OUR STORY – ABA CONNECT

ABA Connect was founded in 2013 as an early intervention, applied behavior analysis (ABA) service provider and learning center for children with autism.  We serve Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, and Pflugerville, Texas. We have three centers, one in South Austin, and the others in Cedar Park and Pflugerville.  Our centers offer both part-day and full-day options for children.  Additionally, we serve clients in other areas surrounding Austin through our home-based programming and telehealth services.

Our commitment is to provide evidence-based services that will enhance your child and your family’s quality of life. We provide applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, using Natural Environment Teaching and Discrete Trial Training instructional methods, along with parent support services, to help you and your child accomplish behavioral goals.

We specialize in early intervention, from 1-14 years of age, because this enables us to focus our attention on the very specific needs of young children and families. The lives of children who are on the autism spectrum and their families can improve enormously with early, evidence-based intervention. Early intervention increases the opportunities for success.

If you are interested in finding out more about our ABA services, please contact us at 512-898-9044 or you can read more about Getting Started.

BCBA Owned and Operated

Kirsten Brooks, BCBA

Kirsten has been a long-time supporter and advocate of the mental health community in Austin.  In 2007, she and her husband Mike opened the Austin Psychology and Assessment Center.  Through their work supporting individual, couples and family counselling, Kirsten noticed an ever growing need for ABA services in the area for children with Autism.  Through much research and many conversations with local physicians, it was clear Austin was severely lacking the providers needed to support the ongoing care and treatment of children in the area.

In 2013 Kirsten officially launched ABA Connect to help close the provider gap in the area.  Over the next several years ABA Connect would grow to support children all over Austin and the surrounding areas.  In 2020, ABA Connect took its first client in the Houston area.  Kirsten’s dedication to the kids we serve couldn’t have been more apparent than when she drove to the client’s house on their first day of services to welcome them to the ABA Connect family.

Since opening ABA Connect, Kirsten has gone on to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and currently acts as the Director of Clinical Operations.  Today ABA Connect is one of Austin’s largest locally owned and operated ABA providers.

Tim Plachta

Tim joined ABA Connect as a partner in 2018 and currently acts as the Director of Business Operations.  His dedication to working in the special needs community started as a middle school special education math teacher in 2007, but solidified when his second daughter was born with Down syndrome in 2010.

Since Ruby’s birth, Tim has gone on to either start or work with several companies focused on improving the lives of those in the special needs community.  He spent eight years owning and operating a financial planning practice that supported families with children with special needs, he cofounded a nonprofit with his wife Liz that has granted over $1,000,000 in college scholarships to adults with Down syndrome (www.rubysrainbow.org), and served as the Presiding Officer of the Texas ABLE advisory committee for two years to help develop and open ABLE accounts here in Texas (www.texasable.org).

Now Tim is now dedicated to ensuring that ABA Connect becomes Austin’s premier provider of ABA services and a place he’d be proud to take his own children to.

JOIN OUR ABA TEAM TODAY!

ABA Connect is a great place to work!  Our team is passionate about being a big part of the positive change that applied behavior analysis (ABA) can bring to a family. We pride ourselves at being a collaborative environment and a place that fosters professional growth. We have centers located in South Austin, Cedar Park and Pflugerville, Texas.  We also provide home services in the greater Austin area.   The team at ABA Connect works hard to improve the lives for children of all ages who have autism through natural environment teaching (NET) and discrete trial training (DTT).


BCBA Position Details:
    • BCBA, at the center and some community as well
    • Supervision of a team of dedicated therapists
    • Parent training
    • Collaborate with other providers working with our clients
    • Analyze progress data and modify treatment plans and update client goals
    • Communicate and train team and parents
As Part of the ABA Connect Team, You Will Receive:
    • Competitive Salary
    • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance after 60 days of service
    • 15 days Paid Time Off PLUS Paid Holidays
    • Stipend for paid CEU Expenses
Required Qualifications:
    • Physically able to work on the floor with children, while providing therapy (sit, stand, kneel, lift up to 50 lbs)
    • Able to use computers and tablets for extended periods of time
    • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, ability to pass background check
    • BCBA certification in good standing (or plans to take exam soon)
When Applying
    • Please send us the following to: jobs@abaconnect.com
    • A cover letter, telling us about yourself
    • Your resume
ABA Connect is dedicated to training confident, energetic ABA therapists.  We supervise our therapists more than the “regulated amount” in order to ensure they are supported. As a therapist at ABA Connect, you will have the opportunity to be supported by a BCBA at least once per week, and work with a range of clients with varying skill levels and needs. Thinking of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)? Our BCBAs are qualified to supervise therapists seeking their BCBA certification! Supervision towards a BCBA certification involves: Assisting BCBAs with skill acquisition assessments and functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) Observing BCBAs working directly with our learners Studying the items of the BACB task list. Practicing creating skill acquisition programs and behavior intervention plans (BIPs) Full-time and part-time positions are available. Qualifications include: Preferred experience providing ABA therapy with clients on the autism spectrum ages 1-12 years. Reliable transportation and a criminal background check is needed for this position. Roles/Responsibilities Teach learners with autism and other special needs skills involving communication, daily living skills, and social skills while following their individualized program created by the BCBA. Collect data on skills acquisition and behaviors during each therapy session. Implement behavior change procedures according to a learner’s behavior intervention plan (BIP).

If you are interested in employment with ABA Connect please submit a cover letter outlining your experience and why you are a good fit for our team. A resume and list of three references is also required to be considered for our available positions. Contact: jobs@abaconnect.com. Current list of open ABA Connect positions on Indeed.