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!

Lisa Bradley

Office Director

Lisa Bradley
Meet Lisa, Our Office Director at Shine, she came to us all the way from Ohio working in the corporate sector and needing a bigger purpose behind the work she does…to make her ripple in the ocean, one that is felt. Having a grandson with autism makes her assignment here at Shine very personal. She brings many years of administrative leadership experience managing contract and vendor agreements as well as managing monthly client invoicing and reports. Her skills also include supervising and training call center staff to ensure system integrity was well maintained and customer service was held to a high standard. She loves reading, shopping (who doesn’t lol), spending time with family and has a passion for making people believe they can do anything. She’s an avid fan of Jeopardy. She is intrigued by learning new things and jumps at the opportunity to delve into those things to gain understanding. One of her favorite quotes is “in all your getting, get understanding”. Bringing both “people skills” and corporate skills to the table, her intention is to be a complete asset to the collaboration of parents, fellow employees and ownership.

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.

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

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.

Raymond Trimble

Senior Program Manager

Raymond Trimble

Raymond is Originally from California and moved here to Texas in December of 2017 and has been with us here at Shine Behavioral ever since!

Ray has always enjoyed helping people and working with children, be began working with children early on in high school coaching youth wrestling. This is where Ray had his first experience working with a child diagnosed with ASD. He was on the youth wrestling team and I had the honor of being his coach. Seeing him, as well as many other children that I interacted with over the years accomplish their goals was always inspiring for me. After high school, Ray started working as a teacher’s assistant for special education classroom. For many years Ray worked with individuals with severe emotional regulation diagnoses. During his time as a teachers aid, Ray had the chance to work with many different types of disabilities and a wide variety of age groups. Ray then went on to work in a life skills school setting where the focus was to take students into the community to work. During this time, Ray knew that autism would become his career focus. After much research Ray discovered ABA and started with in-home behavior therapy in CA. Rays passion for ABA has always Shined through, in 2019, he was promoted to a Program Manager position here with us, in this role he also became our lead trainer as he is a natural teacher. Ray has his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at National University and is looking forward to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Ray’s hobbies are quite diverse he does handy work at the center, he worked for some time as a tattoo artist and is an overall gifted artist and painter (check out his mural here at Shine Behavioral Academy)!

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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