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Linda Jones-Oleson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Services

  • Speech-language evaluations and therapy
  • Literacy (reading) evaluations, tutoring, and instruction
  • Specialized language instruction for people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing using speech, sign language and text

Biography

Linda joined ACES in 2012 and has enjoyed being able to use her wide experience and expertise to provide clinical and support services to children and adults with complex communication challenges. Jones-Oleson has been a speech-language pathologist since 1980 and worked with children and teens at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind for almost twenty years, where she also gained proficiency in and a love for American Sign Language. She has also worked with teens and adults with brain injuries at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and continues to work in neurogenic disorders with older adults at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center. Linda’s clinical interests cover all aspects of learning and communication across the lifespan with special consideration for the contribution of motor processes (movement) to language development and use. Linda is a certified See-the-sound Visual Phonics practitioner and trainer. Linda has also been an adjunct instructor and clinical supervisor for James Madison University and Gallaudet University and has taught graduate level course in autism, ASL, neuroanatomy and neurogenic communication disorders.

Linda is also interested in and experienced with the challenges of raising and educating children with autism. She schooled her own son who has autism. He is now 25 years old and an avid reader and Internet movie database explorer.

Education

  • B.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Madison College, 1976
  • M.S. Speech-Language Pathology, James Madison University, 1980

Certificates and Memberships

  • Member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence

Kimberly Lemite, Ph.D., NCSP

Licensed School Psychologist

Services

  • Educational testing for accommodations on standardized testing (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.
  • Assessments for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition, ADOS-2)

Biography

Dr. Lemite joined ACES in 2013, working with children, adolescents, and young adults who have learning, attention, and communication problems. Dr. Lemite has particular expertise in the cognitive and academic development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She can assist parents in navigating through the special education system, school based intervention teams, and Section 504-plans for accommodations.

Dr. Lemite has been a School Psychologist with Chesterfield County Public Schools since 2008. From 2004 – 2008, Dr. Lemite worked as a School Psychologist with the Henrico County Public Schools. Dr. Lemite is a member of the Virginia Network of Consultants (VNOC) supporting local school divisions with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  As a VNOC consultant, Dr. Lemite provides psychological assessments to students who are deaf or hard of hearing throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and is also available for staff training and consultation with school psychologists.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology and Education, College of New Rochelle, 1989
  • M.A., Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Hofstra University, 1992
  • Ph.D., School Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2003

Certifications and Memberships

  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Lisa Locke-Downer, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns
  • Educational testing for accommodations on standardized testing (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.

Biography

Dr. Locke-Downer joined ACES in 2014 and enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns. She uses a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach, with family and school consultation as important treatment components. Consultation with physicians, psychiatrists, and other treatment providers is also welcomed. In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Locke-Downer offers psychological evaluations to determine level of cognitive, academic, and social-emotional functioning. She is available for appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Dr. Locke-Downer has been a practicing clinical psychologist since 2003, when she joined the faculty in the Clinical and School Psychology Program in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Locke-Downer became Director of the Curry School’s Center for Clinical Psychology Services, the training clinic for doctoral students in the Clinical and School Psychology program. Over the course of eleven years, Dr. Locke-Downer’s work included supervising doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in psychological assessment and psychotherapy, teaching clinical seminars, and working with clients for assessment and therapy. Dr. Locke-Downer continues to be affiliated with the clinic as a supervisor of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University, 1996
  • Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, University of South Carolina, 2002
  • Predoctoral Internship, Medical College of Virginia’s Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) 2001-02.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, 2002-03.

Certifications and Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Rebecca Plesko-DuBois, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.
  • Assessments for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition, ADOS-2)
  • Multi-Disciplinary Team Assessments
  • Educational testing for accommodations for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Consultation for complex diagnosis, developmental issues, and treatment planning

Biography

Dr. Plesko-DuBois established Blue Ridge Psychological Services, PLC in August of 2010 in order to provide comprehensive assessments to children, adolescents, and young adults. In 2013, Blue Ridge Psychological Services, PLC expanded into Aligned Clinical & Educational Services, PLC in Crozet, Virginia to offer a wider range of multi-disciplinary and collaborative clinical services.

