Amberly Caballero is the Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Elevated Kids. Amberly oversees the clinical direction and vision of the company and provides ongoing clinical training, coaching, and supervision to clinical teams across PA, NJ, and NY. Amberly is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS) who has provided developmental and behavioral intervention services for over 19 years. Amberly received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Rowan University in 2003. Immediately after receiving her degree, Amberly began her career working as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist for the Elwyn HEART program in Philadelphia, which ignited her passion for working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Amberly received her Master’s Degree in Science of Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Temple University in 2009. Throughout her graduate education, Amberly received mentorship from professors and experts in the field of ASD and ABA and obtained a position as a Research Assistant on a large national research study at The Center for Management of ADHD at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Advancing her love of research, Amberly designed a novel social skills intervention for her Master’s thesis entitled Evaluation of the Effects of Social Cue Cards for Preschool Age Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), which was later published in the Journal of Behavior Assessment and Intervention in Children in 2010 (Caballero A, Connell JE (2010). Evaluation of the effects of social cue cards for preschool age children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Journal of Behavior Assessment and Intervention in Children, 1, 25-42).
Upon receiving her Master’s Degree, Amberly underwent significant training and supervision as a Behavior Specialist Consultant and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2011, working primarily with children diagnosed with ASD in both the home and community settings. Amberly also obtained a position as the BCBA substitute for Perkiomen Valley School District, providing social skills intervention with elementary, middle, and high school students diagnosed with Learning and/or Emotional Disorders, ASD, and ADHD. In addition, Amberly continued to work as a Behavior Consultant providing Functional Behavior Assessments and designing Behavior Intervention Plans for families and school staff.
Additionally, in 2011, Amberly began a position as ASD Supervisor for an Early Intervention agency providing community-based services to children ages 0-3 in Philadelphia. With this position, Amberly gained distinct inspiration performing Developmental Behavior Assessments with babies as young as 12 months of age, evaluating delays in the areas of communication, cognition, play, social-emotional, physical, and adaptive skills, and recommending appropriate services and supports for the family. Recognizing the specific mental health needs of families across Philadelphia, Amberly received post-graduate clinical training and certification in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) from Widener University in 2013. With this certification, Amberly began additional work as an Infant and Toddler Social-Emotional (ITSE) Coordinator working directly with children and families to support social-emotional learning objectives, as well as coordinating meaningful and appropriate mental health resources and supports.
Amberly continued her post-graduate education by obtaining a post-baccalaureate premedical certification from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2016 with the objective to integrate her medical science background with her background in psychology, education, behavior, and development, to identify the varying risk factors, onset symptoms, and early identification of ASD and subsequently recommend the most appropriate services and supports for families. In evaluating and treating children as young as 12 months of age, identifying onset symptoms of ASD and the subsequent start of early intervention services, Amberly has seen first-hand the maximum effects on children's developmental progress when intervention begins at the onset of developmental delays, and when the symptoms of ASD first begin to emerge. Amberly received training in Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention (NDBI), including Project ImPACT (evidence-based NDBI program and parent coaching curriculum), and clinical diagnostic training at the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition) to evaluate ASD and help provide an accurate diagnosis so that families can access appropriate early intervention services without delay. Recognizing the significant need for developmentally appropriate and effective intervention for toddlers and young children with ASD, Amberly started her own organization, Elevated Kids, in 2018 to provide the highest quality, most effective, evidence-based treatment available for families.