About Shine

Our Mission is to provide an inclusive environment where children with varied developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder can receive ABA and a wide range of additional therapies that are custom tailored to individual need. Through data and research based intervention, and with professionalism and compassion Shine illuminates the pathway to growth and development for children and their families, we strive to enrich lives and help children reach their full potential and ultimately to succeed.

At Shine we understand the need for a wide variety of therapies and the challenges this can present for parents when the therapies are not offered in one location. We want to make accessibility of services as convenient and stress free as possible which is why we offer ABA, Speech and a wide variety of other beneficial therapies such as occupational therapy focusing on fine motor skills, music and sensory integration therapies to improve social skills and decrease common behavioral concerns with autistic children and we do this all at one location!

We believe that providing that little bit of extra service and quality makes all the difference. We work with a special needs hair stylist monthly to come into the center and provide haircuts for our kiddos in an environment where they feel safe, provide respite aftercare for parents who work or need a little bit more time in the evening to pick up and offer a gym styled open playroom as well as specialized sensory room for generalizing therapy and getting much needed exercise as well as sensory input in a wide variety of ways throughout the day.

We work with children age 2-12 years of age.

Come on in for a visit and check us out!

About Us

Emilye Schmale

Center Director

Emilye Schmale

First and foremost, I am the mother of a nine-year-old autistic boy who was diagnosed 7 days after his birth with Hydrocephalus. This resulted in three brain surgeries and a later diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. Just before my son’s third birthday we received yet another diagnosis, this time Autism. I have walked this journey with many others in the DFW area for many years and I‘ve seen the pain and the joy, the success over the little things and the daily struggles and stress from a firsthand perspective. I connect with fellow ASD parents in groups, online forums, at playdates, doctor appointments and special needs functions and conferences. I have felt the desperation and desire for help and support. I saw a way to make a difference. As a parent of a special needs child I desperately want my son to receive the very best care, but it goes further than that, it is important to me to provide a safe place where parents and their special children can feel secure and understood. After over 15 years as a sales & marketing professional in the corporate world, I am now immersed in my true passion, this is Shine.

Emily Selmale

 Evan Skelton

Lead BCBA, LBA & Clinical Director

Evan Skelton

Meet Evan Skelton, she holds both her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and her Masters’ in Applied Behavior Analysis from USF. She is certified by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as a BCBA and has over 9 years of experience working directly in the field. Working with children is Evan’s passion, but for her nothing compares to working with children on the Autism Spectrum. She takes great pride in getting to know each child and their families personally. Through the daily implementation of ABA as well as collaborating with the variety of disciplines we bring together at Shine Evan feels honored to be brought into the world of our children, and to see the beautiful souls, intelligence, and sense of humor many others may not be lucky enough to see. For Evan there is no better reward than improving the quality of life for our special need’s children and their families.

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Bianca Matamoros

BCBA, LBA

Bianca Matamoros

Bianca holds her Bachelor’s degree in Child Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Dallas and her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. She is certified by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) and has joined the Shine Behavioral team as a Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA). She has worked in Applied Behavior Analysis in various capacities for over three years while pursuing her Master’s degree. She has a passion for helping children of all backgrounds learn how to utilize their strengths to grow and achieve their goals. With a background in early childhood education and as a previously certified elementary teacher in a local ISD here in TX, Bianca understands the value of learning through play as well the more structured setting of ABA. Both methods help promote school readiness and peer engagement. Her approach is to interact with each individual child who walks through the doors of Shine and then to support our therapists and families to help them live their lives to the fullest.

Maddie

M.S., BCBA, LBA

Madeline Canas-Granados

Meet Maddie, she has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Stetson University in Florida where she started her career in ABA as an RBT. She found her passion and went on to pursue her Master’s Degree at Capella University. Throughout her time in the field, she has worked in a multitude of settings (home, school, and center) to help children with ASD in all aspects of their everyday life. She has experience creating and running social skill groups and groups where daily living skills are targeted, especially for older clients. Maddie feels that working directly in the schools has increased her advocacy level and broadened her horizons to give her a unique perspective on how far ABA can impact kiddos in all stages of life and development. She feels that meeting clients at their level whether that be through play or more structured activities ensures clients’ needs are met to their best interest! Every client is unique, and she loves to see their progress and improvement in life, it is something she feels very lucky to be a part of! Maddie comes to us from New York and is thrilled to be a part of the collaborate Shine team here in Texas, she looks forward to working with our families and clients as we grow!