Dr. Plesko-DuBois worked at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, VA from 2002 – 2011 in various roles. She served as the school psychologist from 2002-2009, providing comprehensive assessments, clinical supervision, consultation for program development and data analysis, as well as group or individual counseling. Dr. Plesko-DuBois was the Director of Clinical and Educational Supports during the 2009-2010 academic year, supervising the delivery of all clinically related services, the behavior management team, transition services, school counseling and specialized health care planning. From 2010 – 11, Dr. Plesko-DuBois worked as a part-time psychologist assisting with the admissions process and the VSDB Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project.

Since 2004, Dr. Plesko-DuBois has been a member of the Virginia Network of Consultants (VNOC) supporting local school divisions with services for their students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  VNOC was created by the Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health, and the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Plesko-DuBois has also enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She taught psychopathology to graduate students in counseling and clinical psychology. In the past, she has also worked at the Center for Clinical Psychology completing comprehensive psychological assessments.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Biology Minor, Wake Forest , 1995
  • M.A., General & Experimental Psychology, The College of William & Mary, 1997
  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology sponsored by The College of William & Mary, The Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University, 2002
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) at the Medical College of Virginia, 2003

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Psychological Association

Shannon Price, M.A.

Early Childhood Special Educator

Services

  • Home-based consulting and educational programming
  • Community-based consulting and IEP development support
  • Individual and small group instruction
  • Assessment, planning, and implementation of a DIRFloortime® Program

Biography

Shannon joined ACES in 2017. Shannon began her career while still an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, working as a paraprofessional to implement an in-home Applied Behavior Analysis program.  Upon graduation, Shannon worked as an infant educator supporting early child development through a coaching model at the local Early Intervention Program. Next, Shannon developed First Leaps, a private provider of educational and behavioral services to support children, families and the larger community.  She continued to develop various comprehensive and individualized programs that grew from in-home services, to community-based services and to multidisciplinary center-based services, including a licensed preschool program that served children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, speech and language impairments, and other health impairments. During this time, Shannon also earned a DIRFloortime Certificate of Proficiency to practice the DIRFloortime® Model.

At ACES, Shannon works to develop a full understanding of a child’s needs through multidisciplinary assessments and by designing unique comprehensive and individualized educational services to serve children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and language, social, sensory processing and behavioral concerns. Shannon completed a graduate certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis in August 2017.

Education

  • B.A. Psychology, University of Virginia, 2006
  • M.A., Teaching, University of Virginia, 2006
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, 2017

Nicole Schroeer, MS.Ed, BCBA, LBA

Services

  • Behavioral-based assessments, treatment plans, and parent/staff training
  • Staff development for classrooms, conferences, in-service days, distance, or team-based trainings
  • Behavioral approach to working with clients with individual or multiple-disabilities (including Deaf/Hard of Hearing), proficient in ASL
  • Areas of specialty include: clients with ID/DD, ASD, Deaf/HOH, and multiple disabilities, reduction of aggressive behavior, self-injurious behaviors, and avoidance/non-compliance

Biography

Nicole joined ACES in 2013, which builds on more than two decades of experience as an educator and a behavioral analyst in a wide variety of fields. Nicole has supported individuals with disabilities through both direct service and staff and program development. In prior work, she provided leadership as Director of Learning Technologies at CenralReach and developed research and vetted assessment materials for teachers as a program development manager at Teachstone. She also provided clinical services as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Virginia Institute of Autism and a behavior specialist and classroom teacher at the Virginia School for Deaf and Blind.

Prior to this work, Nicole spent a decade teaching and building staff development programs at a large statewide social service agency in New York City. Nicole has deep context for collaboration across fields. Nicole emphasizes a behavioral approach to her therapy, asking “why do people do what we do?” She seeks not only to reduce behaviors, but to help individuals access safe and sustainable means for achieving the best quality of life for clients and the people who love them. Nicole believes in a collaborative approach to treatment that ensures interventions are appropriate and implementable across environments, practitioners, and family members.

