Treatment

Sheila Katz, Ph.D., BCBA

Psychological Assistant; Behavior Analyst


Dr. Katz has been working as a Behavioral Consultant/Analyst in Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. She has worked directly with children, families and adults since 2009. She is a UCLA PEERS trained group facilitator, as well as a certified mindfulness trained teacher. She brings an integrated therapeutic approach including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Floortime, Early Start Denver Model ESDM), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Relational Development Intervention (RDI) and Relational Theory.

Dr. Katz provides both in-home and in-school services, including:

  • Behavioral Intervention assessment, planning and implementation;
  • Consultation and direct services for individual students and groups of students;
  • Social skills training for individuals and groups of students;
  • Parent, Teacher and staff training in Behavioral Intervention strategies 

Dr. Katz designs specific skill-building plans for each individual across levels of development, from toddler/preschool age to adulthood. These skills can include:

GOALS FOR THE YOUNGER CHILD

  • Listen and follow directions
  • Greet friends/Ask for and use friends’ names
  • Share and give turns to friends
  • Ask for turns during play
  • Keep cool when upset during play
  • Be flexible, cooperative during play
  • Ask friends to play/ Join ongoing game play
  • Transition to new play activities
  • Ask for help and help friends
  • Maintain appropriate body boundaries
  • Use good volume control when talking to friends

GOALS FOR THE ADOLESCENT/TEEN

  • Use appropriate conversational skills
  • Choose appropriate friends
  • Appropriate use electronic forms of communication 
  • Appropriately use humor and assess humor feedback
  • Start, enter and exit conversations between peers
  • Organize successful get-togethers with friends
  • Be a good sport when playing games/sports with friends
  • Handle arguments and disagreements with friends and in relationships
  • Handle rejection, teasing, bullying, rumors/gossip, and cyber bullying

PARENT PSYCHOEDUCATION/ COACHING 

Parenting education/coaching is designed to teach parents behavioral and sensory techniques to avoid and dissipate meltdowns, and to keep your child safe and engaged. The reality is that children with special needs also need special parenting. These skills do not come naturally to most parents. Dr. Katz is here to help you learn how best to help your child.

She covers a range of topics in parent education, including:

  • Managing the challenges of parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum
  • Techniques to reduce or eliminate behavioral problems
  • Increasing communication skills
  • Safety in the home and community
  • Increasing coping skills – yours and your child’s
  • Building routines
  • How to use reinforcers appropriately
  • How to use a sensory diet
  • Increasing self-help skills/independence
  • Engaging with schools to get services through SST, 504, and IEP processes, ensuring your child has access to all the support available to them

Dr. Katz can be reached directly at 707.849.5944 and sk@drmacleamy.com. Fees are $125/hr for Dr. Katz’s services including in-person meeting time or phone/video sessions.”