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  • Home | Nicole L. Stewart

    Nicole L. Stewart Your partner in nurturing your child's potential Are you a devoted parent on the journey of raising an extraordinary child with unique needs? Do you find yourself facing behavioral challenges or seeking ways to understand your child's development?​ ​ Are you overwhelmed and unsure where to turn for support? ​ You've come to the right place. I'm Nicole Stewart, a Special Education Teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and I'm here to support your journey. ​ As a BCBA, I am dedicated to empowering parents and professionals like you to navigate the complex needs of each child. With almost 20 years of experience, I understand the nuances of child behavior and the importance of providing individualized solutions. Partnership with Compassion and Expertise Services Learn more about how I can support you, your child and your family. From 1:1 direct therapy to educational advocacy will help foster progress and success for your child. FAQ What does therapy look like? What is a BCBA? How do I know if we're a good match? Check out the answers to all your questions here. Workshops In addition to supporting family individually, I support parents and professionals in group setting. Check out my current offerings. Contact Me Ready for your complimentary 30-minute consultation? Contact me today!

  • Monthly Webinars | Nicole L. Stewart

    Monthly Skills-Based Workshops Whether a parent or a professional, join me monthly for a live webinar on different topics related to childhood, neurodiversity, behavior management, social-emotional learning and collaboration. These 1-hour events are jam-packed and full of actionable information for every member of a child's team. February for Professionals Executive Functioning Essentials for Clinicians 1 BACB CEU February 20, 2024 11:30am - 12:30pm EST Register March for Caregivers Managing Family Routines: Navigating transitions and changes March 13, 2024 12pm - 1pm EST ​ ​ Register March for Professionals Improving Parent Collaboration 1 BACB Ethics Ceu March 18, 2024 12pm - 1pm EST ​ ​ Register April for Caregivers Is ABA right for my child? April 3, 2024 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST ​ ​ Register

  • ABA Business Inspiration Program | Nicole L. Stewart

    ABA Business Inspiration Masterclass Empowering and equipping you with the tools you need to be a solopreneur BCBA Are you ready to carve out your space as a BCBA? Do you want to practice independently but you're not sure where to start? Maybe you are worried you don't have "what it takes" Maybe it feels like the "to-do" list is insurmountable Maybe you haven't found your inspiration yet... ​ This course is for you! ​ Watch this 2 minute video to learn more about me, why I teach this course, and what you can learn - gain assurance that the course is right for you. Register In this program, you will get: 12 hours of pre-recorded content Monthly opportunities for group Q & A sessions on the first Thursday of every month from 9:00 - 10:00 pm EST 1 hour of 1:1 mentorship for targeted support for your goals and needs Templates, worksheets and resources to take the guesswork out of small business development Access to the Google Classroom with all materials and discussion opportunities for at least 1 year Access to email consultation and support for 3 months after enrollment 20% of future 1:1 mentorship consultations $1000 retail value $290 for all content $425 for all content PLUS 14 CEUs Register ​ This course will empower you to find yourself as an independent BCBA, and give you the tools to start your own practice. This course is ideal for people who want to practice independently, do consulting or own a boutique ABA agency. With so many niches out there, it's time to find the one that is right for you. ​ How can you benefit? Create space for guided reflection and mission development Learn financial, clinical and ethical skills needed to run your own consulting, independent or boutique ABA business Become empowered as a solopreneur to troubleshoot common dilemmas and proactively plan your business Get resources for next steps, how to plan out your practice and how to take control of your own professional development CEUs available ​ There are so many resources out there, how do you know what is right for you? This course will teach you how to trust your own instincts, provide you with direction, and help you learn how to learn the business of ABA as a solo-practicing BCBA. ​ ​ Program Curri cu lum Part 1: Yo ur Niche You'll gain a greater understanding of who you are as a BCBA and who you want to be as a solopreneur. You'll find inspiration in your strengths, identify what you don't know, and align your value with the needs of your community. Think of this as an initial assessment to understand your baseline: your skills, your deficits, your history and where you could fit into your community. Descriptive assessments, interviews and questionnaires give you more data to better develop your mission. This part is necessary to understanding who you are, where you want to grow and to create a clear vision for your professional goals. Part 2: Your Business Plan We will focus on business logistics. You will be given resources to determine how to create your own business plan that matches your mission and goals. We will review different funding sources and options to determine your business model. We will also discuss financial planning: know your options for benefits, retirement savings, invoices and more. In order to maintain ethical clinical standards, you also need to be running an ethical business, and feel equipped to practice as a business owner. Principles of Organizational Behavior Management will be threaded throughout to ensure your business practices align with behavior analytic principles. Part Three: Your Ethical Principles Prepare yourself for the ethical dilemmas you may face as a solopreneur. As BCBAs, we often rely on our peers to troubleshoot sticky areas. How can you grow your skillset and maintain a sense of belonging that helps you navigate challenging moments? This section includes proactive tools such as contracts, creating business management strategies, and recognizing triggers that occur for you. Part Four: Your Network During this portion, we focus on how to market yourself and establish a network. You will be empowered to develop a network, support your community and think outside the box to develop your practice. There are several types of networking, that we will review and discuss when to focus on each form. In addition, we will cover social media, websites, marketing strategies, and networking strategies. It is important to think about every component of your business through a behavior analytic lens: how are you networking ethically? What do you need in a network to ethically support your clients? Additionally, how do you know if your networking and marketing is effective? How do you test marketing interventions and measure success? Part Five: Your Clinical Staples The focus of part five is knowing what you need clinically before you need it. We discuss essential clinical must-haves for being a solo BCBA. Key areas of focus include: developing templates; setting your schedule; and management of materials and data. Be prepared for new clients and minimize clinical hiccups with a comprehensive set-up. Part Six: Your Business Management As this course comes to a close, we discuss some tips to manage your finances and flow of work as well as develop KPIs around your business development. How will you define and measure success? ​ This course includes 12 hours of pre-recorded content, opportunities for 1:1 mentorship and group meetings to collaborate with like-minded peers. New cohorts starting on a rolling basis - register now for the Winter 2023-2024 cohort! ​ ​ ​ $1000 retail value $290 for all content $425 for all content PLUS 14 CEUs Register

  • ADHD program | Nicole L. Stewart

    ABA and ADHD 1 day, 7.5 CEUs, jam-packed with information focused on treating ADHD using behavior analytic principles. Ideal for BCBAs, great for parents and other professionals. August 16, 2023 9:30 am - 4:45 pm EDT Unlock potential through skill-building Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts approximately 6-16% of children (, 2023). Children with ADHD often experience challenges with emotional regulation, social skills, executive functioning and self-management, among other areas of functioning. These difficulties can lead to low self-esteem, increased conflict and poor educational outcomes (Kuriyan et. al., 2013). FBAs and BIPs completed by BCBAs have become increasingly more common for children with ADHD in school settings (Rapp et. al., 2020). Additionally, treatment recommendations from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics include behavioral therapy. However, ABA therapy is not widely practiced as a way to develop functional skills and bolster areas of deficits within this population. Further, parents of children with ADHD often report frustration with the lack of appropriate therapeutic option s available to adequately address performance deficits. With more training and support, BCBAs could be an optimal choice as practitioners. This training supports the development of BCBAs interested in treating the ADHD population. Participants will learn specific teaching strategies, assessment techniques and programming to effectively hone the abilities of children with ADHD. ​ F ull Day Admission: $80 for 7.5 CEUs; $25 NO CEU Option P artial Admission: $30 for 2.5 CEUs; $10 NO CEU Option ​ Part 1: Understanding ADHD & Best Practices for Successful Support 9 :30AM - 11:35AM EDT; 2.5 CEUs ADHD diagnosis, symptoms & common presentations Treatment options available to parents Best practices to thread throughout therapy sessions The role of parent training in ABA therapy for ADHD management ​ Part 2: Social Emotional Needs, Interventions and Strategies 1 2:25PM - 2:30PM EDT; 2.5 CEUs Neurotypical and Neurodivergent social-emotional development Strategies to develop social skills and emotional regulation fluency during structured therapy Measurement, monitoring and collaboration to identify generalization and pain points while skills are in development ​ Part 3: Executive Functioning Development: Promoting Independence 2 :40 - 4:45 EDT; 2.5 CEUs The importance of executive functioning development Self-management and independent skills Working memory functions ​ The entire day will be recorded and distributed to participants within 48 hours following the event. Please note that by attending, you consent to being recorded. You may keep your camera and sound off for the entirety of the event. Attendance for CEUs will be monitored using keywords throughout the training. Register

  • Contact | Nicole L. Stewart

    Contact me Serving Northern NJ and NYC (additional locations available via a remote platform and based on state licensure) 973.761.3542 Name Email Phone Address Subject Message Submit Thanks for submitting! Contact: Contact

  • Staff Training & CEUs | Nicole L. Stewart

    Staff Training & CEUs I am an authorized ACE provider through the BACB and can provide CEUs to BCBAs. With experience presenting to groups as small as 4 and as large as 150, I customize my presentation to be interactive and engaging to the needs of my audience. Trainings can be geared towards BCBAs, caregivers or non-ABA childcare specialists. Training Library includes: Leadership training 8-hour BCBA supervisor training Facilitation of journal clubs VB-MAPP training Developmental norms Use of conditioned reinforcers Academic Instruction utilizing behavior analytic principles Pairing and rapport building Mand training Case conceptualization Antecedent interventions in inclusive settings Function-based responding to behaviors AND MORE Contact Me Staff Training & CEUs: Services

  • Services | Nicole L. Stewart

    Services for Families I offer a range of services designed to support you and your child in achieving positive outcomes. Contact Me 1:1 Behavioral Therapy First and foremost, my behavioral therapy is focused on building a strong relationship. Without trust and rapport, therapeutic techniques are unsuccessful and will not generate long-lasting improvements to the quality of your child's life. Behavioral therapy takes place at your home or in the community setting (e.g. in an aftercare space or school setting) to promote generalization and functionality of skill development. Sessions are fun, child-centered and individualized to the child. Their deficits, strengths, interests and abilities are all taken into consideration when designing a plan. No two children are alike and that's why I create a personalized program that focuses on functionality and cater's to your child's individuality. Individualized behavioral therapy can address areas such as: Emotional regulation Coping mechanisms Executive functioning Working memory Communication Social skills Self-management Behavioral outbursts I work with children diagnosed with autism, ADHD, ODD or anxiety as well as children who do not have any diagnoses. The frequency and duration of therapy sessions is determined collaboratively with you as the caregiver. Unlike many behavior analysts, I do not have minimum requirements and work with most of my clients one time per week. ​ ​ Parent Coachi ng & Support I am not just here to guide you; I'm here to partner with you. Let's collaborate to equip you with practical tools and effective techniques to empower you and your child. You are the expert on your child. The biggest parts of my job are to listen and work with you to find realistic solutions. The goals are to reduce your stress and improve your family dynamics. Parent coaching can be embedded within 1:1 behavioral therapy or can be provided completely separately. Parent coaching can include: Creating routines and strategies at home to reduce behavioral issues Educating you about your child's needs at home, at school or in the community Conducting functional behavior assessments Facilitating collaboration between you and the school Creating a plan to better support your child, including guidance on additional evaluations and providers Parent coaching can occur on a regular basis in person or via zoom, or we can create a custom package for short-term support to manage an acute issue. We work together to find a schedule that works for your needs. ​ ​ IEP & 504 Support Managing your child's extraordinary needs at school can bring a whole different type of stress. Navigating the special education process requires it's own expertise and training, and many parents are expected to do it on their own. It can be a challenge to understand if your child is getting the services, support and accommodations they require, and how they are progressing in the school setting. My role is to help bridge the divide between the school team and the family to ensure that parents are able to meaningfully participate in their child's educational program. In addition to being trained by COPAA and the SPAN Network, I have extensive experience joining in IEP and 504 meetings in different roles. I can support your child's educational needs by: Reviewing their IEP and records Providing individualized guidance and suggestions throughout the process Participating in IEP and 504 meetings Conducting Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) for behaviors Collaborating with the school team to find functional and appropriate solutions for your child Training educational staff in behavioral techniques Contact Me

