Welcome to the ABLE program within Findlay City Schools! We are so excited to share all of the exciting pieces of our program. We call this the ABLE Program, as we are Advocating Behavioral Learning for Everyone. 

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a branch of psychology focusing on the science of behavior. ABA uses only evidence based practices backed by scientific research to make changes in the environment to increase or decrease socially significant behaviors. There are nine different areas of practice within ABA. Behavior Analysts can specialize in areas ranging from education, to sports, organization business management, even sustainability. For more information on these areas of specialization, visit www.bacb.com.

District wide, teachers are receiving training and support on ABA principles and crisis intervention. Most paraprofessionals and teachers working with students with autism within the ABLE program are nationally certified through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT). To become an RBT, these individuals completed 40 hours of ABA focused coursework along with passing a national certification exam. After receiving their certification, our RBT’s are then supervised weekly by our full time Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).

Supporting ABLE are Emily Karhoff, M.A., BCBA & Meredith Mates, M.A., BCBA:

Emily is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has been in the field of ABA since 2011. She has experience in the classroom, clinical, and home settings, working with children with autism. Emily was an integral part of starting the ABLE program in 2017. If you have any questions for Emily, you can contact her at ekarhoff@fcs.org or 567-250-1511.

Meredith is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst (COBA). She has been in the field of ABA since 2007. Meredith also has experience working with children with autism in the clinical, educational, and home setting. She works for Capella University as one of the lead faculty in the Masters of Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis program. Meredith has been working in a consultation role with Findlay City Schools since the inception of the ABLE program.

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Emily Karhoff