Katherine Woodhouse has been providing services to individuals with autism and other developmental differences for over 20 years. Born and raised in Houston, Texas she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, fine arts, and education from Houston Baptist University. She received her Masters of Arts degree in psychology, with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis, from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, which is also where she completed her post‐graduate program in Art Therapy. While completing her master’s degree, she was able to sit for the very first offering of the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst exam, earning her the honor of being the 10th person to obtain a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credential. In 2009 she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and earned several teaching credentials that include special education, art education, and a multiple subjects teaching credential.
Her first experience working with someone with autism came when she worked as an art teacher at a small private school for children with learning and developmental differences. It was during this time when her nephew was diagnosed with autism. She learned the difficulties in working with family members coming to terms with the diagnosis. While working as the Autism Coordinator for the Houston Independent School District, she was able to develop a district wide program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders that met federal, state and local guidelines as well as included best practices in the field of Autism. This was not an easy feat in that the Houston Independent School District is the 5th largest school district in the United States, located in the 4th largest city in the United States.
Since moving to California, she has provided educational and behavior analytic services in school, home and community settings, including many settings for adults with a variety of developmental differences, including those with a dual diagnosis of a psychiatric diagnosis. She has provided services with individuals ranging in age from 12 months to 70 years. Her most recent experience was starting and successfully running a company that provided in‐home ABA services for individuals with autism. This company spanned across California, as well as 5 other states. She understands the complexities of working with families, funding sources (i.e.: insurance companies, regional centers) and staffing issues.
Her most recent experience has been providing services to adults who have a dual diagnosis of a developmental disability and a psychiatric disorder, most of whom have experienced trauma, and are residing in crisis behavioral group homes (EBSH and CCH). Her current focus has been to learn more about how to provide Trauma Informed Care for a variety of populations.
She has conducted a variety of training to behavior therapists, new BCBA’s or those working on their BCBA license, parents, teachers, and a variety of staff in schools, group homes, and other agency settings who support individuals with developmental disabilities. She has written an RBT training program, as well as has a parent training curriculum that is currently available for sale on Amazon.
She has had the pleasure of working with a variety of experts in the field of autism, including Dr. Andy Bondy (co‐developer of the Picture Exchange Communication System, or PECS), Dr. James Partington (co‐developer of the Assessment of Basic Language and Learner Skills, or
ABLLS), Dr. G. Roy Mayer, and Dr. Beth Sulzer‐Azaroff.