Kirsten Schaper has been in private practice as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Speech/Language Pathologist since 2016. She was an instructor at Southern Illinois University’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder for 12 years, with 7 of those as clinic director. She has trained extensively on autism diagnostic measures, achieving reliability certification on Modules 3 and 4 of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2. She is fluent in implementing naturalistic teaching and adult-led instruction methods, such as Discrete Trial Teaching and Naturalistic Environment Training. Kirsten is also proficient in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), the Early Start Denver Model, and Phonemic Restructuring of Oral Motor Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), and uses a variety of skills protocols (ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP, STARS). Her approach centers on teaching functional skills in activities that are enjoyable to the child, while incorporating developmental sequences and each family’s priorities.