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 concurrently enrolled in two Master's programs: M.S. - Child and Development Psychology and M.S. - Applied Behavior Analysis. 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.
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.
Elaine Hernandez has over 20 years experience working with children in a child care setting. She began in the field working as a classroom teacher and then progressed into an administrative role. Elaine saw a need of integrating behavior therapy within a classroom environment and partnered with Serica to help create A Balanced Child. Elaine has completed the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training program and continues to explore opportunities for growth. Elaine assists with the day to day operational tasks.
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