Frank Carle is currently the director of clinical services and co-founder of Learning Continuum,which provides applied behavior analysis for individuals with autism and related developmental disorders across the lifespan of 18 months old to 26 years old.

(Photo Courtesy of Frank Carle)

(Photo Courtesy of Frank Carle)

What is your Educational Background?

“As an undergraduate student at the University of Houston with a major in accounting, I enrolled in the mandatory introduction to psychology course. A guest presenter discussed treatment for individuals with autism. Following the presentation, I contacted the presenter and decide to join TYAP as a behavioral therapist. I changed my major and receive my Bachelors in Science in psychology, with a minor in sociology.”

“In 2004, I decide to pursue a Masters in Arts in clinical psychology at the University of Houston, Clear-Lake. I receive an M.A. in clinical psychology in 2008, while working full-time. After obtaining the M.A., I wanted to pursue the board certified behavior analysis credential. At the time, I was a board certified associate behavior analyst for approximately six years. Given the number of years I committed to the field of ABA, the BCBA seemed like a logical progression.”

What do you do for a living?

“I am currently the director of clinical services at Learning Continuum. Our goal at LC is to provide high quality ABA services for families who have children, teens, and young adults diagnosed with autism and related disorders. My duties at LC are quite vast: meeting with families, completing in-take and follow-up evaluations, setting treatment goals, providing school/agency consultations, conducting progress review meetings with staff and parents, interviewing/hiring new team members, generating client/staff weekly schedules, submitting insurance claims on behalf of families; and oddly enough, some accounting tasks such as invoicing.”

How did your education help you in your current job?

“I believe the greatest influence on forging my career path lies with the professionals and educators who have mentored me along the way. Dr. Gerald Harris, provides me with my first opportunity in the field of ABA through TYAP. At TYAP, I learned the fundamentals of implementing ABA therapy and how to develop programs tailored for the individual. While at TYAP, I worked closely with Dr. Stacey Tominik, Dr. Catriona Cullum, and Trea Drake. I later joined Overcoming Autism Through Hope, where I work with Claudio Rodriguez and refined my skills as a program consultant. My experience with OATH gives me training with Dr. Ron Leaf and Autism Partnership. After 10 years of ABA work, I decided I wanted to learn more about working with older individuals with autism who are enrolled in schools. I began working at Avondale House, which is a school for individuals with autism and related disorders… I was approached by Mr. Zaheer to begin Learning Continuum. I am now able to combine my educational background with over 15 years of applied work in the field to assist families that have a loved one with autism.”

Richard Carranza is a reporter from the Houston, Texas area and published his first work in 1990. His education includes a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Cornell College, master of science in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University, and a masters of business administration from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. In addition to writing, Richard is involved in the design of petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants, oil/gas facilities and ethanol plants. He also carries out writing assignments for publications like Chemical Processing Magazine, Maritime Executive Magazine and Chemical Online.