About Us

About Us

We are a small private school located in Palm Harbor, Florida, currently serving eligible students from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Small classroom sizes and high teacher to student ratio is one of the many distinctive characteristics that our program has to offer.

Our staff consists of certified teachers, certified special education teachers, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA), and trained behavior assistants – all working together to provide a functional classroom environment.

Students with IEPs and/or learning disabilities are welcomed, as we offer individualized programs to meet our students at their level of functioning.

Our ultimate goal is to provide a functional, evidence-based, and effective learning environment for every student we serve.  With emphasis on utilizing principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we believe that measurable outcomes can be demonstrated from structured activities in a classroom to everyday situations such as family dinnertime or community outings.

  • Evidence-based teaching strategies
  • Small class sizes
  • Daily monitoring/supervision provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA) & Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts® (BCaBA)
  • Individualized assessments and curriculum
  • Daily data collection and analysis (acquisition + behavior reduction goals)
  • Parent training provided and encouraged
  • Therapists available to bridge the gap between home and school

Laura Kulikowski, MA, BCBA

Laura is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) with additional training as an Infant and Toddler Developmental Specialist. She has a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida.  For the last eight years, she has coached children, families and teachers with skill acquisition, behavior reduction, and verbal behavior programs in a variety of settings.

Laura has conducted and presented her research on implementation of behavioral strategies in preschool settings, clinics, and by family members at the local, state and national conferences. She provides training for and is competent in the following training programs:

Professional Crisis Management Practitioner Certification
PCM is an advanced system of crisis management. PCM focuses primarily on prevention before a crisis occurs. PCM includes Crisis Prevention, Crisis De-escalation, Crisis Intervention, and Post-Crisis Intervention components. PCM utilizes “hands on” competency-based training and written tests to certify that individuals who receive instruction in PCM reach the highest level of skill acquisition.

Hot Docs
Helping Our Toddlers, Developing Our Children’s Skills
The backbone of this program is to teach caregivers a problem-solving method to figure out the function or the “why” of children’s problem behaviors. Once we figure out the “why” we can teach specific prevention strategies and techniques for modifying the consequences of a child’s behavior to either strengthen or weaken the behavior. Another of the main strategies is to help adults realize that a lot of the time children use problem behaviors because they don’t have the skills or know how to do more appropriate behaviors. So our job as adults is to specifically TEACH kids the behaviors we want them to do, just like we would with a sport or an academic skill, most children need to be taught behaviors like waiting and sharing.

 


 

Sonia Harrell, MA, BCBA

As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Sonia is responsible for providing behavior analysis services and behavior management plans for students enrolled in our educational programs; providing support and trainings to school staff, para-educators, and parents in appropriate behavior intervention techniques; conducting assessments and developing behavior plans that conform to the relevant Florida statutes and ethical standards as outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB).

Sonia is a member of the Bay Area Association for Behavior Analysis (BAABA) and the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA). Her primary areas of interest include: behavior analysis and technology, direct instruction, evidence-based practice, Organizational Behavior Management (OBM), Positive Behavior Support (PBS) & School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS), and verbal behavior.

Sonia received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida.