Applied Behavior Analysis at Ann Storck Center
About Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of learning and behavior. It centers around several principles that describe how behavior is learned and how it can be changed. These methods are the basis for the treatment strategies used in ABA therapy, and they allow behavior analysts to target socially important behaviors for change.
ABA therapists focus on teaching desirable behaviors, like language and communication, social and play skills, and self-care skills. We also focus on reducing unwanted behaviors, like aggressive and destructive behavior, self-injurious behaviors, running away, and picky eating. The Surgeon’s General, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Academies of Science consider ABA to be an “evidence-based best practice” treatment for individuals with autism.
Behavior Therapy at Ann Storck Center
Our clinical team works with the members of Residential Services (MedWaiver Group Homes, ICF/IDD Programs), Adult Day Training, Hi-Ability Therapy Services, and the Early Intervention Preschool to provide ABA therapy to adults and children needing services.
We deliver ongoing Behavior Training to all Ann Storck Center employees and offer consultative services to state agencies and professional organizations for the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior. We also provide a team of Behavior Technicians have an unparalleled enthusiasm for working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. They provide both direct support to the individuals needing services as well as assist with training of Ann Storck Center employees in the behavioral treatments. The technicians are supervised directly by a member of our clinical team and receive ongoing and extensive training in the principles of ABA.
To learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis at Ann Storck Center or make an appointment, call us at (855) 442-2454.
Meet the Team
Jillian Woolard, M.A., BCBA, Behavior Analyst, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children and adolescents with autism and related disorders since 2001. Since joining the Ann Storck Center, Ms. Woolard’s interests and skills have broadened to include the treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities across the life span. Before joining the ASC behavioral team, she served for seven years as the Lead Behavior Therapist for an educational and treatment program for school-aged students.
Ms. Woolard graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2009 with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her areas of professional interest include preference assessments and the role of motivation, the maintenance of behavioral skills in the everyday environment, and crisis prevention and management.
Susan Williams, FL-CBA, Behavior Support Manager, has been a Florida Certified Behavior Analyst for nearly 28 years. She has also been a Board Certified Music Therapist for 40 years. She has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities as well as those with psychiatric diagnoses.
Susan has been at the Ann Storck Center for almost 16 years. Prior to that she was a case manager for a guardianship company and a music therapist at a psychiatric facility. Previously, Susan worked at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Miami for more than 15 years in the capacity of Coordinator of Therapies and Ancillary Services. In addition to providing music therapy and overseeing the Behavior Department for adults, she supervised the Occupational Therapist, she oversaw the shipping and handling needs and client payroll for the adult program.
Susan graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelors of Music in music therapy. Susan continues to pursue involvement in the behavior analysis and music therapy fields. She focuses on enhancing the lives of individuals through positive behavioral intervention and the use of music.