Serica Cuellar, BA, BCaBA has dedicated her life and career to helping and working with children with special needs. She is a BCaBA graduate from The University of North Texas and has a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is currently working on her Master's in Psychology - Child and Development Psychology and her BCBA coursework. More recently, she was selected to participate in the Texas Applied Behavior Analysis Advisory Board. In addition, since embarking on her mission, Ms. Serica Cuellar has accumulated over 18 years of extensive experience allowing her to establish herself as a leader in her field. Having served in the capacities of Program Coordinator, Assistant Director and Director in organizations specializing in early childhood development, she has accrued a wide-range of knowledge at the managerial level, as well. Her expertise also extends to serving the community as an Early Intervention Specialist. She has worked one-on-one with families in their homes, providing case management, parent training, and identifying child-development milestones for youngsters with developmental delays and/or disabilities. Her dedication to her career has enabled her to hone her skills and focus on children with Autism, as well as those medically diagnosed with other disabilities. Ms. Cuellar provides families with comprehensive knowledge to navigate the many resources available to children with special needs in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. She created A Balanced Child with the goal of continuing to provide ABA services but in the form of a Balanced Plan. The Balanced Plan includes the essential components for a balanced approach in helping children reach their highest potential: ABA Therapy, Group Play, Parent Training, and Case Management while following A Balanced Child Curriculum.
Ms. Serica works 1:1 with children and their parents both in clinic and community settings. She provides RBT supervision, parent trainings, and professional trainings.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Amanda Valdez MA, BCBA has had the privilege of helping children with learning differences and their families improve their quality of life for the past 14 years. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2004, she found her passion working at a small school for children with Autism when she was introduced to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. In 2007 Amanda completed her coursework through the University of North Texas to certify her as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has experience working in clinical settings, in home, and doing community based interventions. In addition, for 7 years Amanda served as the BCBA for The Foundation School for Autism, a public charter school, conducting Functional Behavior Analysis, creating Behavior Intervention Plans, and helping the assessment team conduct Full Individual Evaluations. Amanda is thrilled to be a part of the team at A Balanced Child.
Ms. Amanda works 1:1 with children and their parents. She also provides parent training and RBT supervision in clinic.
Certified Special Education Teacher
Kimberly Aguilar, MA, graduated from St. Mary’s University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in English. She started her teaching career working with young children with autism, then ventured off to teach middle school English. Kimberly decided that her heart was working with students with special needs, so she attended Texas A&M San Antonio where she got her Master’s degree in Special Education in 2011. Overall, Kimberly has 11 years of teaching experience in the private and public sectors.
Ms. Kim leads our Classroom Program.
Victoria Cuellar completed internship hours at A Balanced Child during the summer of 2016. One year later she returned and was hired as an Assistant Teacher. Victoria has worked with elementary students, primarily first graders, through volunteering in the school setting and at the Museum of South Texas History. She is currently enrolled at San Antonio College and in the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification program.
Ms. Victoria assists in our group play sessions and works 1:1 with clients under direct supervision of an ABA therapist.
Elizabeth Edohoukwa recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2017. She has always had a passion for working with children, and as the years progressed, she was trying to decide what field she wanted to pursue with kids. She worked at a Montessori Academy during the summer of 2015 with children ranging from infants, toddlers and also at the primary level and enjoyed it. Still trying to decide what she wanted to pursue, in the fall term of 2017, she received volunteering hours at The Children's Hospital in San Antonio but wanted more to do with children. She desired to be in a challenging field and decided to branch out to work with children with autism and her first experience with that population began here at A Balanced Child as a Behavior Therapist and she's grateful for it. She aspires to further on her education in obtaining her Master's in Behavior Analysis so that she can gain the proper knowledge in applying various skills necessary for the population of children with disabilities including autism.
Ms. Elizabeth leads our group play sessions. She is in the process of preparing to sit for her RBT examination.
Our speech therapist earned a BA and MA in Communication Disorders from Our Lady of the Lake University. She holds a current Texas License as a Speech-Language Pathologist and a current Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She served over 15 years in the public school system as a Speech-Language Pathologist and a teacher in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD). She holds a Texas Teacher Certificate in Speech and Hearing Therapy, Language/Learning Disabilities, Early Childhood Education (Exceptional Children), and Kindergarten. After leaving the school setting, she worked for 10 years as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in an Early Childhood Intervention program. During the course of her career, she provided intervention services to children with a variety of special needs, including developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, emotionally disturbed, behavioral problems, auditory impairment, Down syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, and learning disabilities. She believes that collaboration among the therapists and professionals providing intervention, along with parent involvement are vital to accomplishing optimal progress for the children receiving services her at the clinic.
Sophie Cantu, BS, SLPA graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011 and immediately started her career in Early Childhood Intervention. She has 6 years of experience as an Early Intervention Specialist. After several years of working with children with disabilities and developmental delays, she decided to go back to school to get her license as a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant. Her role as an EIS and SLPA included providing case management for families, assisting parents in identifying child development milestones and coaching/modeling on how to implement strategies to assist children in reaching these milestones. In 2017, Sophie became a first-time mom and enjoys applying her knowledge and experience of childhood development with her own baby girl at home. She continues to broaden her education and has completed coursework in the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training program.
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