Sami Crist

ECDC Director, MA, BCBA

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Sami received her BA through Illinois State University in 2015, majoring in Fine Arts and Psychology. After graduating, she relocated to Colorado to further pursue her education and merge her love of teaching and art while providing drawing and painting lessons focused on foundations and realism in both 1:1 and group settings across all ages.

Years later, she became a private childcare provider for a child with autism and it was this relationship that was the catalyst in her research to find a position in Early Intervention. Six months into her role as an RBT, she pursed her MA in Special Education and ABA at Arizona State University, graduating in December of 2021.

Her goal as a BCBA is to assist clients in improving the quality of peer and familial relationships, increasing social-emotional skills, and honing in on meaningful communication. She also aims to integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into her practice. 

Sami has experience working with children ages 2 months to 16 years old in the home, school, and clinic setting and has worked closely with those diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other disabilities. 

Her after-work hobbies include a good audiobook while walking her dog Winnie, online gaming with her family, painting/DIY projects, and indulging in a night at Red Rocks as often as she can.