DIRECTOR
Mindy R. Day M.A., BCBA


In 1996, I met a young boy with autism named Jack who changed my life. He was a sweet little boy who although had no means of communication at the time and seemed distant from people, I understood him clearly and we had a connection that touched my heart. I began my training using the Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis. I soon learned that children with autism have unlimited possibilities.

Upon completion of my Bachelor’s degree, I achieved my childhood dream of teaching kindergarten in a public school. In my five years, I met many children and no child touched my heart like the children in my class with autism. I was drawn to children with autism in my class and that is what led me to go back to school to get my Master’s in Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism.


EDUCATION
Stephen F. Austin State University
Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies
Elementary Education/Specialization Early Childhood Education

Sam Houston State University
Master of Arts in Special Education
Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism

CERTIFICATIONS
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Special Education Teaching Certificate - Grades PK-12
Elementary EducationTeaching Certificate - Grades PK-6
Early Childhood Teaching Certificate - Grades PK-6
English as a Second Language Teaching Certificate - Grades PK-6
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification

EXPERIENCE
Case Supervisor
Private School for children with autism and other developmental delays

Responsibilities: Program development, functional analysis, data collection procedures, analyzing student progress, updating programming, teacher training, supervising and consulting with teachers.

Case Manager
Private School for children with autism and other developmental delays

Responsibilities: Program development, data collection procedures, analyzing student progress, updating programming, one-to-one intensive therapy.

Head Teacher
Private School for children with autism and other developmental delays

Responsibilities: Organize weekly team meetings, staff collaborations, classroom scheduling, supervision.

One-on-One ABA Therapist
Private School for children with autism and other developmental delays

Responsibilities: Teach objectives on individual treatment programs using the principles of applied behavior analysis including discrete trial, shaping, natural environment training, verbal behavior, social skills, PECS, augmentative communication, and sign language in the areas of language, social skills, academic, executive functioning, self-help, and behavior. Collaborate and communicate with parents.

In-home ABA Therapist
Implemented in-home programming developed by a BCBA consultant for 4 families who had children with autism.

Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Public School

Responsibilities: Create and implement lesson plans using Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, modify lessons to meet the needs of students with various levels of abilities, create individual and group behavior plans, grading and report cards, collaborate and communicate with parents, organize weekly team meetings, staff collaboration, classroom scheduling.

Severe Communication Disorder Teacher
Public School

Responsibilities: Create and implement individualized education plans and behavior intervention plans, data collection, create a structured environment based on TEACCH, discrete trail, PECS, sign language, shaping, natural environment training, augmentative communication, visual schedules, integrated speech and occupational therapy, parent communication and collaboration, attend ARD meetings, and parent training.

PUBLICATIONS
Spencer, V., Simpson, C., Day, M., Buster, E. (September 2008) Using the Power Card Strategy to Teach Social Skills to a Child with Autism. TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 5 (1), 1-10.

Day, M. (May 2009) Applied Behavior Analysis Curriculum for Young Children with Autism: An Evaluation and Synthesis. Master of Arts (Department of Language, Literacy and Special Publications) May, 2009, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.


Through my experiences of being an in-home ABA therapist, kindergarten teacher, public school special education teacher, and working in an intensive one-to-one private school program, I have now reached my goal. I am now reaching the lives of children with autism and their families using the only researched based method, applied behavior analysis, in the natural environment, their home. The goal of Houston ABA is to maximize the success of not only the child with autism and other developmental delays, but most importantly the family.