The Owner/Director of the Positive Behavior Changes is Dr. Ronni Okraski. Dr. Okraski has been working with individuals with disabilities since 1994 with a focus in autism spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis, early childhood education, special education, inclusion and positive behavior supports.
She has provided educational and behavioral supports across various settings. Positions include special education teacher, in-home behavior therapist, graduate college instructor, behavior consultant, and contracted behavior analyst for school districts.
She obtained her Doctorate in Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a major in Special Education which focused in Applied Behavior Analysis and a cognate in Inclusive Early Childhood Education in June of 2017. Her national certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst was obtained in March of 2010.
Dr. Okraski’s specialty is working with individuals with maladaptive behaviors, social challenges and challenges obtaining functional life skills.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach used to understand behavior (anything we do or say). Behavior analysts use the principles of ABA to change behavior. With stakeholder input, behavior analysts can help discover what is triggering and/or maintaining a behavior, discover more appropriate replacement behaviors, and then set up a plan to teach those behaviors. Behavior analysts also develop comprehensive plans to help acquire new behaviors or increase skill acquisition.
Supports teams are built across environments with the support of a behavior analyst.