Over the course of the past 10 years, Erin returned to school to obtain a Masters Degree in Education from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and to complete post-graduate work in order to acquire her Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certificate. She has been working as a BCBA and a Clinical Supervisor in the state of Colorado for the past three years.

Erin currently resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her two boys Ryan and James. She enjoys spending time outside with the kids swimming, hiking and exploring beautiful Colorado!


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THOMAS RUDD, Ed.S., BCBA

Thomas received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Norwich University. He has the unique experience of studying Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through Florida Institute of Technology while obtaining his Master of Education degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Thomas pursued his Education Specialist degree with an emphasis in special education curriculum and instruction from Liberty University. Prior to graduate studies, his passion for teaching was revealed as an instructor in jiu-jitsu and Shuri-ryu martial arts academies.

Thomas has worked as a behavioral consultant for public and private schools in Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington. Thomas has harnessed the principles of ABA to create significant behavioral and academic outcomes while employed as an Interventionist and Dean of Student Affairs.

He enjoys working with teachers and parents in a collaborative effort to see socially-significant changes in behavior and academics. His areas of interest include verbal behavior, generalizable social skills, and mathematics. Thomas also enjoys spending time with his two silly dogs, “Rook” and “Jett.”


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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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MOLLY WALEGA, BA, RBT

Molly was born and raised in South Dakota and received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from South Dakota State University. She has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 4.5 years as a Registered Behavior Technician serving children ages 2 to 12 years.

Molly looks forward to continuing her work in the field by pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis beginning in the fall of 2019.

In her spare time, Molly loves spending time with her family by taking walks, going to local events, and occasionally perusing Target just for fun. She is also an avid crafter who enjoys making pretty things with her Cricut and hopes to have an Etsy shop in the future.


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HEATHER HUBER, M.Ed, Behavior Therapist

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, Behavior Therapist

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.

 

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:

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

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:

  • BCBA certification
  • At least three years of experience directly implementing ABA
  • At least two years of experience supervising behavior technicians
  • Must be proficient in assessment, identification of client/stakeholder needs, creation of appropriate and beneficial treatment plans, execution of high-caliber service
  • Must be able to work well independently as well as part of a team in a leadership role

 Job Description

  • Maintains a full-time billable caseload
  • Administers and evaluates applicable assessment procedures
  • Collaborates with the client and their stakeholders to identify individualized goals and objectives based on functional assessment data
  • Trains and supervises technicians in the execution of the clients behavior intervention plan
  • Provides consistent, high-quality supervision for behavior technicians
  • Coordinates the schedule of services between RBTs and clients
  • 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 during all interactions
  • Attends and participates in meetings, fundraisers, and other sponsored events
  • 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 (including parents/teacher training/consultation)
  • Effectively responds to and manages crisis situations
  • Completes paperwork and data collection in a detailed, accurate, consistent and timely manner
  • Follows Wild Sun Behavioral Services, LLC’s policies and procedures

Benefits

  • Cohesive team atmosphere
  • Diversified and unique clinical experience
  • Competitive salary ($60,000-$70,000 commensurate with experience)
  • Professional development stipend
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Medical benefits

Application Procedure: submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to wildsun@protonmail.com with Subject line: [BCBA application].


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

 Job Description

  • 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.

Application Procedure: submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to wildsun@protonmail.com with Subject line: [RBT application].

Contact Us

Contact us to schedule a consultation or to hear more about Wild Sun Behavioral Services.