Nancy Taylor

Lead Speech Language Pathologist

Nancy Taylor

Meet Nancy Taylor, she received her Master of Education in Speech Pathology from Stephen F. Austin State University.

During her professional career, Nancy has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. Those settings include hospital, clinic, home health, and public school. While working in the public school, she had extensive training in the area of augmentative/alternative communication. She taught in a PPCD classroom for 2 years and was Supervisor of the Speech Pathology Department in Longview ISD for 11 years. She has supervised and trained Speech Therapy Assistants throughout her career.

Nancy’s years of experience have provided her with the skills to accurately and effectively evaluate and provide therapy to children with Developmental Delays, Oral Motor Disorders, Down Syndrome, Autism, Apraxia, Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Language Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Medically Fragile Children.

Nicole Wedesky

SLP-A

Nicole Wedesky

Hello! I graduated from Stephen F Austin in May of 2021 with my BS. I have experience working with pediatrics in home health, in the school system, and now in ABA. I am also excited to be pursuing my master’s degree as I work toward becoming a fully licensed Speech Pathologist! I have a huge passion for helping people and families, especially with assisting children in bettering their communication skills.

I started at Shine under Mrs Nancy’s supervision and really hit the ground running. It has been so wonderful meeting all of the amazing, unique children and learning everything there is to know about them, they delight me every day! I look forward to working with them every day and watching them grow into the superstars they are meant to be.

Sophia Montez

SLP-ASSISTANT

Sophia Montez

Hello! I started at Shine in May as an RBT, during my time on the ABA side I have had the privilege of learning and understanding many of our clients’ strengths and weaknesses, personality, and the way that they express language and communication.

I graduated from University of North Texas in May 2022 with a BS degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Communication Disorders. I have worked in the field of ABA therapy for three years now, as a Registered Behavioral Therapist. I am thrilled to now be transitioning to my true passion as an Assistant Speech Language Pathologist! My heart is so full of excitement to get started in therapy and see the progress of each child. I will also start pursuing my master’s degree this fall in becoming a Speech Language Pathologist at the University of St. Augustine.

If you ever have any questions or want to discuss your child’s progress or meet in person, please reach out!

Hannah

Occupational Therapist

Hannah Hardeman, OTD, OTR/L

Hello! My name is Hannah Hardeman and I am thrilled to work with the kids at Shine Behavioral and to be able to collaborate with their families to work towards their OT goals. I graduated and got my doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in Austin, Texas and completed my undergraduate degree in kinesiology at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Before beginning grad school, I had the chance to teach at a preschool and really enjoyed the energy and personality of each individual child. During grad school, I worked at a preschool called Let It Shine in Austin, TX where the emphasis was children with various diagnoses, including autism. I enjoyed the experience in Austin because it gave me a chance to work with children who have varying needs and who are different ages.

I am excited to get to know the kids and to learn from them as well.

Chandler Van Beest

Senior Program Manager

Chandler Van Beest

Meet Chandler, she holds her Bachelor of University Studies with an emphasis on Psychology and Education from the University of Mississippi. She has worked as a Registered Behavior Technician at Shine Behavioral since April of 2018 and previously worked with the autism population for two years prior to finding her way to us at Shine! Working with and supporting children with autism and their families is where Chandlers heart lies. She is inspired by our clients and wonderful BCBAs daily, which has driven her to further pursue her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis through Capella University to become a BCBA. Chandler supports our management team with all daily tasks in the clinic as well as manages Shine’s proprietary social skills curriculum and works with our kiddos to help develop the skills necessary for success in their everyday life. Chandler loves working with kiddos of all ages and looks forward to helping to develop a program for our older clients here at Shine as we continue to grow.

Maia Persinger

Program Manager

Maia Persinger

Meet Maia, she holds her Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas as well as an associate’s degree in Biology. She has worked as a Registered Behavior Technician since 2020 after helping coach Special Olympics throughout college and high school. Maia is continuing her education in pursuit of a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She enjoys the constant learning environment and always-changing experience that working at Shine provides.

