School Readiness Program-Clinical Services

Description: This Program is designed for young children that are displaying emerging or mild problem behavior. The aim of this program is to support young children in the development of specific skills that will allow them to succeed in traditional educational settings and prevent more serious problem behavior from emerging. This program utilizes the Preschool Life Skills (PLS) curriculum where the following skills build upon one another as the child masters skills: instruction following, functional communication, tolerance, and friendship. The physical environment in which children participate in this program is reflective of typical preschool environments that include specific areas such as: a circle time, art, pretend play, reading/calming corner, snack/lunch table and motor rooms. Registers Behavior Technicians (RBT) support the implementation of this program under the direct supervision of BCBAs. Throughout this process we are learning directly from your child and advancements of skills are based entirely on their performance.

Thus, a specific timeline of this program is determined by your child’s progress and unique needs. When mastery of specific skills is achieved, the treatment team works to support generalization of these acquired skills in the home, school and community settings. Throughout this program, families are provided with frequent progress reports by their BCBA and participate in parent/caregiver training opportunities.

Who: Children ages 2-6 with autism spectrum disorder or other related developmental disorders

When: Enrollment requires a minimum attendance of 3 days a week, 3 hours each day: Block A 8:30-11:30 or Block B 12:30-3:30

Where: Elevation Ability Services-Clinic (add in Rice Address)

Intensive Early Intervention Program-Clinical Services

Description: This Program is designed for young children that are displaying more concerning behavioral problems. The aim of this program is to reduce/eliminate moderate to severe problem behavior that is impacting the child’s ability to live the highest quality of life. The principles and methods utilized within this program are from Skill-Based Treatment (SBT). SBT first begins with the implementation of a Practical Functional Assessment. The assessment process first begins with an interview with caretakers to learn more about the situations in which problem behaviors occur as well as other important factors of your child’s life. A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) then designs a safe and brief assessment that first starts with establishing the circumstances in which problem behavior is not present. Within this step of the process, top priorities are to establish trust and rapport all while promoting safety and dignity for your child.

Once we have achieved this crucial step, we design evocative situations that set the stage for teaching communication, tolerance and conceptually appropriate behaviors. Registers Behavior Technicians (RBT) support this implementation of this program under the direct supervision of BCBAs. Throughout this process we are learning directly from your child and advancements of skills are based entirely on their performance. Thus, a specific timeline of this program is determined by your child’s progress and unique needs. When mastery of specific skills is achieved, the treatment team works to support generalization of these acquired skills in the home, school and community settings. Throughout this program, families are provided with frequent progress reports by their BCBA and participate in parent/caregiver training opportunities.

Who: Children ages 2-6 with autism spectrum disorder or other related developmental disorders

When: Enrollment requires a minimum attendance of 5 days a week, 3 hours each day: Block A 8:30-11:30 or Block B 12:30-3:30

Where: Elevation Ability Services-Clinic  (add in Rice Address)

Our EARLY INTERVENTION CLINICAL SERVICES Team

Keelee Burtch, PhD BCBA

Keelee Burtch, PhD BCBA

Executive Director

Dr. Burtch has been in the field of developmental disabilities for over eighteen years, she has a Masters of Arts in Special Education, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education and Child Development, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Dr. Burtch spent the first seven years of her career in public schools as a special education teacher, autism specialist, and eventually a district special education administrator. She eventually left public education for higher education where she was an Associate Professor of Special Education.

She wrote and developed a four-course certificate program in autism intervention strategies for teachers. Dr. Burtch opened a private practice in 2008 that focused on in-home behavioral therapy for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The practice grew throughout Colorado and was acquired in 2011 by a national behavioral health organization where she remained the Regional Operations Director until 2012 when she accepted a leadership position at a local non-profit. After four years in non-profit management, her entrepreneur spirit was ready to venture into private practice again. She dreamed of providing quality behavioral services as well as education support for people with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Burtch is a member of Association of Behavioral Analysis International (ABAI), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Four Corners Association of Behavioral Analysis, and Colorado Applied Behavioral Analysis Association (COABA). Dr. Burtch is a past treasurer of the Colorado Coalition of Autism Professionals (COCAP). Her research area is in the supervision of paraprofessionals working with people with developmental disabilities, language development for children with autism, as well as organizational behavior management. Dr. Burtch has three sons. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, golfing, skiing, watching football, and working out at Orange Theory.

Jessica Low, MA BCBA

Jessica Low, MA BCBA

Executive Clinical Director

Jessica began working with children with developmental disabilities in 2001 as a paraprofessional in the public education system. While working in the public education system, she began providing in-home therapy and community based services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities through a local community center board.

Jessica completed her Bachelor’s of Arts with a Special Education Teaching Licensure in 2009 from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Jessica taught early elementary (K-3rd grade) students in a day treatment facility and also provided behavior consultation services (all grade levels) within the school district she taught. In 2011, Jessica pursued her Masters in Early Childhood Education and Development and BCBA licensure at the University of Colorado Denver. At this time, she also left teaching and began working full time providing direct in-home ABA services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. In 2013, Jessica obtained her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and completed her BCBA course work. In 2014, Jessica completed her Board Certification and licensing process to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) as well as the requirements to be a supervisor in the field.

Jessica’s areas of expertise are in developing and implementing individualized and effective treatment plans that address socially significant behaviors, including those behaviors that present with risk of harm. Jessica has over 10 years of experience working directly with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in a variety of settings (i.e. educational settings, home, community and clinic). Jessica has worked with children as young as one all the way up to middle age adults. Jessica is committed to improving the quality of life for the individuals she has the privilege to serve. Jessica is married to a math teacher, and has two sons who she loves spending time with.

Kendra Schultz, MA, BCBA

Kendra Schultz, MA, BCBA

Behavior Analyst

Kendra began working with children with disabilities in 2009, as a Special Education Teacher for New York City Public Schools in Harlem, NY. While working as a teacher, she pursued her Master’s degree in Behavior Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis at Hunter College in Manhattan, where she worked toward her BCBA licensure. She moved to Colorado in 2016, and began working as a BCBA, where she worked with children as young as two to adults as young as fifty-seven. Through her in-home work with clients and families, Kendra rediscovered her passion for working with school-aged students, and decided to go back into public school, where she worked in a self-contained classroom serving students with Serious Emotional Disabilities. She is excited to combine her educational and behavioral skills at Elevation, and to work hard to support her clients and families in all of their endeavors. In her free time, Kendra enjoys spending time in the mountains, climbing, and traveling with her husband, Ian, and rescue dog, Riggins. Kendra and Ian recently welcomed a baby boy, Austin.

Madison Holmes, MS, BCBA

Madison Holmes, MS, BCBA

Behavior Analyst

Madison has worked with individuals with developmental delays since 2008 through either volunteer work or ABA. Her passion for the world of special needs was truly ignited when she worked with her school’s Special Ed department, in particular during their art class period and when she aided their exhibition for their very own pop-up gallery. Ever since then, she has worked with a variety of individuals from Early Education to High School ages, through either in home, clinic, or community services, while also working on the educational team at EAS. In 2016, she moved from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Denver, CO while also receiving her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. Once she was introduced to the field of ABA, she quickly began her Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology online. In 2020, Madison received her M.S. and became a licensed BCBA. She loves helping others and aiding them to reach their highest potential. Outside of work and school, Madison enjoys time with her family and friends, anything art related, yoga, climbing, mountains, and spending time with her rescue pup and cat.