Montana Map Resource Guide

Montana map with 5 regions and counties listed

Region 1 | Region 2 | Region 3 | Region 4 | Region 5

Statewide

Anisa N Goforth, PhD, NCSP, Licensed Psychologist (Montana)
406-243-2917
anisa.goforth@umontana.edu

http://hs.umt.edu/psychology/goforth/labPersonnel/default.php

Professional Areas: assessment (ages 3-adult), evidence-based interventions (behavior therapy), social skills (school-age)

Biography: Dr. Anisa Goforth is an Assistant Professor and Director of School Psychology Graduate Training Programs in the Department of Psychology at the University of Montana. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Montana and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Her research expertise is related to developing school psychologists’ level of practice and culture competence, the intersection of culture and practice, and ways that evidence-based practices can be implemented to best meet the needs of children and families. She has clinical expertise in assessment and evidence-based interventions for school-age children with autism.

Organization/Agency: University of Montana

Age group: 3-5 years, 6-22 years, 22 years and older

Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5


Doug Doty, M.S.
406-459-5303

http://mtautism.opiconnect.org

Professional Areas: Autism, Positive Behavior Interventions, Transition, Writing IEPs for students with ASD, Special Education Rules and Regulations

Biography: The OPI Montana Autism Education Project provides free autism training and consultation services to public schools serving students identified as having autism.

Organization/Agency: Montana Autism Education Project – Montana Office of Public Instruction

Age group: All public school students with autism spectrum disorders

Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5


Mary Jane Standaert, MS
406-443-0620
mjs82072@gmail.com
www.mtheadstart.org

Professional Area: early childhood education, assessment, health, social services

Biography: I teach early childhood classes for UM Western and have lots of knowledge regarding young children, working with parents and regarding Head Start. I am not interested in conducting trainings but am interested in expanding resources in the area of autism for Head Start staff and parents.

Organization/Agency: MT Head Start Association

Age group: Birth to 3 years, 3-5 years

Note: I am not the one with expertise regarding autism, but many within Head Start programs do or they are continually looking for that expertise to share with staff and parents.

Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5


Bonnie Stephens, MD, developmental behavioral pediatrician
406.327.3874
pbecker@communitymed.org
http://communitymed.org/areas-of-care/childrens-services/pediatric-specialty-clinics

Professional Area: Our multidisciplinary team is experienced at assessing children for a full range of behavioral and developmental disorders. This includes learning difficulties, speech and language concerns, autism spectrum disorder, delays in physical development and other issues that can interfere with how the child interprets and responds to the world. We provide formal diagnosis and recommendations for behavioral interventions as well as medical and education planning.

Biography: Our multidisciplinary team includes a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, a Pediatric Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, dietitian, and licensed speech, occupational and physical therapists. Each child is seen by this team of pediatric experts to evaluate for developmental delays, autism or other behavior disorders.

Organization/Agency: Community Medical Center/Development and Behavior clinic

Age group: Primarily we see children 2-12 but may see children outside of this range on a case by case basis.

Note: We are located in Missoula, Montana, but are able to see any child referred that is willing to travel for this evaluation. To make a referral for this diagnostic clinic send clinic notes, and any other testing or relevant information to the Pediatric Specialty Clinic. Fax: 406.327.5199. For more information or to discuss potential referrals, contact Polly Becker, LCSW at 406.327.3874.

Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5


Jennifer Schoffer Closson, MS CCC-SLP
406-243-2405
RiteCareReception@mso.umt.edu
https://coehs.umt.edu/departments/csd/DeWit%20RiteCare%20Speech,%20Language,%20and%20Hearing%20Clinic/default.php

Professional Area: Autism through the lifespan, YETI School Age Social Skills, MOSSAIC Adult Autism Intervention and Support

Biography: The DeWit RiteCare is a training facility for future speech-language pathologists and collaborates with other disciplines on the UM campus and in the community. All students receive clinical supervision from highly qualified clinical faculty. Services offered include individualized therapy, peer mediated intervention, social skill groups, and summer intensive programs.

Organization/Agency: University of Montana DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic

Age group: Birth to 3 years, 3-5 years, 6-22 years, 22 years and older, Lifespan

Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5


Region 1

Counties: Cater, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Roosevelt, Richland, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley, Wibaux

See Statewide list above this section.



