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The Full Story

The Autism Center

They say the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, given the size of its wings with respect to its body.  But in reality, this isn't true.  Bumblebees can and do fly all the time.  You may have heard someone tell you your child will never be able to do something, but we're here to tell you that isn't necessarily so.  We're here to support you and your family in empowering your child to reach new heights.

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Autism Dad playing with autistic child in Rock Falls, IL

Diagnosis

When parents learn their child has autism, this often leaves unanswered questions.  Will my child ever be independent?  Can they have a good and happy life? 

Support

While it presents unique circumstances for families, autism is not a death sentence. The Autism Center is here to equip you and your family with the tools you need to improve your child's quality of life.

Autism Mom engaging in sociodramatic play with her child in Dixon, IL during ABA therapy caregiver training
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) providing one-to-one direct in-home ABA autism treatment to a toddler
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) providing one-to-one direct in-home ABA autism treatment to a toddler

Treatment

We focus on functional skills such as communication, emotional regulation, independence in school, and more.  Our services also target maladaptive behavior for decrease and replace these behaviors with appropriate, pro-social behaviors that meet the same wants and needs.

Collaboration

The Autism Center is unique in its emphasis on well-rounded healthcare.  Collaboration with outside professionals can look different depending on the individual and provider, but this can look like adapting sessions to support other therapies or providing behavioral data of the symptoms treated by psychotropic medications.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) collaborating with parents and healthcare professionals in Dixon, IL to provide well-rounded care to children with autism in Sauk Valley

Meet our Clinicians

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in Dixon, IL 61021 Sarah Lewis, M.Ed., BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Sarah Lewis, M.Ed., BCBA

With over a decade of working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, Sarah received her Masters in Education from Western Governors University and completed her Applied Behavior Analysis coursework at the Florida Institute of Technology.  She is a Ph.D. candidate at Capella University with a major in Psychology and a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Beyond autism, Sarah works with individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, fragile X, down syndrome, ADHD, OCD, anxiety,  depression, and more. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys playing board games, visiting museums, and hanging out with her three children.  As a Sauk Valley native, Sarah enjoys giving back to her community in impactful ways such as supporting local families impacted by autism spectrum disorder.

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Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Calandra Vasquez, M.S., BCBA

Calandra received her master's in Applied Behavior Analysis from Aurora University back in 2017 and became a BCBA in 2019. She has a variety of experience working with children from 3 to 17 years old, caregiver training, and collaborating with school teams. Calandra grew up in the Sauk Valley area and is very excited to be back to support hometown community. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and staying active. 

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Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Jenny Pan, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Jenny is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology
with a specialization in applied behavior analysis from The Chicago School of Professional
Psychology. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University and is
a licensed/practicing Behavior Analyst in the state of Michigan. Her professional interest is
delivering high-quality, culturally-competent ABA services to children and their families. When
she is not at work, you can find her spending time with her family, traveling and trying new
foods.

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Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kristina Asen, M.S., BCBA

Kristy has been working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder for over 10 years. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine with her Masters in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has experience with children on the spectrum, as well as children diagnosed with ADHD, OCD, Fragile X syndrome, PANDAS, and more. Kristy is passionate about teaching and employing empathy, and helping children increase their functional communication. Outside of work, Kristy loves making memories with her loving husband and three daughters. Having fun family time, one game of Hungry Hungry Hippos at a time.

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Clinical Manager

Samantha Vancil-Dailey

Samantha Vancil-Dailey is a clinical manager and technician at the Autism Center of Sauk Valley. She has been actively working in mental health for 10 years,  providing support for people with physical and neurodevelopmental delays.  She is passionate, experienced, and thoroughly understands how important early intervention is for children on the autism spectrum.  Outside of working, Samantha loves being creative. Her work is often showcased in various DIY home projects, woodworking, and event decorating. Beyond that, Samantha says her favorite way to fill her cup is by getting outside with her dogs, spending time with her family, and having weekly game nights with her life long friends.

Get in Touch

Autism Center of Sauk Valley, LLC

Dixon, Illinois 61021

(815) 440-6134

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