Serica Cuellar, M.S., BCBA, LBA has dedicated her life and career to helping and working with children with special needs. She has her Master's in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Developmental Psychology. Serica is on her path to a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She currently participates as a selected member on the Texas Applied Behavior Analysis Advisory Board.
In addition, since embarking on her mission, Ms. Serica Cuellar has accumulated over 20 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 past expertise also extended to serving the community as an Early Intervention Specialist and a member of a diagnostic team. 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.
Serica works 1:1 with children and their parents in clinic, home, and community settings. She provides BCaBA and RBT supervision, parent trainings, and professional trainings.
Assistant Director - Operations
Sophie Cantu has been providing developmental services to families in ECI from 2011 to 2019. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health from the University of Texas San Antonio and during her time at ECI, she went back to school to obtain her SLPA license. Sophie has always had a passion for working with children and enjoyed her time providing services to families with children who had developmental delays or disabilities.
In April of 2017 , Sophie and her husband Matt welcomed their first child and Sophie’s experience as a parent helped her to enhance her skills as a developmental specialist to families she provided services to. In November 2019, they were once again overjoyed to welcome their second child and at that time Sophie decided to use her experience and knowledge working with children in a different role.
In January of 2020, Sophie started a new adventure as the Assistant Director of Operations at A Balanced Child. She manages day to day operations and assists in executive decision making.
Lead Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Amanda Valdez M.A., BCBA, LBA 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.
Amanda works 1:1 with children and their parents. She also provides parent training, BCaBA and RBT supervision in clinic.
Lead Behavior Technician
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. She will be furthering her eduction in the nurse practitioner program so that she can support the needs and growth of A Balanced Child.
Victoria assists in our group play sessions and works 1:1 with clients.
Lead Behavior Technician
Sofia Aguirre graduated from The University of the Incarnate Word with a B.S. in Community Health Education and a minor in Psychology. She is currently enrolled in the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Certification Program and plans on pursuing a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Sofia is very caring and passionate about giving the children the tools necessary for their development. Sofia is currently enrolled in the Registered Behavior Technician Training Course.
Sofia assists in our group play sessions and works 1:1 with clients.
Sabina Cantu has been a certified teacher for over 14 years. She has a B.A. from Texas Lutheran University and Master's in Education from Texas A&M-Kingsville. She has a teaching certification in General Education EC-4 and in Special Education EC-12. Her teaching experience includes PreK, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and a multi-grade behavior disability classroom. Her experience working with children in varying abilities led her to return school. She has since received an Associates in American Sign Language and is currently enrolled in the ABA program at University of Texas at San Antonio. Sabina is thrilled to be a part of the A Balanced Child team.
Sabina assists in our group play sessions and works 1:1 with clients
Amanda "Mandy" Martinez graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2014. She graduated with a B.S. in Child Development and Family Studies and a minor in Speech Language Pathology. Mandy has worked with AVANCE-San Antonio as a teacher. She also has experience as a former Early Intervention Specialist with a nonprofit Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program. Her goals are to continue in her studies and more specifically to become a BCBA.
Mandy assists in our group play sessions and works 1:1 with clients.
Sarah Valdez is a registered behavior technician.
She moved to San Antonio in 2019 to pursue her career in Applied Behavior Analysis. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015 and aspires to become a BCBA in the future. In Florida, Sarah was a Database Manager for a local nonprofit organization, serving underserved children in the education system. Sarah brought both of her passions together to help others achieve their maximum potential!
Sarah joined the A Balanced Child team in 2020 and is committed to providing quality 1:1 ABA therapy to clients. She is currently enrolled in the Registered Behavior Technician Training Course. When she is not working, you can find her exploring San Antonio with her wife Selina, practicing yoga, reading, or playing with her two dogs, Carly and Mavis.
Sarah assists in our group play sessions and works 1:1 with clients.
Sofia Rodriguez is currently a senior at UTSA. She is studying to earn her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. She previously attended the University of Houston as well as Texas A&M before finally enrolling at UT San Antonio. She has always been intrigued by behavior therapy and how beneficial it can be for young children. Her mom worked in special education for 20 years, and during that time Sofia developed a deep love for the field that led her to pursuing experience as a behavior technician. After graduating, she hopes to attend UT Law School, and is currently studying in preparation for the LSAT law school entry exam.
Sophia assists in our group play sessions and works 1:1 with clients.
Karen assists in our group play sessions and works 1:1 with clients.
Kayla is a Registered Behavior Technician.
She is new to the Central/South Texas region. She recently moved from Washington state.
Kayla assists in our group play sessions and works 1:1 with clients.
Sabrina graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Recently, she relocated to San Antonio from Dallas to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas A&M University - San Antonio. She has been working with children since 2016 in school and home settings. Previously, she worked in a treatment facility for at-risk youth dealing with behavioral and substance abuse disorders.
Sabrina assists in our group play sessions and works 1:1 with clients.
Stevie has been working as a behavior technician for children who have autism, for the last two and a half years. She loves getting to work with children of all ages and all abilities. She has her Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison and plans to use that as the stepping stone to further her career in ABA Therapy.
Stevie assists in our group play sessions and works 1:1 with clients.