Region 2

Counties: Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier, Hill, Liberty, Pondera, Teton, Toole

Brett E. Gilleo, LCPC, LMFT, BCBA
4062402045
brett@bigskytherapy.com
www.bigskytherapy.com

Professional Area: Assessment, behavior therapy, social skills, educational and IEP consulting, advocacy, family and individual therapy, applied behavioral analysis, behavioral programming and intervention, parent and provider education, parenting classes.

Biography: We have 15 years of experience serving children and families in Montana. We work extensively with other providers and local schools to meet the individual needs of the family and client. Services provided in the home, school, office or community setting. Specific and personalized intervention programs designed and implemented including the parent in the process. Inclusion of the parents increases the effectiveness of the program for their child, especially since they spend the most time with their child.

Organization/Agency: Big Sky Therapeutic Services, PLLC

Age group: Birth to 3 years, 3-5 years, 6-22 years, 22 years and older

Region 2



Region 3

Counties: Big Horn, Carbon, Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Mussel Shell, Petroleum, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheat Land, Yellowstone

Kelly Melius, Educational Consultant, BSED Specializing in Interventions for Autism
(406) 702-0597
kelly.melius@speechandlanguageabilitycenter.com

Professional Areas: Trained and Certified in the Developmental Individualized Relationship based Floortime method called the PLAY Project.

Biography: For the past 7 years I have had the pleasure of and continue to provide education, support, and intensive intervention to families affected by autism in Billings, MT and the surrounding areas. I have been extensively trained and certified in providing the PLAY Project intervention to young children diagnosed with autism ages 14mo-6yrs of age. I have also had the opportunity to provide services to older populations ranging from elementary age to adulthood. In this capacity I have provided intervention and support utilizing the Social Thinking Curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner through social skills groups and individualized instruction.

Organization/Agency: Speech and Language Ability Center

Age group: Birth to 3 years, 3-5 years, 6-22 years, 22 years and older

Region 3


Dusty Toth, MEd, Montana Autism Endorsement
406-248-2055
dustyt@step-inc.org
www.step-inc.org

Professional Area: Behavior Supports, Adult Transition, Social Skills

Biography: Whether you just have concerns, or your loves one has received a diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, STEP can be a guide on the journey ahead. Our services are designed to maximize opportunities for progress in a challenging world. Please call us to visit about how we can help.

Organization/Agency: STEP, Inc.

Age group: Birth to 3 years, 3-5 years, 6-22 years, 22 years and older

Region 3


Shawna Heiser, MS BCBA
406-580-2640
speciallearning1on1@gmail.com
speciallearning1on1.com

Professional Areas: Positive Behavioral Support, Social skills, School/teacher consultation/in-services and trainings, Private Behavioral Practice with all aged clients, Senior Lecturer Psychology MSU-Bozeman

Biography: Mrs. Heiser’s specialty involves working with families with behavior, communication, emotional and developmental disabilities. She was privately trained by five of the top nationally recognized researchers in the field of autism and is recognized as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She currently consults with school districts and early childhood intervention programs in the NW region of the country. Mrs. Heiser has presented for many professional agencies with some nationally recognized presenters; Temple Grandin and Kim Peek (Rain Man). In 2002, Shaw was asked to return to MSU where she teaches junior and senior level psychology courses.

Organization/Agency: Special Learning 1-ON-1 LLC and MSU-Bozeman

Age groups: Birth to 3 years, 3-5 years, 6-22 years, 22 years and older

Notes: Shawna’s motto in servicing families is “every child deserves an opportunity for independence”.

Region 3, Region 4, Region 5



Region 4

Counties: Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Gallatin, Granite, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Madison, Meagher, Park, Powell, Silver Bow

Shawna Heiser, MS BCBA
406-580-2640
speciallearning1on1@gmail.com
speciallearning1on1.com

Professional Area: Positive Behavioral Support, Social skills, School/teacher consultation/in-services and trainings, Private Behavioral Practice with all aged clients, Senior Lecturer Psychology MSU-Bozeman

Biography: Mrs. Heiser’s specialty involves working with families with behavior, communication, emotional and developmental disabilities. She was privately trained by five of the top nationally recognized researchers in the field of autism and is recognized as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She currently consults with school districts and early childhood intervention programs in the NW region of the country. Mrs. Heiser has presented for many professional agencies with some nationally recognized presenters; Temple Grandin and Kim Peek (Rain Man). In 2002, Shaw was asked to return to MSU where she teaches junior and senior level psychology courses.