  • BCBA Mentorship | Nicole L. Stewart

    BCBA Mentorship Quality supervision and mentorship is key to dissemination and development of the behavior analytic field. I provide direct BCBA supervision in 1:1 and group settings. Additionally, through a partnership, I am developing a BCBA supervision framework to promote generalized scientific and compassionate behaviors for aspiring clinicians. Please go to Supervision Reimagined to check out this part of my passion and services. Contact Me BCBA Mentorship: Services

  • FAQ | Nicole L. Stewart

    FAQ Frequently Asked Questions Contact Me What is a BCBA? A BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. To become a BCBA, one must hold a masters in a related field, take advanced coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and complete supervised fieldwork. I have been a BCBA since 2012 and in the field of special education and ABA since 2005. What is ABA? ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA is the science of behavior, and using behavioral change techniques to teach desired behaviors and lessen interfering behaviors. The primary techniques that drive my practice include relationship development, positive reinforcement, analysis of objective data, natural environment teaching, task analysis, chaining and breaking skills down into smaller steps. You may have heard of discrete trial training (DTT) associated with ABA: that is only 1 technique of ABA and not one that I typically use. I also ensure all objectives are applied and appropriate for the child, which means making sure they are neurodiversity affirming, and not "cookie-cutter ABA". Are you accepting new clients? Currently, I am accepting new clients. Due to the individual needs of each client, we can discuss whether our schedules and needs align prior to onboarding. What type of payment do you accept? All of my services are billed as private pay. I am not in-network with any insurance company. If you have out-of-network benefits, you may be eligible for reimbursement for my 1:1 behavioral therapy or parent coaching services. As a disclaimer, most insurance companies do not provide coverage (in or out of network) for a BCBA unless the child has an autism diagnosis. However, I have been able to get exceptions and will work with you to try to secure medically necessary coverage. In these instances, a diagnosis is usually necessary as well as support from your child's pediatrician and/or a neuropsychologist. Additionally, for IEEs, payment would happen through your school district. In addition to IEEs, I have been contracted through school districts to provide 1:1 therapy or other services through the impartial hearing process. What type of needs do you serve? I work with children with autism, ADHD, anxiety, ODD, rare genetic disorders and multiple diagnoses as well as children who do not have a diagnosis. While the diagnosis can play a clue into the underlying mechanisms behind strengths, deficits, behaviors and overall needs, my practice focuses more on the individual child and program. What ages do you work with? I specialize in early childhood and elementary school. I have worked with middle and high school children, typically those who have more severe or intensive needs. Most of my clients are between 2-10 years old. What is the difference between you and other therapists? In my own experience as a parent, I struggled to find a therapist who worked with my child to teach him skills that he needed. Most social workers and psychologists focus on play or talk therapy, which helps many children, but not all. My practice breaks skills down in fun and functional ways to teach them and promote generalization. Across all my services, I work collaboratively with you to ensure progress and success. My goal is that you and your child do not need my services forever: I want to empower and educate you and your child's team to maximize their success. How do I know if it's a good match? Trust your gut. For 1:1 therapy, your child should be excited to see me, or at the very least, not afraid of me or our work together. Some kids avoid hard work, which means they may not love our sessions, and it's important for us to work together to identify any reservations. For parent coaching, if it's not a match, that is okay! I will refer you to other providers, and most of my services are billed hourly, which means there is no obligation to continue. Finding the right rapport is part of the therapeutic relationship, and while I am flexible to meet the needs of many families, it is also okay if we are not the right match. What do your sessions look like? For 1:1 therapy, my sessions often look like play. We might build obstacle courses, do word searches, conduct science experiments, play board games or even play catch. I use an eclectic mix of resources, and embed my teaching into fun activities. I might use the same activity for all of my sessions in a week, and it looks completely different from child to child based on their personality and goals. For parent coaching, we can do in-person or via Zoom. I like to include write-ups or visuals to support communication and collaboration. I also will provide models (often with my own children if needed!) or train you directly on a skill.

