Early Intervention Services
Helping every child blossom.
"We remain a small agency by choice to keep the quality of services high for the children we serve."
We currently have daytime availability for young learners.
Meet Our Staff
Erica Tober M.S., BCBA
Erica earned degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Psychology at The College of St. Elizabeth. She received her masters in applied behavior analysis through St. Cloud State University and her BCBA in May of 2013. She has 16 years’ experience working with children with autism and speech delays. She was a supervisor at the Lovaas Institute, a teacher in the preschool at Alpine Learning Group, and a social skills group facilitator and case manager at Alpine Learning Group’s outreach department. During her time at Alpine she assisted in preliminary research on observational learning and conducted research and presented research on turn taking and pretend play. Her vision is to continue to remain a small practice to keep the quality high and to ensure the ability to personally know all the children who is under her care.
Rachel has been working for Erica Tober ABA Consulting since 2015. She has been in the field since 2009 with a brief break when she attended law school in Pennsylvania. Rachel is also a licensed attorney in the State of New Jersey. Rachel is a registered behavior technician and eagerly provides many administrative and legal responsibilities at Erica Tober ABA Consulting.
Anthony was born and raised in Monmouth County, New Jersey. He graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Science before attending graduate school at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. There Anthony earned a Masters degree in Education with a focus in Special Education. In November of 2018, he received his BCBA certification. Over the last 6 years, Anthony has worked with a number of children between the ages of 2 - 16 who were diagnosed with developmental disabilities. He currently lives with his girlfriend and her 6 year old daughter and he is excited to be working with the families and Erica's team!
Jenn has been working for Erica Tober ABA Consulting since 2015. She earned degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, and English Literature at The College of St. Elizabeth. Over the last 20 years, she has worked with hundreds of children as a camp counselor, after school care supervisor, and middle-grades public school teacher. Jenn truly enjoys working with Erica’s team to help each child succeed. Jennifer is a registered behavior technician.
Stephanie has been working as an ABA therapist for 3 years now and has been working with children with special needs for over 5 years. She has just received her BA in English at Felician University and is continuing her studies for her MA in Behavior and Autism Studies. Stephanie has been working with children for 12 years now and is a proud mother to a beautiful little girl. Stephanie is thrilled to be on Erica’s team.
Donna graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth in 2016. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology, with a concentration in Special Education. After graduating, Donna worked as a special education teacher where she helped young students develop the skills necessary for their transition into the next grade. After working in a school for three years, Donna now pursues home therapy and enjoys working with young children and their families. Donna is very happy to be on Erica’s team.
Rachel Dashiell is a new and proud member of Erica Tober ABA Consulting. Rachel works as a behavior technician and has been working with children for over five years. Rachel received her undergrad degree from Montclair State University in Family Science and Human Development with a minor in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Special Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Besides having a thorough background in education, Rachel holds a genuine love and passion for working with kids of all ages!
Tina Peebles graduated in 2014 with her BA in Psychology from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. She began pursuing a career in psychological research and worked conducting behavioral research with preschool aged children that focused on Social-Emotional Learning curriculum. She also coordinated clinical research projects at Boston Medical Center for three years. She recently relocated to Morris County and was delighted to join Erica’s team and have the opportunity to combine her background in research with her passion for working with children. She plans to pursue a graduate degree that focuses on Early Intervention and ABA.
Radhika Ramaswamy is a Registered Behavior Technician and has been working as an ABA therapist for the past 15 years. During this time, she has worked with young children as well as teens and young adults on the autism spectrum.
Radhika has a Ph.D. In Molecular Biology. She changed careers to focus on children with developmental delays/autism after she gained valuable insight helping her own son who was diagnosed with autism over 20 years ago. Radhika is excited to have joined Erica’s team in early 2019.
Jewel Williams was born October 6, 1982 in Newark, New Jersey. The eldest of ten children, she graduated from Cheney University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. After graduation, Jewel went on to work as a teacher's aide doing ABA in a school for children with autism. After working in a school for four years, Jewel venture off to work in homes. She has 14 years of ABA experience, working with children between the ages of 2-21 who were diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She also has valuable insight from helping her own two little cousins who were diagnosed with autism. She looks forward to working with the families and Erica's team.
Shirley was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She graduated on August 2003 from Marywood University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. Over the last 16 years, Shirley has worked with many children as a General Education Teacher, a Speech/Language Therapist, a Parent Educator, and a Technical Assistant Specialist for Quality Improvement of Childcare centers. She is fluently bilingual in both Spanish and English languages. She is also a loving mother of two boys ages 4 and 6. Shirley is so excited to be part of Erica’s team as an ABA therapist and even more excited to work with the families.