Organization/Agency: Special Learning 1-ON-1 LLC and MSU-Bozeman

Age group: Birth to 3 years, 3-5 years, 6-22 years, 22 years and older

Notes: Shawna’s motto in servicing families is “every child deserves an opportunity for independence”.

Region 3, Region 4, Region 5



Region 5

Counties: Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders

Lucy Hart Paulson, EdD, CCC-SLP
406-243-2376
lucy.hartpaulson@mso.umt.edu
http://www.coehs.umt.edu/departments/csd/DeWit%20RiteCare%20Speech,%20Language,%20and%20Hearing%20Clinic/default.php

Professional Area: Speech, Language and Literacy Development and Intervention

Biography: Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson is a clinical supervisor in the DeWit RiteCare Clinic. She is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Her areas of expertise include the assessment and treatment of child speech, language, and literacy development.

Organization/Agency: UM DeWit RiteCare Speech Language and Hearing Clinic

Age group: Birth to 3 years, 3-5 years

Region 5


Karlyn Gibbs, M.Ed., BCBA
406-755-2425
kgibbs@childdevcenter.org
www.childdevcenter.org

Professional Area: challenging behavior, intensive early intervention, social skills instruction, toilet training, verbal behavior

Biography: As CDC’s Autism and Behavioral Services Treatment Supervisor, I’m responsible for assuring that children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities receive the support and treatment that they need in order to succeed. I have a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in low incidence disabilities. I’m also a board certified behavior analyst. I’ve worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1990 and have been instrumental in the pioneering of autism services in the state of Montana.

Organization/Agency: The Child Development Center

Age group: Birth to 3 years, 3-5 years, 6-22 years

Region 5


Karlyn Gibbs, M.Ed., BCBA
406-249-0864
abaandaway@gmail.com
abaandaway.com

Professional Area: intensive early intervention, verbal behavior, challenging behaviors, pre-teen and teen social skills, toilet training

Biography: Supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities has been my professional privilege and passion for twenty-five years. As the treatment supervisor for a non-profit organization in NW Montana, I pioneered the implementation of evidence-based treatment for young children with autism spectrum disorders in a rural, sparsely populated state. I’ve successfully designed, implemented, and supervised, home, center, community, and school based interventions for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. My 25 years of experience includes parent education, developing functional communication systems including the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), treating challenging behavior using positive behavior supports and functional behavior assessment, structuring environments for child success, and facilitating social thinking groups. I’ve worked with parents, teachers, school psychologists, speech therapists, early interventionists, and other providers of developmental disability services to improve outcomes for children and young adults with unique learning needs. I pride myself on my ability to create effective, individualized plans for children of all ages along with heartfelt and meaningful connections with each of their families.

Organzation/Agency: ABA and Away

Age group: Birth to 3 years, 3-5 years, 6-22 years

Region 5


Shawna Heiser, MS BCBA
406-580-2640
speciallearning1on1@gmail.com
speciallearning1on1.com

Professional Area: Positive Behavioral Support, Social skills, School/teacher consultation/in-services and trainings, Private Behavioral Practice with all aged clients, Senior Lecturer Psychology MSU-Bozeman

Biography: Mrs. Heiser’s specialty involves working with families with behavior, communication, emotional and developmental disabilities. She was privately trained by five of the top nationally recognized researchers in the field of autism and is recognized as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She currently consults with school districts and early childhood intervention programs in the NW region of the country. Mrs. Heiser has presented for many professional agencies with some nationally recognized presenters; Temple Grandin and Kim Peek (Rain Man). In 2002, Shaw was asked to return to MSU where she teaches junior and senior level psychology courses.

Organization/Agency: Special Learning 1-ON-1 LLC and MSU-Bozeman

Age group: Birth to 3 years, 3-5 years, 6-22 years, 22 years and older

Notes: Shawna’s motto in servicing families is “every child deserves an opportunity for independence”.

Region 3, Region 4, Region 5


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