Education

  • B.A., State University of New York at New Paltz, 1994
  • ASL/English Interpretation Program, LaGuardia Community College, 2000
  • M.S., Education Studies, Bank Street College of Education, 2002
  • M.S., Education, Early Childhood, General, and Special Education, Bank Street College of Education, 2009
  • Behavioral Science, Applied Behavior Analysis, Florida Institute of Technology, 2013

Certifications and Memberships

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA): Behavior Analyst Certification Board
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst: Virginia Board of Medicine
  • Virginia State Postgraduate Professional License: Early Childhood Special Education, Early/Primary Education PreK-Grade 3
  • NY State Professional Teaching Certificate: General Education and Special Education Kindergarten –Grade 2

Sarah Shreckhise, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA

Speech-Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Services

  • Multi-Disciplinary team assessments for children with complex needs for support, such as children with communication delays, sensory impairments, developmental disabilities, and/or medical problems
  • Consultation & training for students who are deaf or hard of hearing or for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Consultation and assessments relating to educational and communication needs for Deaf/Blind students
  • Early literacy development for students who are deaf or hard of hearing using See-The-Sound: Visual Phonics and developmental word study

Biography

Sarah joined ACES in 2012, where she offers collaborative, multi-disciplinary assessments and specialized consultation for children with complex communication profiles. Sarah is a member of the Virginia Network of Consultants (VNOC), supporting local school divisions with services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and providing communication or behavior assessments for deaf or hard of hearing students throughout the Commonwealth. Sarah also works as a lead speech-language pathologist at Rehabilitation Associates in Richmond, VA. Since 2012, she has provided diagnostic, rehabilitation, and habilitation services, as well as progress monitoring for early intervention, school-based, and clinic-based settings.

Earlier in her career, Sarah worked at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) for eight years as a speech-language pathologist for the educational program and supporting individual and group therapy for communication. She also served as the Autism Team Coordinator for five years, developing school-wide training as well as individual service plans.

Education

  • B.S., Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, James Madison University, 2004
  • BCBA, Applied Behavior Analysis, Professional Development, Florida Institute of Technology, 2011

Certifications and Memberships

  • Member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence

Kristie Wells, M.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Services

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for young adults and adults (ages 15+)
  • Treatment for trauma,  anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, domestic and sexual abuse, eating disorders, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, and stress reduction

Biography

Kristie Wells, LCSW joined ACES in 2016. Kristie received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University along with her Career Studies Certificate in American Sign Language from Reynolds Community College. Kristie then graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a master’s degree in Social Work and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011.

Since 2008, Ms. Wells has worked in various capacities as an out-patient therapist, a member of a crisis response mental health assessment team, case manager, program coordinator, and Masters level adjunct instructor at VCU. Kristie also enjoys working as a freelance ASL/English Interpreter and being outdoors.

Education

  • BSW, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006
  • Career Studies Certificate in American Sign Language, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, 2006
  • M.S., Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008; LCSW, 2011

Certificates and Memberships

  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
  • Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work (VSCSW)
  • National Interpreter Certification– Advanced (NIC-A), 2012

Susanne Wilbur, M.A., M.S., M.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Services

  • Psychotherapy for children, pre-adolescents, adolescents, and adults for issues related to anxiety; parenting support; anger management; work stress; and cultural identity development including depression; physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; and major life transitions.

Biography

Susanne Wilbur has worked in many different roles and with many different types of people in her career as a social worker and community advocate here in the Piedmont. She developed Charlottesville’s first outreach program for the deaf community.

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker with almost 20 years of experience in screening, assessment and treatment planning in various capacities
  • Case Manager/Intensive In-Home Clinician with the Valley Community Services Board
  • Supervisor at Piedmont CASA
  • Lead Behavior Specialist with Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind
  • Psychotherapist with ACES since 2013
  • Community Development Liaison for Civic Access.
  • Prior to becoming a social worker, Susanne worked as an instructor for rock climbing, backpacking, white water rafting, adaptive skiing in Colorado and Wyoming. She thoroughly enjoys working with children, pre-adolescents, adolescents and adults. She works with a variety of issues related to depression; physical, sexual or emotional abuse; major life transitions and substance abuse along with serious mental illness in collaboration with the support of community services boards.

Education

  • B.A., Human Ecology, Connecticut College, 1981
  • M.Ed, Experiential Education, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1985
  • MSW, Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999