Eric Kessler is a board certified behavior analyst who began his work in the field of Autism in 2009.
After completing his Bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education, Eric began working as a special education teacher in Reno, Nevada. At that time Eric participated in a collaboration project between Washoe County School District and The Lovaas Center to train teachers and staff on ABA strategies. Through this collaboration, Eric began working as an in home Lovaas Center interventionist with their clients. Eric also quickly developed a model classroom within the school district and created a mentor program for new special education teachers. This mentor program consisted of a variety of trainings, including applied behavior analysis in the classroom, inclusion practices, IEP development, working with families, and effective curriculum delivery. The success of this mentor program led Eric to receive the Excellence in Education award in Washoe County. In 2012 Eric completed his Masters degree in Special Education with an emphasis on Autism.
To further his knowledge regarding disabilities Eric was selected to be a 2014 Nevada Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NvLend) special education trainee where he participated in 96 field based experience hours, a leadership project and didactic classes led by professionals in the field. While with NvLend Eric helped develop the website www.nevadaactearly.org and attended the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) conference in Washington D.C. Eric also participated in clinical experiences from speech pathologists, developmental pediatricians, multidisciplinary assessment teams, occupational therapists, NICU feeding specialists, child psychiatrists, behavior analysts and parents of children with disabilities. During this same year Eric delivered community-based trainings on toilet training and evidence-based practices for the non-profit Justinhope Foundation.
In 2014 Eric left the classroom to become a Washoe County autism consultant and a behavior analyst for The Lovaas Center. While in these roles, Eric supervised teams of interventionists delivering ABA to children in their homes and teachers throughout the school district. Eric also conducted functional behavior assessments, created behavior plans, and helped maintain IEP compliance within autism classrooms. Recently, Eric completed his board certification in behavior analysis (BCBA) in 2015, and began consulting full-time for The Lovaas Center in Las Vegas.