Jonathan began his career in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism Intervention in 2004, moving from Davis, CA to Chico, CA in 2007 to run a branch of a Sacramento based company. He has since made Chico a home for his growing family and a place he will never forget for giving him the opportunity to meet and marry his lovely wife and follow his passion for child development and psychology. His experience has included direct therapy with children and adolescents afflicted with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Emotionally Disturbed, and Intellectually Handicapped in home and school environments. He began Family First to provide a unique approach to child development and family therapy that is inclusive and supportive, and to shed a light on an often mysterious and strenuous task of raising a child with a special need.
Jonathan McCabe M.A. / B.C.B.A.
David has worked in the field of Autism and ABA since 2006, providing intervention, consultation and training to children and adolescents diagnosed on the Autism spectrum and their families, including individuals diagnosed with additional disorders such as Rett syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. David’s experience includes extensive intervention in the home and community setting, as well as case management, program design and development, and clinical supervision overseeing multiple programs while mentoring staff and families to better support and achieves their goals. His time in the field has included leadership programs, and extensive professional development and administrative training. A graduate of California State University, Chico, David has called the Northstate home since moving to the area in 1995. He lives in Chico with his wife and two highly energetic sons.
David Charlon M.A.
Jonathan Schneider M.A.
Patty Stauss M.A.
In 1985, Patty started her career in the field of Special Education working with children, adolescents, and adults with various disabilities. Her experience involves conducting educational and behavioral services in family’s homes, elementary school and college environments, as well as in the community setting. Patty specializes in providing individuals with the knowledge of learning how to incorporate their strengths within their day-to-day activities. She also offers families the guidance, strategies, and knowledge of learning how to grow as a family unit. Patty has a Masters Degree in Education/Special Education and a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. She completed her coursework through California State University Chico, California State University Sacramento and National University located in Sacramento. Patty has decided to uproot from the big city of Sacramento, CA to return to her “old stomping grounds" in Chico, CA.
Jonathan began working in the field of Autism Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2009. He has worked towards helping children achieve new skills in an effort to encourage their personal independence and sociability. Jonathan has also made it a priority to share his knowledge of behavioral principles with family members and caregivers so that, when he leaves their home, they feel empowered and capable of leading their children to learn and develop. He is passionate about helping others visualize and achieve their goals, which is why he was initially drawn to the field of Psychology. A graduate of California State University, Chico, Jonathan earned his Master’s degree in Psychology in 2011. He currently lives with his wife in Chico, CA where they spend their leisure time enjoying the outdoors, traveling, and creating new memories with family and friends.
Asuncion decided to study Child Development In 2004 after becoming a mother of two premature children. She fell in love with the field and began to volunteer in Southern, CA public schools while also attending school herself. In 2007 she moved to Reno, NV in order to take a position as a Teacher's Assistant/Spanish Teacher. She returned to Northern CA in 2008 and spent the next four years working with adults with developmental disabilities and challenging maladaptive and physical traumatic behaiviors. The emphasis was on promoting socialization and intellectual growth in the homes, as well as in the community setting. In 2012, her dream of teaching children with Autism in a therapeutic setting became a reality when she was became a tutor for Advance Kids. When Advance Kids closed thier doors in 2013, Asuncion accpeted a position as translator for Family First, where she is able to continue to work with children and their families while also completing her educational objectives.
Keith Bussey M.A. / B.C.B.A.
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Tamara Fowler M.A.
Mike Kieran B.A.
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Andrea Santos B.S.
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Family First is a local company with strong ties to the North State community, created by partners with nearly twenty years of combined experience helping children with developmental disabilities. Together, we've developed a new and innovative approach to in-home intervention that we are very excited to share.
We chose the name Family First because it not only speaks to our core philosophy it is also the basis for our model of intervention; a model that empowers families to be the first and most important teachers in their child's life. This model, which emphasizes collaboration between the parent, therapist and child, has emerged in recent years as an alternative to the unnecessarily complex, "tiered" system of intervention that has been widely implemented over the past three decades. Our experience has been extremely positive, and recent research bears this out. But research and anecdotes aside, we feel the logic and simplicity of a program that puts children's development back in the hands of their families speaks for itself.
The Family First Model
We've learned a lot over the past decade working with children and families in the home. Specifically, we
have learned that the success or failure of any intervention ultimately depends as much on what therapists teach in the home as on the family’s ability to continue that instruction after we leave. This is an absolutely critical point, which the prevailing model of intervention has largely overlooked. It has become commonplace in our field to employ minimally qualified staff to administer intervention to children diagnosed with Autism and other developmental delays. Because these tutors are generally unskilled, they require substantial training, resources and ongoing supervision to do a job that most families could easily do themselves, and for which they are just as qualified. Ultimately, it is the families that fail to receive the essential training and guidance they need.
For this reason, we made the developmentally appropriate decision to take the skills, knowledge and proven techniques we've used to help hundreds of clients over the years and put them in the hands of those who are in the best position to use them: the families. Our passion to develop an intervention that is simple, effective and parent driven led us to create the Family First Model. It's an approach to in-home intervention based on a simple premise: teach parents to become skilled facilitators of their child’s development, and instead of receiving a few hours of intervention a week from a relative stranger, that child will receive many hours of instruction each day from their own family members. What’s more, that instruction will occur in the moment, in a natural context that is relevant to both parent and child. The end result is a program that allows children to learn more effectively in a shorter period of time, lessening the need for extensive, outside intervention.
Our company works with people of all ages and abilities from infancy into adulthood. In addition, every program is administered by a single, highly qualified development coach who is responsible for all aspects of the program, and all of our coaches are degreed, established professionals with years of experience in the field. We are excited for the opportunity to bring this new approach to families in the North State and we look forward to working with you!
Join our team!
Interested in a career with Family First? We are a growing company with a strong reputation for excellence and quality services. To find out more about career opportunities with Family First check out our career page where you can fill our our online application and submit a resume directly to us. Or simply drop us an email. We'd love to hear from you.
A local, non-profit family advocacy group founded and operated by parents. Offers support, education and advocacy for families of children with disabilities. All services are free to families of children with special needs.
Far Northern Regional Center is a fixed point of referral for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
FNRC coordinates community resources such as education, recreation, health, rehabilitation and welfare for individuals with developmental disabilities.