Behavior Analysis Solutions Inc. is owned and operated by Matt Potak, MS. BCBA. He is the current president of the Bay Area Association for Behavior Analysis and has over 12 years of experience. He graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and completed his undergraduate work at the University of South Florida. His diverse background includes working with individuals with acquired and traumatic brain injury, developmental disorders, autism and sex offenders. Matt has a full range of experience that includes designing effective treatment programs for educational, vocational and residential programs. Matt also has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to state standards, regulations, and ensuring subsequent compliance such as experience as a co-chair of the Hillsborough Local Review Committee and Co-Instructor of the FIT BCBA Certification program.
Laura L. Kulikowski, MA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist
Laura Kulikowski is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with additional training as an Infant and Toddler Developmental Specialist. She has a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. For the last eight years, she has coached children, families and teachers with skill acquisition, behavior reduction, and verbal behavior programs in a variety of settings.
Laura has conducted and presented her research on implementation of behavioral strategies in preschool settings, clinics, and by family members at the local, state and national conferences.
Laura is accepting new clients in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties. She is available to teach the following training programs:
Professional Crisis Management Practitioner Certification
PCM is an advanced system of crisis management. PCM focuses primarily on prevention before a crisis occurs. PCM includes Crisis Prevention, Crisis De-escalation, Crisis Intervention, and Post-Crisis Intervention components. PCM utilizes "hands on" competency-based training and written tests to certify that individuals who receive instruction in PCM reach the highest level of skill acquisition.
Helping Our Toddlers, Developing Our Children’s Skills
The backbone of this program is to teach caregivers a problem-solving method to figure out the function or the "why" of children’s problem behaviors. Once we figure out the "why" we can teach specific prevention strategies and techniques for modifying the consequences of a child's behavior to either strengthen or weaken the behavior. Another of the main strategies is to help adults realize that a lot of the time children use problem behaviors because they don't have the skills or know how to do more appropriate behaviors. So our job as adults is to specifically TEACH kids the behaviors we want them to do, just like we would with a sport or an academic skill, most children need to be taught behaviors like waiting and sharing.
My Smart Hands
In a playful, educational and language-rich environment, caregivers and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through instruction, interactive games and songs. Participants will learn recommended first signs; we will discuss the benefits of using ASL with infants and demonstrate easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life. Some of the ASL vocabulary covered for this age group includes: everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs.
Shannon Monahan, B.S., BCaBA
Shannon earned her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Troy University in July of 2008. She met the BCaBA’s instructional requirements by completing the Florida Institute of Technology’s online course series in June of 2012. She has 4 years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities and their families. Prior to graduation she worked in an adult training facility as a skills trainer and a case manager. She also worked as a behavior assistant and also as an intern at Hillsborough Association for Retarded Citizens. She is excited and motivated to improve the lives of others.
Amy Ayres, M.S., BCBA
Amy received a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis and Performance Management from the Florida State University in 2003. Following undergraduate study, Amy received a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2005. With ten years experience working in the field of ABA, Amy has worked with children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disorders, cerebral palsy, ADHD and dual diagnoses. Amy specializes in the functional assessment and treatment of severe behavior problems such as self – injurious behavior, physical aggression, property destruction, verbal aggression/disruption, inappropriate sexual behavior, and self-stimulatory behavior. Additional areas of interest include early intervention and verbal behavior training. Amy has provided oversight to BCaBAs, behavior assistants, and behavior focus group homes. Additionally, she has provided training and certification for behavior assistants and has served as a member of the Local Review Committee, a peer review panel for the approval of Behavior Analysis Services Plan for individuals receiving behavior analysis services through the Medicaid Waiver. Amy continues to attend conferences and continuing education seminars in order to stay current with regard to the latest ABA research and interventions.