About — Impact Autism Services (2022)

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About Impact Autism

What does Impact do?

Impact Autism provides ABA Therapy for clients ages 2 and up. Sessions focus on teaching communication, social and behavior skills to enhance the client’s daily life. We work with clients in our center targeting behaviors that lead to independence and successful interactions within a client’s living environment.

Impact Autism offers ABA Therapy for clients receiving services through insurance and private pay. Please contact our office to request more information regarding behavior coaching for your family member, or to request an initial consultation.

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Our Vision

Strengthening families and communities by helping people be their best selves through dignity and acceptance.

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Our Values

At Impact Autism, we value excellence, honesty, and transparency in all we do.

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Our Mission

Impact Autism wants to make a difference to help each child achieve their best success.

What is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a Therapy based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA is commonly practiced as a therapeutic intervention for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ABA helps the individual improve social interactions, learn new skills, and maintain positive behaviors. ABA therapy applies our understanding of how behavior works in real situations.

Clients and families who receive ABA Therapy through Impact Autism enjoy a consistent and premium level of treatment from the onset of services.

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Clients Receive ABA Therapy To Target Some Or All Of The Following Areas:

  • Decreasing Aggression

  • Anxiety/Coping

  • Interpersonal Relationships

  • Social Integration

  • Expressive and Receptive Language

  • Self Regulation

  • Daily/Independent Living

  • Organization/Planning

  • Executive Functioning

  • Functional Communication

Our Owners

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Paul Tesi

Managing Partner

Paul double majored in Business and Psychology in college. Prior to founding Impact Living Services, he spent twenty-two years working for a local social services agency. During that time, he founded and directed several group homes, an alternative day school, and an Independent Living Program for at-risk youth. Paul is distinctively passionate about providing long-term relationships with youth that transcends acute-care, in an effort to create a true sense of permanency in their, often impermanent, circumstances. Paul goes above and beyond in helping youth reach their goals; he is especially skilled in teaching problem-solving skills and aiding youth in recognizing their strengths. He has been a foster parent and adopted two foster youth, who are now adults. Paul’s vast experience in training, encouraging, and supporting his staff to mitigate challenging behavioral pathologies, mixed with his desire for youth to succeed, make him an invaluable asset to Impact Living Services. When he’s not working, Paul enjoys doing mission work in Cambodia.

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Travis Butner

Managing Partner

Travis is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC). He received his B.A. in Psychology from Southwest Baptist University in 2004 and his M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2013. Travis has been working in the mental health field since 2004, first serving within various leadership roles at a residential treatment center in Texas and then working for a privately owned mental health organization in Virginia. Travis enjoys working with both children and adults, but specifically has a passion for those who have substance-related disorders. In his free time, Travis enjoys spending time with his family, cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs, working out, doing projects around the home, and traveling whenever possible.

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Adam Pavao

Managing Partner

Adam is a graduate of Liberty University and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. With over ten years of experience in mental health and child welfare services in the Lynchburg Region, Adam brings an extensive knowledge of complex family issues and behavioral health concerns. Adam has experience working in the non-profit setting, with government agencies, and in private mental health agencies. With that, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to families involved in the various government systems. Adam specializes in family engagement and utilizes this client-centered, family systems approach to incite motivation and navigate change with the clients he works with. Adam is a proud father of three, and husband to his beautiful wife, Haley.

Management Team

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Bryan Eure

Chief Programs Officer

Bryan is a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Virginia, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and an International Behavior Analyst (IBA). As a behavior analysts (since 2016) Bryan has provided direct therapy, conducted assessments, provided supervision to RBTs, provided supervision to students working toward certification and provided trainings to professionals and families alike. He attended Johnson University in Knoxville, TN where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry (‘03). After working in a group home, a nonprofit organization and the local Community Service Board (CSB), Bryan returned to school at Lynchburg University and completed his M.Ed. in Special Education (‘09). Along with being a behavior analyst, he continues to maintain his teacher licensure. In addition, Bryan worked in the public school setting for 11 years. During that time Bryan again returned to school at George Mason University to complete a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (‘14). Throughout his career Bryan has worked in various roles in group homes, the CSB, public schools, non-profit organizations, therapy providers, health care organizations and most recently as principal of a private day school (for 3 years). Bryan is passionate about helping young people and individuals with disabilities achieve success and to live their best life. Along with this passion for serving others, Bryan enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters, serving on the board of directors for non-profit organizations that support these interests, being outdoors and watching sports.

