M. Ed., Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Licensed Behavior Analyst
27 years ago I had my second child and found that he had extensive challenges. He was blind, deaf, had hydrocephalus, and multiple other issues. I learned to love and care for my child that could not give any love back. When he passed away at the age of 4 1/2, I knew that I had found my calling, working with children that have the most need. I went back to school and got a general education teaching degree, followed by a Master's degree in Early Childhood Special Education. I started working in a special education preschool and quickly realized I did not have the skills to help the 6 kids in my classes with Autism. I volunteered for the next district Autism training and to teach the district Autism program. This was the best move of my life! I have found a love and passion for these children and the challenges that they face.
As I implemented ABA in my classroom, I saw how effective it was to teach the skills that the kids needed to be more independent and happy. I spent many nights awake thinking about how to do things better for each child and then came to school each day ready to run a class that used positive strategies to support kid's behavior, rather than punishment, and it worked! This reinforced my behavior and I looked for more training. I went back to school again and completed a program in Positive Behavior Support, met the requirements to sit for the board exam and passed in the fall of 2017.
I have seen ABA work wonders for children. I recognize the uphill climb that children and families face and that is why I have named my business "Ascent". I see and feel the difficulties when climbing the mountain of Autism, but I have also celebrated the joys of reaching a new goal or height. This feeling keeps me challenged and excited to keep climbing.
Hi, my name is Riley Berry. I am currently going to college to become an elementary school teacher and I will have a minor in special education. It;s always been my dream to work with children. I have a big heart for children and absolutely love the job of working with kiddos! I also enjoy hiking and spending time with friends and family.
I'm Beth Sanguine, licensed as an RBT for Ascent Behavioral Analysis in June 2018. I earned Bachelors of Science in Oceanography and Geology but became interested in all things Autism after becoming a parent. I switched gears and became a Helena Schools special education para 12 years ago, joining the District's Trailhead pilot program last year.
I've enjoyed unique relationships and learning experiences from each and every child I've worked with over the years. There is always something new and fascinating to learn in the field of ABA, a kind of "continuing education" that I'm grateful to pursue with our clients.
Ascent Behavioral Analysis provides ABA therapy to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Our services include comprehensive and targeted therapy to address the skill deficits and behavior issues associated with these disorders.
Our goal is to provide critically necessary early intervention ABA services to our clients that will help increase communication and language, social skills, self-care, play and leisure, motor skills, learning and academic skills and to decrease the impacts of behavior and disability on the long-term functioning of the child.