Rosa E. Patterson, MS, BCBA
Rosa Patterson has been in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis for over 20 years. Her training began under the direct education and training of Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas at U.C.L.A. where she received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology. She went on to receive her master of science in counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from California State University Fullerton. Ms. Patterson has also received a graduate certificate in behavior intervention for autism from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA).
Ms. Patterson began her teaching experience at UCLA as a head teaching assistant for Dr. Lovaas’ introduction to applied behavior analysis course. While under the direction of Dr. Lovaas she also served as a teaching assistant for 2 of the 3 courses he offered in autism and behavior intervention. Ms. Patterson was responsible for creating course materials, grading student work, being a guest lecturer, and also leading discussion groups. Ms. Patterson is currently an adjunct faculty member at National University in Costa Mesa California. She teaches courses in applied behavior analysis for both their school counseling/psychology programs and applied behavior analysis program. Ms. Patterson also teaches for the Orange County Department of Education where she is responsible for providing autism education to school district personnel for the required autism authorization mandated by the state of California.
Rosa Patterson continues to further her training in the field of autism in order to meet the diverse needs of each of the children she serves. She has attended workshops and trainings on subjects such as: Bullying and Autism, Picture Exchange and Communication System, SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, & Transactional Supports), Social Cognition (Michelle Garcia-Winner), Social Skills, TEACCH, and the Reading and Writing Program for visual learners. She has also been trained in the delivery of the ADOS assessment (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule).
Ms. Patterson has been a speaker at conferences for the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention, Cal-TASH, and the City of Irvine in California. She has spoken on the topics of autism, applied behavior analysis, and inclusion of children on the autism spectrum into general education settings.
In addition, Ms. Patterson is a council member on the Orange County Childcare and Development Planning Council and enjoys volunteering for Pretend City Museum’s autism committee in Irvine California. She is also a member of the Interagency Autism Group in Orange County.
Ms. Patterson has developed autism and ABA programs, provided services, and conducted trainings to families and professionals in California, Texas, and Mexico. She provides ongoing supervision to those pursuing their board certification as a BCaBA or BCBA. Ms. Patterson is fluent in both English and Spanish.
May Guevara pursued her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Communication Studies from Chapman University and later earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage in Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Upon graduation from Chapman, she was hired as a Montessori preschool teacher where she gained experience developing skill-based curriculum encompassing cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. May also worked as a school site counselor for the Orange County Department of Education ACCESS, where she conducted biopsychosocial assessments and provided individual therapy to at-risk and low socioeconomic adolescents.
In addition to her teaching and clinical experience, May has worked as a Behavior Interventionist with a local school district administering individualized ABA strategies to improve children’s academic, social, communication, motor, and adaptive skills.
May is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and has been working in the field of autism and ABA since 2009. May also received additional training in implementing positive behavioral strategies and behavioral intervention planning and received a certificate in Behavioral Analysis for Successfully Initiating Change (B.A.S.I.C.).
May was born and raised in Hawaii and moved to California for higher education and greater opportunities. She has always aspired to work with children in order to cultivate their strengths and discover their full potential. May has an especially strong passion for working with children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and she believes that fostering rapport, balanced support and positive encouragement are essential to each child’s success. She is excited to join the ABSI team and she is looking forward to continue working with children and families.
Natalie Taguchi-Solorio, MAEd, PPS, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Cal State University, Fullerton in 2006 and a Masters of Arts Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 2009. In 2009, upon the completion of her fieldwork hours, Natalie received a Pupil Personnel Services Credential and as a result became a credentialed school counselor.
From 2006 to the present, Natalie has worked one-on-one with children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders in clinical, home and school settings. Natalie is experienced in ABA, DTT, PECS and social skills training. Natalie has had additional experience and exposure to working with children with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, depression and social anxiety disorders.
In November 2011, Natalie joined Autism Behavior Services Inc. as a behavior therapist. Before joining the ABS team, Natalie was employed by school districts in the Orange and Los Angeles County areas, as well as, volunteering with a nonprofit organization which implemented social skills groups for low income families.
When Natalie is not working she can be found chasing after her toddler, scrapbooking or reading a great book.