Applied Behavior Learning Center is founded on the desire to provide comprehensive and innovative ABA therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis, for children with autism and other developmental delays. Our philosophy is to treat each case with personal and passionate care, to strive for recovery, and to improve the lives of every one of our clients and families.
To best meet the needs of your child, ABLC staff receive in-depth ABA training prior to working with clients, as well as on-going supervision, education, and training from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. We believe staying current in the field of ABA is our professional responsibility and offer many opportunities for our staff to grow and expand their skills and knowledge of the latest ABA approaches.
MEET OUR STAFF
LAUREN FIGUEROA M.A., BCBA - Director, President, Co-Founder
Lauren Figueroa is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While at the University of Michigan, Lauren worked in laboratories researching gene therapy, spinal cord function, injury and abnormality, and Alzheimer’s disease. She earned her Master of Arts in Education from The University of West Florida with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Lauren went on to work at Marcus Autism Center (Atlanta, GA) in an intensive in-patient and out-patient Pediatric Feeding Disorders Unit under Dr. William Sharp and Dr. David Jaquess. During her tenure at Marcus Autism Center, Lauren was able to offer a wide range of feeding services and consultations to children and their families.
While working for STAR Autism in California, she consulted in the public school systems and with paraprofessionals to apply the principles of ABA to the existing pedagogical practices of the schools. Lauren created and implemented programs that offer the best possible outcome for children in the public school system in Southern California.
Growing up with a twin brother with Down Syndrome lends Lauren personal insight to the challenges facing special needs children and their families. Throughout her career, she has worked with many families and siblings to implement sustainable solutions for the challenges facing them.
Jennifer Allen, M.A., BCBA - Assistant Director
Jennifer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Texas- San Antonio in 2010. While receiving her bachelors degree, Jennifer worked with children diagnosed with dyslexia for two years and became interested in child development. Soon after she began working at a clinic for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in San Antonio as a Lead Behavior Therapist.
Jennifer's interest in child development continued as she moved to Houston and became a Kindergarten teacher. Her classroom was modified using the basic principles of ABA in order to accommodate the students diagnosed with ADHD, Conduct Disorder and Autism. Upon completing the year with her students, Jennifer returned to ABA therapy full-time and earned her Master of Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015. Jennifer now serves as the Assistant Director for Applied Behavior Learning Center.
Sarah Ontko, M.Ed., RBT - Program Coordinator
Sarah began her ABA career in 2012 as a behavior therapist. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Texas A&M University in the fall of 2011. In 2013, Sarah moved to California where she continued to provide high quality ABA therapy in the home, community, and in schools. During this time, Sarah worked toward, and earned, her master’s degree in Elementary Teacher Education, as well as became a Registered Behavior Technician. Upon completion, she moved back to Texas to join the ABLC family. She now works closely with the BCBAs to develop and implement programs for each child’s treatment plan and train staff.
Emilie Hoffart, BS, MA, BCBA
Emilie began her ABA career in 2015, as an ABA intern, during her last semester of college. She graduated from Texas State University in 2015 with a Bachelors degree in Family and Child Development, with minors in Psychology and Social Work. Emilie is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University and is projected to graduate in December 2018. Emilie has continued to work with children on the spectrum and now serves as Supervisor at ABLC.
Lilliana Guzman, BS, RBT
Lilliana Guzman is a Texas native born and raised on the south side of Houston. Lilliana started at ABLC as an intern becoming a behavioral therapist on October of 2016. Lilliana received her bachelors of science at the University of Houston, majoring in psychology and a minor in human development and consumer sciences. Lilliana now serves as a Supervisor at ABLC and continues to work with children on the Autism Spectrum.