Wendy Knowles, M.S., BCBA, LMHC
Ms. Knowles, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state, has provided behavioral and language intervention for children with autism since 1996, with an emphasis on the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is one of the founding members of NBA, and has served as a Program Manager since NBA’s creation in 1999. Her experiences have included direct intervention for children with autism and related disorders in clinical, home, and group settings, family collaboration and training, and training home tutors in program implementation. She has collaborated extensively with both public and private schools in the area to improve data collection, the development of individualized motivational systems, inclusive programming curriculum modifications, and social skills training. She has also provided numerous individualized and group trainings for teachers and support staff in local school districts, and conducted many in-service training workshops for parents, community organizations, and related service providers.
In addition to her Program Manager duties, Ms. Knowles serves as the Counseling Supervisor for NBA, providing training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to NBA Program Managers and supervising CBT programs for NBA learners. Since July of 2014 Ms. Knowles has also served as the Behavior Specialist for the Potomac Center in Romney, West Virginia, a residential placement center for children with intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral issues. She worked with Potomac Center staff to redesign their program under the guidelines of applied behavior analysis, trained staff in the principles of ABA, and incorporated new emotional regulation and anger management CBT strategies into the programs. She personally designed the behavior plans, crisis plans, and skill acquisition programs for each resident, and designed a data reporting and monitoring system to continually assess progress across skills and maladaptive behaviors. Working with the Potomac Center team, Ms. Knowles helped the center to successfully regain full licensure and pioneer a model program.
Ms. Knowles graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Psychology from Lynn University, and has an MS in Counseling with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State, and an ABA Mental Health Professional under NBA’s DSHS licensure. Ms. Knowles is also a Microsoft Certified ABA Provider, a Medicaid Certified ABA Provider, and a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. She is also a member of the Washington Association for Behavior Analysis (WABA).
Ms. Knowles spent 5 years as the Assistant Coach of the Area 19 Special Olympics Team, 2 years providing aquatic therapy services in the APEC swimming program, and received awards for outstanding service in 1985 from the Special Olympics committee, in 1986 from King 5 Television, in 1988 from the Mayor of Auburn, and 1998 from FEAT of Washington, and in 2008 from Teachers – Teachers.com.