Karla is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Animal Assisted Therapist in Wichita, Kansas. Karla has twenty years of experience working with children impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder with accompanying communication difficulties and challenging behavior. Karla is presently Assistant Director of Pediatric Services and a Behavioral Health Therapist at Heartspring, located in Wichita, Kansas. Karla takes a collaborative approach working with other disciplines within the organization, including Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, an Audiologist, and Applied Behavior Analysis professionals to meet the individual needs of the children served.
Josie—an AAPT approved dog—frequently accompanies Karla to help children and their caregivers build relationships, social skills, play skills, coping skills, and problem-solving skills. In a goal-driven context, the presence of Josie provides a creative and relaxed atmosphere for children and their parents to learn and grow. Kappy, a Golden Retriever is presently in training for her AAPT approval.
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