Susan Hoban, President of Hoban and Associates, is a dedicated educator who has worked with young children for thirty-six years. Over these years, Susan has had a rich and varied career in education. For eight years, Susan was the head teacher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Preschool Program. It was here that Susan solidified her commitment to work with and educate young children with special needs. Hoban and Associates was formed in 1984 to provide education and support services for parents and children with special needs. In 1991 and 1993, Susan, with Dr. Joan Goodman from the University of Pennsylvania, produced two video presentations depicting a realistic look into the daily lives of two preschoolers with autism and two preschoolers with developmental delays and attention deficit disorder. The nationally produced videos “Day by Day” and “Around the Clock”, demonstrate and emphasize the coping skills and practical strategies utilized by these parents with their special needs children. read more...
Lynn Le-Roba has worked with young children with autism spectrum disorders since 2002.read more...
With 20 years experience in the field of education and behavior analysis, Mari Jeranek Errico has a strong record of success in working with children, their families, and teachers. read more...
Sue Cleaver comes to Hoban and Associates with a background in both Speech and Language and Behavior Analysis. read more...
Missy Kuntz has been working with young children and their families since 2000. read more...
Susan Hoban, President of Hoban and Associates, is a dedicated educator who has worked with young children for thirty-six years. Her educational background is diverse. In 1980, she graduated from Temple University with an undergraduate degree in social welfare with an emphasis in child development. She earned a Masters in Education from Arcadia University in 1983 with a core in early childhood and special education. Susan holds a Pennsylvania teacher certification in special education. She continued her education by completing Penn State graduate classes in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Drs. Partington, Sundberg and Carbone’s workshops in Verbal Behavior. As of 2003, Susan has maintained her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
During the past thirty-six years, Susan has had a rich and varied career in education. For eight years, Susan was the head teacher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Preschool Program. It was here that Susan solidified her commitment to work with and educate young children with special needs. Hoban and Associates was formed in 1984 to provide education and support services for parents and children with special needs. In 1991 and 1993, Susan, with Dr. Joan Goodman from the University of Pennsylvania, produced two video presentations depicting a realistic look into the daily lives of two preschoolers with autism and two preschoolers with developmental delays and attention deficit disorder. The nationally produced videos “Day by Day” and “Around the Clock”, demonstrates and emphasized the coping skills and practical strategies utilized by these parents with their special needs children.
Susan started her training as an ABA therapist for in-home ABA programming in 1989 under the supervision of a behavior specialist from COSAC (currently New Jersey Autism). In 1992, Susan became a behavior specialist and began to develop and implement discrete training for staff and trial teaching programs for children with autism in Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. She was instrumental in helping families receive funding from the educational system for 1:1 in-home ABA programs. In 1995, Susan, with another ABA consultant, joined with the coordinator of the autistic support classrooms at The Pathway School to design and implement discrete trial teaching classrooms for early elementary age children. During her five year tenure at Pathway, Susan co-authored The Pathway School Pre-Academic Discrete Trial Teaching Curriculum. Since completing Dr. Vince Carbone’s Verbal Behavior workshops, Hoban and Associates utilize the techniques based in the philosophy of Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior.
As President of Hoban and Associates, Susan now maintains her private practice for special needs children and consults with exsisting ABA teams as well as with various educational agencies.
Lynn Le-Roba has worked with young children with autism spectrum disorders since 2002. Beginning as an in-home ABA therapist for preschool children, Lynn implemented discrete trial teaching and verbal behavior programs designed by behavior specialists. Because Lynn developed a true passion for working with children and their families during these years as a therapist, she decided to return to graduate school at Penn State to pursue her certification in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Lynn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Bio-Behavioral Health with an emphasis on human development and family studies from Penn State University in 2001. She continued with her graduate studies at Penn State to become a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst in March of 2007. Since then, Lynn has consistently focused on, and strives towards, increasing her skills in the areas of behavioral intervention and child development through attending multiple conferences regarding Applied Behavior Analysis as well as the Verbal Behavior workshops.
