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Like many parents, Barb and Mark watched their beautiful, social, intelligent son, Devon, regress into severe autism when he was 14-months old. They were quickly thrown into the world of autism and began their journey seeking answers. Devon began therapy and visited countless medical and health specialists. As years went by and therapy ensued, progress was minimal.
The therapy was missing something. It was missing what was most important; addressing the "root cause." Barb's background of public health and nutrition helped her quickly realize there was much more to learn about autism. She could see how important diet, genetics, and environment was for her son’s progress as well as its pivotal role in behavior. As a family and with the help of specialists, they began addressing “the root cause” through diet and lifestyle, focusing on gastrointestinal health, boosting and supporting the immune system and reducing inflammation. With these changes, Devon began to progress! He started to take huge steps forward. This didn’t come easily however, as the various therapy modalities frequently contradicted one another and failed to see Devon’s full potential.
Along their journey, Barb and Mark found therapists who saw the value and necessity of integrating services and the concept of Integrated Autism Therapies was born. As a team, they have worked tirelessly to bring IAT to life. IAT is committed to a unified approach to serving the autistic community. IAT is focused on the betterment of any and all who live with, or alongside of loved ones with autism every day.
Integrated describes our entire mission here at IAT. We believe in a full, deep and investigative approach to autism. There is more than meets the eye and each individual is different. Each piece of our organization is crucial. Our services and therapies offer the entire package and when used together can greatly improve your quality of life.
Give us a call and you'll quickly see what sets us apart from the rest.
MEET THE TEAM
Mark & Barb Niederhauser
Mark and Barb met in high school and have been married for 27 years. Mark enjoys biking, fishing, and being outdoors. Barb enjoys a variety of cross training activities, healthy cooking and has recently taken up Kali stick fighting. They have a daughter in college and a son who regressed into severe autism at 14 months of age. After nearly two decades of trying almost every type of autism therapy/treatment offered, they knew there had to be a better way. Together, their strong desire to find the best way to serve the autistic community is what caused the creation of Integrated Autism Therapies. Mark and Barb want every IAT client to feel good, feel included and be happy.
Kellen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been in the Human Services field for over 10 years, with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis for the past six years. He has worked in a variety of settings with a wide array of individuals; ranging from intensive lock down residential facilities to in-home ABA therapy, with latency aged children diagnosed with ASD, as well as adults diagnosed with behavioral misconduct disorders. Kellen is also an avid Utah Jazz fan, enjoys anything and everything sports related. Above all else, he enjoys most spending time with his wife and chasing around his toddler.
Bailey is lucky to be the newest Board Certified Behavior Analyst on the Integrated Autism Therapies team. She has over 8 years’ experience working in Applied Behavior Analysis. Bailey graduated with her Master of Science degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Montana State University. She has provided behavioral services in a variety of different states, including Hawaii, Montana, and Utah. She has practiced and supervised behavior analytic services in a variety of environments, including non-profit organizations, schools, residential homes, clinics, and home-based settings. She is very passionate about advocating for the health, happiness, and rights of children, adults, and families that have been impacted by special needs. Radical inclusion, kindness, and unconditional love are the main principles Bailey strives to live by. She loves spending time with her partner, family, friends, and dog Grizzly. If she is not practicing ABA, you can find her on the slopes, in the mountains, playing basketball, traveling, spending time in Montana, or teasing her three younger siblings. She hopes to help families, like hers, who have been impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Working with people of all ages is Julia's passion, and being a speech-language pathologist for 10 years has allowed her to express that love. First working in a skilled nursing facility, she eventually moved to working with children ages 3-19. She graduated from both BYU and the U of U, and continues to seek learning whenever possible. She believes deeply in the power of communication and is excited to assist families in that process with their children. Julia loves High Fitness, walks around the block, audiobooks, and spending time with her family.
