Maryland: Autism Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment
Continuum Behavioral Health serves the state of Maryland, including Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard, Baltimore, Harford, Cecil, and Anne Arundel Counties. During the assessment process, each child receives a comprehensive functional assessment that identifies core deficits and problem behaviors that may be interfering with the child’s ability to learn and participate in daily life at home, school and in the community. Every child’s program is individualized to meet his or her needs, learning style and guided by what is developmentally expected.
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Bethany began her career in ABA in 2013 and joined Continuum in 2018 as a Senior Consultant. She has worked with children and adults with disabilities in a variety of settings to include: schools, private family homes, sheltered workshops, state hospitals and community-based group homes. Bethany has presented at the state and international levels on Work and Home Based Interventions for An Adult with Mental Illness. During her time working in residential care, she created, systemized and replicated programs geared towards adaptive skill acquisition and increasing independence. Prior to her work in human services, she had extensive supervisory experience in the fields of health care, education and operations. Bethany earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University and her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Shenandoah University.
Meghan Hoffman, M.Ed., BCBA
Special Projects Coordinator
Ms Hoffman has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for 20 years. She received her Masters in Special Education with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University in 2006 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She worked as a teacher and supervisor at The Ivymount School for 11 years serving students aged 5 through 21. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University teaching graduate level coursework approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and supervised graduate students in their internships through The University Practicum Program. Meghan continues to provide consultative services to families and schools, working with students aged 2 through 26. In addition to her role as consultant and professor, she provides trainings and workshops to schools and organizations throughout Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia.
Carolyn Crysdale-Shattuck, M.S., BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Carolyn Crysdale, M.S., BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a member of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis and the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis, and has over 10 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Prior to working with Continuum, she has worked at the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well in the Autism program at the Ivymount School. She has also worked in early intervention services with Little Leaves Behavioral Services. Carolyn holds a M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Shenandoah University. She has presented on her research with colleagues in areas related to social attention preference-based treatment and escape-maintained problem behavior at several regional conferences, and has been published as an author in Behavior Analysis in Practice.
Nita Adkins, M.S., BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Nita is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who completed her BCBA coursework through Penn State University. She has a Masters in Counseling Studies from Capella University and a Bachelors in Psychology from Messiah College. She has over 10 years of experience working with a variety of special needs students ages 2-22 in school, home, and community settings across Pennsylvania and Maryland. Nita’s enjoys using each student’s interests to help them find their own level of independence for each of their environments. She has extensive experience in training and directly collaborating with families, schools, and local organizations. Her passion is to spread awareness of techniques that work for special needs students while also helping communities embrace and work successfully with these types of learners.
Brittney Spiker, M.A., M.S., BCBA
Director of Supervision
Ms. Brittney Spiker is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Frostburg State University where she completed her undergraduate internship at the Allegany County Infants and Toddlers Program. She went on to obtain her Master of Art’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University, and is currently studying for her Master’s of Science in Early Childhood Special Education from Johns Hopkins University. Her professional training includes working as a teacher in the Autism Program at the Ivymount School, as well as, providing and supervising home-based ABA programs for children with autism. Her professional interests include early intervention, effective classroom instruction for children with autism, and functional communication.