Behavior Technicians

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Chelsey Setliff

Behavior Technician

Chelsey has served in the mental health field since 2014. She has a M.S. in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Chelsey discovered her passion for working with youth with disabilities during a mission trip to Guatemala. During her work at a private day school, she fulfilled many roles which provided her with experience working directly with individuals with disabilities and their families. Chelsey enjoys working hands-on with clients to develop skills and independence. Away from work, Chelsey enjoys spending time with family, and traveling to new places.

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Rebecca Martin

Behavior Technician

Rebecca will graduate this December (2022) with a bachelor's degree in Family and Child Development, and a minor in Psychology. During her career she has a variety of field related jobs which include working in the childcare field, starting with children’s ministries and later becoming a teacher's assistant at a local learning center in Forest. In addition, Rebecca has completed course work in childhood development, play therapy, exceptionalities in childhood, and internal dynamics of families. Through these experiences, Rebecca gained a passion for helping children gain confidence and independence, specifically for those with special needs. While working as a teaching assistant, her heart for children with exceptionalities grew substantially. This led her to search for a job in intervention to teach children new skills and help them work through difficult behaviors. In that search, she fell in love with Applied Behavioral Analysis and found that it is an effective tool for not only children with autism, but in other educational settings as well. Her goal as a Behavior Technician is to come alongside the whole family, to be a listening ear, provide support, and do what she can to facilitate growth. While she is working with your child she will focus on your needs and goals individually. Rest assured; she has your child’s best interest at heart. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, being outdoors, watching movies and reading!

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Sidney Williamson

Behavior Technician

Sidney Williamson is a Behavior Technician who graduated in May with a master’s degree in Human Services: Trauma and Crisis Counseling. Sidney has various volunteer experiences working with children, teenagers, and young adults with disabilities. Sidney loves everything to do with the outdoors and is always down for any type of adventure. When she’s not outside, she enjoys playing the piano, drinking iced coffee, and spending time with her family and friends. She is often referred to by her friends as an old soul due to her love for gardening, sewing, puzzle making, and walks in the park.

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Jordyn Nelson

Behavior Technician

Hello! I’m Jordyn and I am from Minnesota! I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Psychology in 2021 and am currently working towards an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have been working with kids of all ages ever since I was 10 years old. I started babysitting for families when I was 10, have helped in children’s ministry, served in youth ministries, worked for a childcare program all throughout high school, college, and much more. I have completed extensive research and coursework in ABA and am continuing to learn how ABA can be the most effective treatment for kids. I have always naturally connected with kids and find much purpose and fulfillment in working with kids who require unique services in order to work towards their fullest potential and discover their gifts and talents, which is something that brings me great joy. In my free time I love to workout, run, travel, hike, go to the lake and beach!

Speech & Occupational Therapists

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Ashley Mooney

Occupational Therapist

Ashley Mooney, MSOT, OTR/L is a licensed Occupational Therapist who received her master’s degree in 2016 from Jefferson College of Health Sciences and a bachelor's degree in Health Promotion from Liberty University in 2012. Ashley has worked in a variety of settings, however she has spent the past 4 years of her career focused on pediatrics, both in the school systems and in pediatric outpatient facilities. Ashley has extensive knowledge in the wide range of challenges children may face and she possesses a vast array of skills to provide treatment and increase independence in areas such as: fine-motor control and coordination, posture and strength, sensory integration, visual perception/motor skills, activities of daily living (ADLs), and handwriting. Ashley loves building relationships with families and helping children grow and develop through play!

Outside of work, Ashley is a wife, a mother, and a fur mom who enjoys any and all outdoor activities, reading, music, yoga, and traveling.

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Michelle Richardson

Speech and Language Pathologist

Michelle is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts from James Madison University in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1996 and her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in 1998. Michelle began working in the Lynchburg area as a Speech-Language Pathologist in 1998 and has worked with pediatrics since 1999. She has experience working with children in Early Intervention, preschool, Headstart, schools, and in an outpatient setting. Michelle enjoys working with other professionals and parents as a team to assist each child in being able to communicate successfully. Outside of work, Michelle is a wife and mom. She enjoys being outside, exercising, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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