In 2008, Lynn joined Hoban and Associates as a consultant and has proven to be an effective and competent behavior analyst. Working with toddler and preschool special needs children, Lynn develops and implements home-based teaching programs that focus on communication, social, play and academic skills as well as decreasing behaviors that might impede learning. Once a program is in place, she provides hands on training to the people who become the ABA therapists and supervises them once they are involved with home programming. Through the years, Lynn has cultivated her passion for working with young children from 18 months thru 6 years of age. She is able to see each child in terms of their individual strengths and needs and provides a program which capitalizes on the child’s interests and abilities. Lynn also works with preschools to provide an inclusive environment for children experiencing developmental challenges.
With 20 years experience in the field of education and behavior analysis, Mari Jeranek Errico has a strong record of success in working with children, their families, and teachers. Formerly an educator on the bio-behavioral unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Mari worked with students with severe behaviorally difficulties and cognitive challenges. Here, she developed strong skills in increasing functional communication for learners of all abilities and analyzing and treating severe problem behavior. At the Pathway School, she served as a teacher in an autistic support classroom which used teaching techniques based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. She worked hand in hand with the administration to develop a classroom for students who needed both a life-skills based curriculum and discrete trial teaching.
Mari's educational credentials include a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a Concentration in Special Education from Beaver College (now Arcadia University). She holds a PA Teaching Certificate in Special Education, spending nine years as a classroom teacher with students ranging in age from 2-21. Mari did graduate work in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education at Penn State University and Temple University and consistently seeks continuing education opportunities. Mari has also completed the introduction thru advance Verbal Behavior workshop series with Dr. Vince Carbone. Passionate and knowledgeable, she has worked as a behavior specialist since 2000, developing, implementing, and supervising home based programming for young children with autism and autism spectrum disorders. Mari has extensive experience consulting with classroom teachers on individual programming and classroom management issues, and has given presentations on Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism to both parents and medical professionals.
Sue Cleaver comes to Hoban and Associates with a background in both Speech and Language and Behavior Analysis. She combines unique qualities which enable her to teach a two year old how to play in the morning while working effectively with an eighteen year old on communication skills in the afternoon. During her career, Sue has continuously demonstrated dedication and commitment to working with special needs children of varying ages.
In terms of educational experience, Susan first graduated from West Chester University in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in Speech Pathology. She started her career as a speech and language pathologist at The Pathway School, a state-approved private school in Norristown for children with learning differences. After receiving her Master’s of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology from West Chester University in 1992, Sue developed Pathway’s first autistic support classroom based on techniques of the TEACCH program. At Pathway in 1995, she was instrumental in pioneering the development and implementation of the first center-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) classroom in Pennsylvania. The program for children with autism at Pathway quickly grew from one to four classrooms using ABA techniques and two classrooms using the TEACCH method, supporting children ages five to twenty-one years of age. In collaboration with Susan Hoban and Kelly Johnson, Sue contributed to the development of The Pathway School’s Discrete Trial Teaching Curriculum.
In 1998, Sue joined Hoban and Associates to provide expertise in the development and supervision of home-based ABA services for preschool children. At that time, Sue continued her graduate studies at Penn State University in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She earned her Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst in 2001. In addition, Sue participated in Vince Carbone’s advanced consultant trainings in Verbal Behavior, as well as Bondy and Frost’s advanced Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Sue currently works as a consultant with Hoban and Associates and maintains a private practice in speech therapy.
Missy Kuntz has been working with young children and their families since 2000. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Temple University, where she became certified in Special Education. Missy received a master’s degree in Special Education from Gwynedd Mercy College and then continued her graduate studies at the University of North Texas in 2008, studying Applied Behavior Analysis.
Missy has been a home and school based ABA therapist for 7 years. She was responsible for implementing 1:1 direct, intensive teaching programs with preschool children.. As a therapist that utilized the techniques of discrete trial teaching and verbal behavior, Missy discovered the intricacies of programming for children with autism spectrum disorders. After graduating from
Temple University, Missy spent three insightful years as a teacher in an elementary autistic support classroom in a local school district. There she honed her skills using the Verbal Behavior approach which inspired her interest in returning to work with preschool children.
In 2008, Missy joined Hoban and Associates as a behavior specialist. Currently, she develops and implements ABA home programs for preschool children. Missy trains people to become ABA therapists and supervises their work once they join a child’s team. She also works with preschools to provide an inclusive environment for the children with whom she works. Because Missy sees the potential in every child, she works with diligence and dedication to help them learn.