ABA Therapy


Beach Kids Therapy Center will now be offering ABA therapy in both the clinic and home environments! Our ABA department will be just as much a part of our inter-disciplinary process as all of our other phenomenal services of OT, PT, and Speech! Clinic-based ABA sessions will take place right alongside therapists of all disciplines in our family-centered environment. Our ABA treatment will be individualized based on client and family-specific needs. Some of the modalities that we will use are PRT, DTT, naturalistic interventions and floor time/DIR model.  All of the BCBA's and RBT's at Beach Kids will receive specialized training in sensory integration, behavior, and multi-disciplinary interventions.

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Michelle Liddell, BCBA

Enneagram: Achiever

Qualities: Excelling, Driven

Michelle is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst who has been in the field for 10 years. She began her career in ABA, working for a school district at an elementary school in a low-income area as a behavioral interventionist aide. She saw how special needs programs could benefit from an evidence-based practice, like ABA, and how this would help these students to be more successful. Michelle collaborated with all school professional, including BCBA’s, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and school psychologists and teachers to assist in developing a strong ABA program. She believes team work is the best approach in effective treatment.  Prior to clinic treatment, she worked for a variety of ABA agencies in Los Angeles and Orange County,  providing in-home therapy, parent education and classroom support. She has experience with a variety of diagnoses with individuals from age 1 to 30 and with a variety of behaviors, including aggression and self-injury . She loves helping children develop school readiness skills, functional communication and social skills,  and enjoys teaching and assisting parents in ABA strategy. Outside of work, she enjoys piano, surfing, running and spending time with her two Bengal cats. 

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Ali Sharon, RBT

Enneagram Type: Helper

Qualities: Altruistic, Friendly

Ali is a Registered Behavior Technician with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Elon University. She has 3 years of experience working in the field with children with special needs and has 10 years of lived experience with a family member diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ali is able to use her years of experience to give clients exceptional care and treatment. As a family member of someone with ASD, Ali understands the importance of ABA and strives to help families in need. Outside of work, Ali enjoys exercising, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family. 

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Ariana Mishreki BA, RBT
Enneagram: Giver 
Qualities: Enthusiastic and energetic 

Ariana is a Registered Behavior Technician who holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Concordia University Irvine. She has over a year of experience working with special needs children, specifically those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ariana is passionate about providing treatment specifically tailored to each client, adapting to each client's unique behaviors and triggers. When she's not working, Ariana's hobbies include baking, thrift shopping, drinking coffee/pastries and hanging out with church friends. She's a member of her local church Mission Bible Church and greatly enjoys serving as the 1:1 Special Learning Lead in her Children's Ministry. Ariana also has a great affection for dogs, all things Julia Child and an infinity for outer space.

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Gianna Bandoni, BA, RBT

Gianna is a Registered Behavioral Therapist with a Bachelor's in Psychology from UC Irvine. She holds 10 years of experience with special needs children, in settings including teaching adaptive karate, volunteering with Special Olympics, schools, and behavioral therapy. Gianna brings creativity and fun to sessions while promoting skills for children to reach their highest potential. Her favorite part of ABA is the time spent around children and their families. "Seeing the whole family model is essential in helping children in ABA, it's fulfilling to provide real life skills to help the family manage behaviors. We can target as much as we can in clinic but it true takes everyone working as a team to create real change," she says. In her free time, you can find her practicing yoga, skiing or attempting to leash train her cat. 

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