Amy Irvin is a fairly new member of the team here at Integrated Autism Therapies but has been serving the Autism community for two and a half years. She enjoys collaborating with other clinicians, families, and the resilient and wonderful clients she has the privilege to work with. A graduate of the University of Southern California, (where she spent extra time focusing on sensory processing) her background is diverse but focuses on neurology and neuro difference and includes traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, ADHD, and ASD. A priority for Amy is a team approach that focuses on the whole individual including sensory processing, gross and fine motor skill acquisition, cognition, and behavior. She enjoys working here at IAT and particularly enjoys the clinical values and team approach that it embraces.
Mark is the oldest of three children. His parents are first generation immigrants from Laos.
He has been in the special needs field for 8-9 years. 6 of it has been doing ABA. Prior to entering this field, he sought various ways to try to serve the community from looking to tutor teens to temporarily joining a wildfire fighting crew. He enjoys finding opportunities to serve the community and has volunteered with projects such as Warm the Homeless, My Story Matters, and other various charities and organizations for the past several years. He found fulfillment in serving this community and has been doing his part in it since. Mark's main hobbies include doing martial arts, photography, writing, stargazing, and just being in the outdoors. He loves the curiosity of the world and loves exploration whether it be backpacking in the mountains or exploring abandoned mines. He particularly loves being in the redrocks. He likes to think of himself as a lifelong learner.
RBT, Assistant Trainer
RBT, Assistant Trainer
Melissa, an RBT, joined the IAT team in August of 2019. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, she worked in the Financial Industry for many years. A career change led her into special education, which she found fulfilling. Melissa has been a life skills coach, an equine therapy assistant, and held a variety of roles in summer camps. Travelling with her husband and spending time with their adult children are favorite past times. She enjoys book clubs, hiking, and horseback riding as well.
Mireya was born and raised in Northern California and is the youngest of 5 children. Growing up with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, she was constantly in and out of treatment, which was where her passion for helping others and wanting to work with kids began. She nannied for all different special needs children and her passion only grew. She moved to Utah in January to start something new and shortly after found IAT. Becoming an ABA therapist really narrowed in her career path and she now knows exactly what she wants to be. She has recently decided to go for her bachelor's degree to become a BCaBa and possibly a BCBA after that. Aside from working with children, she has always had a passion for arts, writing and traveling. She has been to 15 states, 3 countries and doesn’t ever plan on stopping there!
April loves connecting with children on the spectrum and believes they have many hidden strengths and talents. She has two associate degrees from WSU and SLCC where she studied fashion, the arts and dabbled in general studies. She has over 6 years working with children in schools, daycares and through the Utah State Courts as a CASA volunteer. April believes in the power and strength of the human spirit. She herself overcame a speech impediment, depression and severe anxiety as a child and teenager. Through these personal experiences, April has learned the importance of empathy and patience with herself and others. She prides herself in the ability to connect and pair with children of different ages, genders, and personalities. It is her joy to see them grow, learn, and overcome obstacles. She knew she was in the right career field when one her former autistic students told her that when he grew up, he wanted to “be an ABA therapist”. In her free time she loves spending time with her husband Elias, creating/refurbishing furniture, meditating and polishing up on her yoga practice.
Suraj is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and has over 2 years of experience working with children diagnosed with ASD. Suraj discovered this career field by happenstance. Within a couple days of working at a clinic in Illinois, Suraj’s home state, he fell in love with the ABA science. This is the most fun and meaningful job Suraj has had. He cherishes the time he has with his clients. Suraj’s favorite aspect of working with the ASD population is the diversity. He enjoys interacting with a wide variety of different personalities and characteristics and trying to connect with them.
Suraj found IAT when he moved from Illinois to Utah in Fall of 2020. Suraj plans to attend a graduate program to further his studies in ABA and become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He feels that he is lucky to have found a career path that he deeply resonates with.
Suraj enjoys listening to a variety of music, making his friends and family laugh, traveling, reading and exploring nature.
