Certified Autism Center

A.L.L.E.N. Inc. has undergone training to earn its certification of Autism Center through IBCCES.  We are so proud to be the first organization in California to undergo this training for its staff, and  to earn the designation of Certified Autism Center.

This designation means that at least 80% of the A.L.L.E.N staff have participated in rigorous training. Initial training includes 25 hours of Applied Behavioral Analysis, Behavior Management, HIPPA, Clients Rights and Special Educator content. 

Ongoing and Annual training is provided to all staff members. In addition to behavior based content all staff are required to participate in a four day Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) training.

Certified Autism Center Requirements and Promise

We are dedicated to serving individuals with autism.

At least 80% of our staff are trained and certified in the field of Autism.

We maintain compliance with National Healthcare/Education Accreditation standards.

We are committed to ongoing training in autism.

We comply with HIPPA and ADA requirements.


Why we decided Certification is Needed

1:68 kids diagnosed (CDC)

600% increase in Autism diagnosis (last 10 years)

Increased demand by parents

Lack of relevant skills among current licensed professionals and caregivers

Litigation around Autism

Bridges the gap between formal college education and what is needed in workforce

Rapidly changing research requires constant skill assessment and training

                                      - IBCCES

Leadership Team

Kristina Czapkay M.Ed, CAS Executive Director

Kristina Czapkay has been working with children since 2001, including direct work with children who have had a variety of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, and visual impairments. Experiences have included work as an in home Special Needs Nanny, and extensive work as an ABA Therapist, Program Supervisor, Case Consultant, and Site Supervisor.  She has developed and successfully sustained Behavior Embedded Classroom Programs in partnership with SJUSD. She holds a B.A. in Communicative Disorders,  a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education,  is a Certified Autism Specialist, as well as a Reiki Master Teacher. Kristina's number one passion is creating quality programs for clients by improving the fidelity of program design, program oversight,  and staff training

Amy Erta M/S P, CAS Director of Quality & Outcomes

Amy Erta has been working with children for over fifteen years, including direct work with both, children, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Angelman Syndrome, hearing impairments, and visual impairments. Experiences have included work as a respite services provider, preschool Behavioral Aide, 1:1 Paraprofessional for an Adult Vocational Program, Behavior Therapist for an afterschool Socialization/Community Outing program, and extensive work as an ABA Therapist, Program Supervisor, and Case Consultant. She holds a B.A. in Human Development, a M.S. in Behavior Psychology, and is a Level Two Reiki Therapist. Amy’s special areas of interest include community based learning and outings, socialization groups, and community outreach.

Arlene Hoyt CAS and TCI Trainer Director of Behavior Services

Arlene Hoyt has been working with children with a variety of special needs since 1999, including direct work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome. Along the way she has both thoroughly enjoyed and learned much from her experiences as a 1:1 Paraprofessional in general education classrooms and a Behavior Therapist in both home and school settings utilizing ABA, DTT, Verbal Behavior, and SCERTS Model techniques. Her leadership experience includes being an Early Intervention Home Program Supervisor, a Social Skills Group Leader for an after school ABA program, and a Professional Development Trainer for staff in Behavior Embedded Classroom Programs in partnership with SJUSD. She completed her undergraduate work in Psychology and her graduate work in Developmental Psychology. She is a Certified Autism Specialist and a certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) Trainer​​.

Shannon Heidemann MAT, CAS Manager of Behavior Services

Since beginning in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2002, Shannon’s passion has been to empower the students/clients she serves, by helping to assist them with their education or in-home program, so that it will be truly individualized and effectively implemented to meet their educational/behavioral needs. It was due to this passion that she quickly worked her way up from Tutor to Lead Tutor and then to Behavior Consultant for a Non-Public Agency (NPA) in Sacramento, CA. She expanded and refined her skills through working at two other NPA’s in the Sacramento area before opening her own Behavior/Education Consulting firm. Over the past 15 years, she has delivered services across different settings including home, school and the community.

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Shannon’s areas of expertise consist of providing behavior support and training to parents and NPA/district staff, supervising a clinical center based program for preschoolers, applying/creating curriculum modifications, writing Functional Behavior Assessment/Behavior Intervention Plans and implementing ABA programs (including PRT, DTT, Denver model, SCERTS, etc.) to numerous children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as to an array of  individuals with other developmental disabilities. During her time with the Non-Public agencies, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Teaching with a specialization in Autism and in June 2010, she completed her coursework for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst program.

Travonne Jackson M.Ed, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) Trainer

We look forward to sharing a bit about Tre in the near future.