Claudio Rodriguez currently serves as the Clinical Director for Social Connections Learning Center.
He brings over 20 years of experience working with children with ASD and their families in the field of ABA helping individuals who need various levels of support.
Claudio’s knowledge comes through many years of experience, as well as mentoring from renowned experts in Applied Behavior Analysis. He believes in the importance of empowering families to help their children reach their full potential. He works closely with families to provide the necessary training, so that they can feel confident in supporting their children. Throughout his career he has worked in various settings such as homes, schools, communities and clinical settings, and has extensive experience in helping clients transition to public or private schools.
Claudio believes in a therapeutic approach that is individualized, structured yet flexible.
He believes in creating curriculums and goals that are meaningful for each client and address their core deficits. Claudio believes in creating programs that have a real impact on clients' daily lives with emphasis on developing independence and working towards helping each individual reach their fullest potential.
With his extensive experience, Claudio is equipped with expertise in skills required for working with families from diverse cultures and backgrounds. His cultural awareness enables him to effectively assist a wide range of clients and their families.
Additionally, his proficiency in Spanish enhances his ability to connect with a diverse range of families and their children.
BRITTANY J. HILLHOUSE
Brittany Hillhouse serves as the Director of Research at Social Connections Learning Center. She has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in both the clinical, school, community and home settings for over 13 years.
Brittany is a behavior analyst, and Texas certified teacher.
She is a passionate professional who is driven by the progress of the clients in which she works with. She is devoted to the field of ABA and passionate about increasing the standards, and qualifications regarding direct application of treatment using in the moment decisions based on the learners needs. Brittany has experience working in District School Programs including involvement in specific Autism District Programs, and in-class support consultation. Brittany has presented to other school districts on using ABA principles in the classroom and ways to collect useful data. School districts have visited Social Connections to observe and consult regarding the application of assessment, transition program goals, and the structured teaching schedule, and daily applications of programming. Helping children reach their fullest potential and actively planning for transition to the natural environment is an important and critical component when planning for generalization and overall success. Brittany believes that one on one is a means to an end, but it is critical for skill building while working to build social reinforcers and ways to maintain behaviors in the transition environment. Brittany’s experience working directly in the school district and district Autism Programs along with her mentorship and training from leaders in the field of ABA has contributed to the development and whole child transition program approach implemented at Social Connections. Brittany continues to seek ways to enhance the field with strategies and effective research regarding quality intervention, including evaluating current standards. Social Connections utilizes in-the-moment teaching strategies, while placing high emphasis on creative and innovative programming to ensure the learner is constantly progressing. Working with the Autism population and their families to help create meaningful learning experiences and help all those at Social Connections reach their fullest potential fulfills a huge part of Brittanys desire as a professional.
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