Sophia grew up in Santaquin, UT as one of 12 siblings and has always loved spending time working and playing with kids. After getting her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Utah University, Sophia discovered the field of ABA therapy and became an RBT in 2018. Sophia loves working in the field, getting to know the children and their families, and celebrating the individuality of each client. She believes in the power of finding your voice in a tumultuous world and is excited to help each child build new skills, relationships, and self-confidence. She is currently pursuing higher education in speech-language pathology. Her interests include yoga, pinball, rock-climbing, pickleball, and exploring the great outdoors.
Caryl Julia Velas
Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Julia was born in Mandaluyong, Philippines and was raised in sunny San Diego, CA. She is the youngest of three in a first generation immigrant-American family. Julia's hobbies include cooking, baking, stargazing, reading, staying active, camping, serving her community through volunteer work, and traveling around the world. Upon moving to Utah she climbed the famous Mount Timpanogos and plans to climb to various mountain peaks in the Wasatch Range to celebrate her new home here in Utah. Julia fell in love with the field of speech pathology after taking her first linguistics course during her undergrad years. She realized through her courses that the range of human communication and language skills are imperative for a child's quality of life. Julia's goal is to serve those with limited communication with individualized therapy to be able to communicate more effectively. As a child, she too received speech therapy to help her learn English. Her alma mater is California State University, Fullerton where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders. She has always enjoyed working with children and has experience working in schools, preschools, and Montessori centers with both special needs children and typically developing children. Julia found this line of work to be fulfilling and finds it so special to be able to witness each individual child’s milestones in language acquisition.
Josh is the youngest of 2 children. He grew up in Magna Utah and now lives in West Valley. He has been married for almost a year. Josh has worked with kids for about 2 years including a year and a half doing ABA therapy. He loves the outdoors and is very into sports like basketball, football and baseball. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. IAT is excited to have Josh on our team.
Marlie was born and raised in Murray, Utah. Right after her high school graduation Marlie joined the Army Reserves as a Signal System Support Specialist. When returning home from her trainings Marlie started doing respite work for multiple families with children on the spectrum. One of the families was receiving ABA therapy which, intrigued Marlie. Eventually she started looking for companies to work with and found one. Marlie has been a RBT for a little over 3 years and wouldn’t want a career doing anything else.
Landen has been an RBT for two years, mostly working in Utah county while he went to school at UVU and earned his bachelors degree in Psychology. He is originally from Roosevelt Utah, and he and his family have moved back to that area to be near family while he completed his masters program in ABA through Ball State University. Landen is married and has a 2 year old daughter, Nellie, and another girl on the way who will be here mid February. Landen is passionate in the field of aba and finds great joy working with clients and watching them learn and grow! Landen’s hobbies include basketball, going hammocking and camping with his family, playing with his dog Murphy, and watching movies with his wife.
Lukayla comes from a family with deaf parents and a sister. She grew up as a part of the Utah deaf community and has used American Sign Language throughout her life. She has always had a passion working and volunteering with children. She has over eight years of experience with kids, the past few years involving ABA therapy. She has a passion for playing instruments, art, photography, and animals. She makes an effort to include music and open-ended creativity into her sessions. In her free time she enjoys going on hikes, exploring the outdoors and old structures, trying out local restaurants, and reading.
Ruthann lives in Murray, Utah with her husband of 31 years, Lauren. They are the parents of three and grandparents of five. Some of her favorite things include camping in the mountains, playing with her grandchildren and volunteering with a variety of community organizations. She has a BS degree in Education from Brigham Young University and was actively involved with gifted education as she sought for appropriate educational experiences for her children. She has volunteered at the local, state, and national level advocating for and supporting gifted education for all ages. She is eager to share her experience with others to help make their life journey a little easier.
Barb is an incredible combination of energy, compassion and knowledge. She will be your strongest advocate and a friend. As a mother of three, I’ve trusted her to help me navigate the nutrition, fitness and health concerns of our family. We can’t speak more highly of her as a person and a professional.
Barb is an empathetic and motivating coach! She is invested in the lives of her clients and is willing to do more than her fair share of research and digging to find the answers her clients need. Barb comes from a wealth of experience with her own autistic child and offers hope to parents.