Manya is dedicated and driven in the pursuit of educational advancement of all children, but particularly passionate about ensuring the rights of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A Board Certified Behavior Analysis, Manya has held numerous leadership positions from Supervisory to Director and has operated as an Educational Consultant to school districts while working for the University of Washington. She demonstrates an unwavering aptitude for success, and a thorough leadership style accompanied with enormous patience, endurance, and the emotional stamina to transform people and environments from extremely stressful to extremely successful. Her knowledge in the industry of Applied Behavior Analysis is cutting edge. Her experience in writing curriculum and programs for children has led to successful school openings and summer camp operations.
University of Washington Behavior Analysis, Early Childhood Special Education Lesley University MEd, Education Literacy Western Washington University Speech Pathology and Audiology, Special Education, Behavior Analysis, Psychology
Director of Outreach and Community Support The Ducere Group June 2013 – Present (2 months)
The Ducere Group is a non-profit organization of families, educators, services providers, and concerned citizens who are dedicated to advancing the quality of life of those within our local community through improvements in education, advocacy, and support services.
Educational Specialist/Consultant University of Washington - The Haring Center CARE Clinic July 2011 – Present (2 years 1 month)
SeattleSchool District consultant, IEP and Special Education best practices program and legal (due process, deposition, expert witness, etc.) advisory, severe to profound developmental disabilities FBA and BIP development and implementtation, special programs manager, budget management, individual family and child support and program development and implementation/management, community trainings and workshops development and implementation
Clinical Supervisor and Program Director Spectrum CIRCLES October 2006 – Present (6 years 10 months)
Providing Collaborative Instruction in Reading, Communication, Language, Education and Social Skills for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Manage ABA early intensive behavioral intervention home programs for children birth to age 6. Train therapy assistants in ABA and home program implementation. Design and implement social skills groups for children 6-18. Created Buddy Circles curriculum and social skills groups utilizing information and strategies from the Literature Circles research. Conduct parent training in generalization strategies for their children all ages. Co-author Generalization Strategies and Practice for Children with Autism - in press. Co-author Jigsaw Learning, TeachTown - Skillbuilder generalization activities. Consultant and autism specialist for Bainbridge Island School District.
Behavioral Programs - Clinical Supervisor Developmental Disabilities Maixm Healthcare - Behavioral Health Division August 2010 – July 2011 (1 year)
Program standardization, curriculum development and implementation, school, parent, and behavioral technician trainings, community inclusion
Curriculum Director and Director of Clinical Training and Research Jigsaw Learning September 2008 – September 2010 (2 years 1 month)
Develop curriculum for children with autism developmental ages 2yrs to 12 yrs. Hands on learning components and computer programs. Develop curriculum manuals and clinical training and research projects.
Early Intervention Program Supervisor Pivot Point - Family Growth Centre, Inc. December 2006 – January 2010 (3 years 2 months)
Supervise and oversee ABA home programs for over 30 families, supervise and manage staff implementing home programs for children with ASD and their families birth to age 6, provide trainings and in services, community workshops, created program curriculum database of over 200 programs for use of our Behavior Consultants and Program Assistants, created and conduct clinical core comptencies for Behavior Consultants and Program Assistants, created and manage intake process for new families, created and manage in home treatment plans and fluid treatment manuals, created and manage intake assessments including primary/intermediate/advanced level skill based assessments, social skills assessment-play skills checklist-kindergarten readiness assessment and planning guide, manage early intensive behavioral intervention model
Education Director TeachTown 2006 – 2007 (1 year)
Develop Clinical Services model, academy programs and Summer Camps, generalization activities curriculum, assessments, training/reference manual, training and customer support programs to maximize retention. Co-author of online research and treatment journal. Provide mentorship for board certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. Consult and supervise schools, families, and clinical settings. Direct training to therapists, teachers, assistants in schools, homes, and community environments. Present at nationally recognized conferences. Manage clinical teams, individual practitioners, and parent subscribers. Facilitate in-clinic and in-home team training seminars. Family support, parent training, sibling training. Manage all clinical support nationwide. Lead Investigator – parent training in independent computer mouse use for preschoolers, assistant in discrimination training in PECS using TeachTown, assistant in study looking at reinforcer effectiveness in TeachTown Basics
Lead Autism Consultant UW Autism Center May 2003 – July 2006 (3 years 3 months)
Designed and implemented early intervention ABA home programs for families, consulted with schools, and designed and managed social skills groups and play groups for children with autism, ages 2yrs-18yrs.
Program Manager Northwest Behavioral Associates 1999 – 2003 (4 years)
Provide clinical services to children with autism or related disorders. Consult with school districts for children with autism or related disorders. Provide direct training to home therapists, teachers, educational assistants, and other school personnel working with children with autism or related disorders in schools, homes, and other related learning environments. Present at workshops to the community, providing educational and behavioral information regarding children with autism or related disorders. Conduct action research regarding verbal behavior, fluency, reading, inclusionary programs, and social skills curricula. Implement social skills programs. Designed and implemented scope and sequence curriculum. Conduct functional behavioral assessments in schools and home programs.
Case Manager Talk Learn and Communicate 1994 – 1997 (3 years)
Assisted in experimental day camps for the summers working with children with autism spectrum disorders. Specialized in using PECS and ABA. Conducted daily 1:1 therapy as well as managed cases. Trained therapy assistants and parents. Facilitated social skills groups as well as play dates and dyads. Created experimental preschool model. Implemented TEACCH systems with preschool and kindergarten aged children. Implemented computer assisted learning programs for all children on caseload.
Association for Applied Behavior Analysis
I am interested in early childhood education, early intervention, applied behavior analysis, autism, children's literature,early literacy, environment, hiking, beach combing, camping, music, performing arts, cooking, wine tasting, European cuisine, traveling, and architecture.
Certifications and Experience Summary
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Autism Spectrum Disorders Special Education - Developmental disabilities Inclusion Community and Vocational Training and Placement Family Systems Approaches School to Home Collaboration Data collection and analysis Early intensive behavioral intervention Curriculum development and impletation Teacher training Social skills and play groups development and implementation Infants who are at risk for ASD Remedial reading programs