  • Educational Consultant | Nicole L. Stewart LLC

    Nicole L. Stewart MSEd, BCBA, LBA-NY About: Welcome All About Me I am an ambitious, driven and dedicated educator and behavior analyst who has been working within the special needs population for over 15 years. Whether I am working directly with a client, coaching parents, or mentoring aspiring clinicians, my work relies on a combination of scientifically-validated teaching and empathic rapport building. I focus on solutions, tactics and interventions that are practical and functional not only for the child, but also for the family and support system around the child. I extend my support beyond direct-care to mentorship and supervision for BCBA fieldwork, as well as being an ACE provider for CEUs. In all facets of my work, I rely on behavior analytic principles with a high level of individualization to the client. I hold a Masters of Science in Education in Severe Special Needs from Simmons University where I gained experience through the program's partnership with the New England Center for Children. In addition, I have an Advanced Certificate in ABA from Florida Institute of Technology. I am a certified teacher in MA (students with severe needs) and NY (students with disabilities), a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), and a licensed behavior analyst in NY State (LBA-NY). I have had the opportunity to work in residential, public school, private school, home-based, community-based and center-based settings. My most recent position before moving into private practice was as the Director of Educational and Behavioral Services at Manhattan Behavioral Center, where I led the center's clinical growth from the onset of it's development. In addition to the services I provide privately, I am also an adjunct professor in the ABA program at CUNY Hunter College. I volunteer for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) and serve as the Government Affairs chair on the board of NJABA. ​ Areas of expertise include: Autism & developmental delays Rare genetic disorders with multiple disabilities ADHD & emotional regulation Supporting children in inclusive settings Verbal behavior training, including implementation of AAC devices Transdisciplinary collaboration Pre-school & elementary aged children Parent & caregiver support & training Educational evaluations & advocacy BCBA supervision and mentorship of new BCBAs Leadership training ​ Contact Me About: About Me

  • Educational Advocacy | Nicole L. Stewart

    Educational Advocacy My educational advocacy relies on my experience knowing children's educational needs and how they fit within the continuum of services. I serve as a second educational opinion whether it's interpreting your IEP, participating in educational meetings, or providing expert witness testimony in the impartial hearing process. I work to get to know your child, your district and advocate for the learning environment your child requires. Additionally, I can conduct formal independent educational evaluations to support your child's needs. My hands-on experience with advocacy has been supplemented with formal training through my masters coursework, through COPAA and through the SPAN network. Contact Me Educational Advocacy: Services

  • Workshops | Nicole L. Stewart

    Training Events ABA Business Inspiration Program A continuous series of classes aimed at empowering BCBAs to become independent practitioners and business owners for their own solo practice or small agency. Ideal for BCBAs who want to escape the insurance cycles, practice in smaller niches or do consulting/coaching work. Currently, the Do-It-Yourself, On-Demand option is still available! Learn Register ABA and ADHD On-demand courses coming soon Comprehensive on-demand courses on utilizing ABA to build skills in children with ADHD. Great for BCBAs looking to expand their scope of competence AND for parents or other professionals looking to learn more about how to utilize the principles of ABA to support children with ADHD. Sign up to learn more Book your next training with Nicole Nicole provides customized trainings for groups as small as 4 people to as large as 150 people. Each training is individualized to promote engagement and learning with the intended audience. Trainings can be geared towards BCBAs, caregivers and non-ABA childcare specialists. Nicole's current training library includes: leadership training, 8-hour supervision training, case conceptualization, rapport building, ABA in inclusive settings, developmental norms, toilet training, antecedent interventions, empathic and function-based responding, applications of ABA in the community, and MORE Contact Me

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