Currently, she is conducting research and writing articles for publication. Maia participates in a social justice lab that collaborates about cultural responsiveness and focuses on developing third-way approaches to common problems seen throughout behavior analysis. Her biggest goals are using non-aversive and constructional approaches to helping children learn new skills and adapt to difficult situations. In addition to contributing to the improvement of each child’s life, their families, and their communities.

Meredith Walmsley

Program Manager

Meredith Walmsley

Meredith was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended college at Baylor University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, sciences, and disorders (Speech Pathology). Meredith also holds her license as a Speech Language Pathology-Assistant where she worked in the home healthcare system for 7 years. During her time as an SLP-A she experienced first-hand the great need for the need for behavior specialists so she set off to earn her Master’s degree at Pepperdine University specializing in Behavioral Psychology. She is currently accruing hours to become a BCBA. Meredith thoroughly enjoys early intervention in order to promote developmental trajectories for children with disabilities and improve outcomes with regard to health, language, and cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Selina Perez

Curriculum Coordinator

Selina Perez

I have always been passionate about the care of children since I was a child myself. At age 13 I began to volunteer at my church to help out in the daycare and preschool and this brought me so much joy! At age 19 I became a preschool Assistant and met my first child on the spectrum, I then knew my heart was gone! It was my mission from that point on to understand and help children with ASD. Since then I have worked diligently to support this unique population and to grow my knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis to best support each client but also their entire family. I have been with Shine Behavioral since 2017, I started as a Behavior Therapist on the very first day they opened their doors! I then became a Registered Behavior Therapist and most recently a Curriculum Coordinator. In this role, I help to grow our clients learning abilities in a wide variety of ways as well as provide ABA therapy and support the full management team. I also support in training of all new therapists that come into Shine to pass on the love and expertise I have gained for this population. I have loved every learning experience I have been exposed to here at Shine and will continue to grow my knowledge base in ABA to best support our kiddos each and every day. In my home life, I take immense pride in being a wife to an amazing husband and the mother of a beautiful baby boy. Outside of Shine, I enjoy many hobbies such as outdoor activities, braiding hair, nails, and dancing.

Sensory Room

Sensory Room

At Shine we recognize the need for individuals to have a safe and calming environment available when they need a break. Therapy is a lot for children to process and sometimes they need a change of pace. Our sensory room is designed to provide a secure fun environment to allow children to decompress and just be themselves. Through exploratory play at their own leisure therapists can learn what the child likes and does not like, what calms and what overstimulates. This is a specially designed room which combines a range of stimuli to help engage the senses. We provide a wide variety of materials such as lights, colors, sounds, sack swings, and sensory objects to touch and feel in many different textures. Sensory environments can be extremely comforting and calming for overactive or distressed children. With their sensory needs met they can have a more productive therapy session and overall de-escalation of problem behaviors throughout the day.

Gym Style Playroom

Gym Style Open Play Room

Our large open gym style play area incorporates a trampoline, platform swing and ball pit as well as a myriad of mats and toys that provide exercise. Physical activity is an important supplement to behavioral therapy, it’s a great way to integrate therapy with social skills such as sharing and turn taking and it also allows sensory seekers to take a break, let off some steam and get out some of that restless energy. Let’s face it every kid just wants to have fun and our open play room provides a safe and fun environment where kids can be kids while still being in a 1:1 setting with a trained behavioral therapist. After a break in the gym a child is more able to focus on their behavioral therapy and for children with a high level of energy and physical need this area allows us to shape this behavior into a more focused productive and positive way to play.

Outdoor Play area

Outdoor Play Area

Another unique feature of Shine is our outdoor play area. All children have a need to “get the wiggles out” and in our ASD kiddos sometimes this need is even greater! Having the chance to get outside daily with their therapist in a safe environment is just another way we strive to shine and offer unique opportunities to generalize our ABA programs. This is another area to incorporate therapy, exercise and interaction which cuts back on problem behaviors and increases social skills. Come check it out!

Our Location

1205 B W Green Oaks Blvd
Arlington, Texas 76013
Phone: 817-457-3088
We are conveniently located in West Arlington, Texas.
Easily accessible from major highways I-30, I-20 and U.S. 287!
2.7 miles from I-30 | 4.2 miles from I-20 | 4.5 miles from U.S. 287

We work with children age 2-12 years of age.

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