Elena Zaklis M.A., BCBA, LBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been working in the field of special education for over 20 years. She started her career at The Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) at Rutgers University. While at the DDDC she worked as a Training Coordinator at Douglass Outreach. In 2015, she joined a psychology practice Behavior Therapy Associates in Somerset NJ. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Rutgers College at Rutgers University and earned her graduate degree (M.A.) in Education from Rider University.
Elena has experience in consulting to public schools, private organizations collaborating with professional staff, and families. She works with school personal to help develop a culture and climate that promotes social emotional learning in all classrooms. Elena, develops, and monitors curriculum for educational programming. She conducts functional behavioral assessments, program evaluations and works with teams to develop behavior intervention plans for individual students. Elena facilitates social skills groups for children, teens, and groups for girls that focus specifically on issues that girls deal with. She also leads parent training groups and works with families individually. She leads training sessions for administrators, school personnel and parents using behavioral skills training procedures and provides paraprofessionals training to obtain their RBT certificate.
She has presented at workshops and state conferences regarding recent advances in the area of social emotional learning, behavior management techniques, social skills, parent training and classroom management techniques. She has also written several journal articles and blogs. One of her goals is to provide support for young women with autism spectrum disorders in their school settings, community settings and college settings.