Sheena is a native of Alabama and currently resides in West New York, NJ. She currently holds certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, School Psychometrist, K-6 Special Education Teacher in New Jersey and Alabama, a Masters of Arts in Collaborative Education K-12 and a Bachelors degree in Health Promotions/ Fitness Leadership. During her teaching career, she had the opportunity to attend and present many professional development seminars. Over the past 15 years, she has taught pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade in a range of school settings, including full inclusion, resource instruction, self-contained and comprehensive treatment center. As an educator, she the privilege of serving her students, parents and colleagues in a variety of leadership positions such as lead teacher, Intel Teach selected participant, assistive technology representative, and inclusion programming leader. She has since moved outside the classroom and has been developing FBAs, BIPs and conducting assessments in the home setting. Sheena is the proud mom of two daughters and one dog. She loves watching her children create and learn in a motivating environment. She also has a love for dance and shares her talent with anyone anytime she can.
Kelley holds a Master’s Degree in theatrical education from Drew University and has been teaching theatre in various school settings for 8 years. For three of those 8 years, Kelley worked as a teacher’s assistant at Sawtelle Learning Center Kearny Annex, an ABA-based school in Northern New Jersey. Kelley is beyond excited to be working with the families and to be on Erica’s team!
Our first day of services the BCBA will come to the house and/or daycare and assess your child’s skill level. The assessment will yield the number of hours recommended and the skills that will be addressed in 1:1 therapy. As we begin working with your child, new skill acquisition programs will be introduced. Every six months the written treatment program will be updated and highlight progress and continued need for services.
Early Intervention In Home Services
Most service plans for very young children begin in the home. In-home we will teach skills that were targeted based on the assessment. These skills may include expressive language skills and receptive language skills. Other skills may include interaction skills with siblings, self-help skills, and play skills. These skills can also be taught in daycares and preschools in a pull-out session with the behavior technician.
Private Schools and Daycare
Our agency provides services in private school settings and in daycare centers. These services are available when the home setting is not available due to parents' work schedules, but also to provide valuable inclusion based skills. In these settings the children are supported by one of our highly trained staff. We are there to ensure your child follows the group, responds to teacher directions, participates in activities, and socially interacts with other children. Additional goals will be added depending on your child’s needs. In this setting it is expected that the teacher leads the class. We are there to support the child in how to function in their environment until they are functioning independently without staff support.
Community outings are planned based on the child’s need. Goals will be first taught with the instructor at home, then moved to the community and transferred to the parent with the instructor present. Once the child demonstrates these goals with the parents, the outing program is maintained naturally by the parents. At least one outing is usually approved per week but must be based on medical necessity.
We offer two different types of parent training services. The first type is didactic training in which the BCBA teaches the parents principles of ABA and how they apply to daily living situations through power point presentations with video examples. The second type is hands on parent training in which the parent is coached while working on different skill acquisition and other procedures with their child. This usually occurs when the child has mastered skills with the instructor. Parent training is an essential part of our ABA curriculum and we love to see parents get involved.
One on one services are usually conducted by behavior therapists or registered behavior technicians. Occasionally the BCBA will cover shifts when staff are absent. The amount of supervision delivered depends on the rules of your insurance company. Usually the BCBA supervises 1 hour for every 5 hours of therapy. During this time the supervisor makes clinical decisions about next steps for programs, problem solves any issues, and ensures that the behavior technicians are conducting programs consistently.
We attempt to have one or two overlaps with two staff and the supervisor per month if the therapists are available. This enables all staff to observe other styles and what is effective. Overlaps also ensure everyone is conducting programs and other procedures consistently.
We offer a free online presentation about autism, how to seek treatment, and ABA basics. This presentation is appropriate for parents who have concerns their child may be on the spectrum, parents whose children have been newly diagnosed, families who may have friends or family members recently diagnosed, or anyone who may be curious to learn. We are also available for a live presentation for staff development hours for daycares, preschools, or anyone else who works with young children or sees young children as patients. Please call or e mail for access to the presentation. After watching the presentation someone will be available to discuss any questions you may have over the phone.
School District Advocacy
We are experienced in helping find appropriate placement for children on the spectrum. With caring and knowledgeable staff, we help you navigate the beginnings of the IEP and placement process. Our staff have specific knowledge in the field of ABA as well as specific legal knowledge and could explore avenues other advocates could not.