What is Aloha?
Aloha stands for love, affection, peace, compassion and mercy, that is commonly used as a simple greeting but has a deeper cultural and spiritual significance to native Hawaiians, in which the term is used to define a force that holds together existence.
What Aloha means to us:
We define ALOHA as Autism Learning Offering a Holistic Approach.
We believe that telehealth offers the following benefits:
Maitri Shah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from Houston TX. She graduated with a Masters in Special Education from University of TX, Rio Grande Valley and pursued a certification in Behavior Analysis. Her journey into the world of neurodevelopmental disabilities began over a decade ago with the birth of her son. She learned Occupational, Physical, Behavioral, and Speech therapies to implement with her son due to his severe stranger anxiety. She worked diligently to help her son by equipping herself with knowledge through studying, researching, and attending numerous seminars. This intense experience motivated her to help make a difference in the lives of other children and their families, and give them the tools they need to enjoy the best that life has to offer. This journey has helped her learn the values of patience, perseverance, and love.
She manages her new role with the unique perspective of a parent and a professional in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities. She enjoys providing ongoing training to therapists, staff, and most importantly the parents to incorporate a twofold approach on skills and strategies to increase skills and reduce challenging behaviors. She enjoys training parents on the ABA principles so that the treatment can continue well beyond the clinic, into the home and community. She is overjoyed to hear success stories from parents about their experiences in the community that were difficult or not at all possible before. The most rewarding part of her job is seeing the clients’ progress in a fun, loving, nurturing, and a truly collaborative environment.
Maitri believes in early intervention and focuses her practice on individuals between the age ranges of 0-17 years. She has experience providing ABA therapy to children with developmental disabilities, primarily Autism Spectrum Disorders, in the home (via telehealth)and clinic settings. She has specific training and experience with teaching language (verbal behavior), communication, social, academic, and functional living skills, as well as reducing challenging behaviors. She also provides support, advocacy and training for Individualized Education Program (IEP) for special education in schools. She represents the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) within the school district and engages in training and collaborating with other parents for the best outcomes.
Her passion of ABA extends to helping others pass the BACB certification exam! She supervises and trains future BACB certificants (BCBA, BCaBA, and RBT). Her hobbies include listening to music, watching movies, and spending quality time with her family!
Maitri Shah, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA, Clinical Director
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