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The Behavior Team is made up of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Behavior Specialists, Registered Behavior Technicians and Behavior Educational Assistants. They assist in meeting the educational needs of Special Education students who demonstrate moderate to severe behavior problems in the school setting. They conduct functional behavior assessments, develop behavior intervention plans and conduct functional analysis when appropriate as well as provide trainings and program planning.
Name Title Phone Extension Email
Nicole Kanew BCBA (615) 893-5815 22158 
Katie Fann BCBA (615) 893-5815 22054
Janna Hood BCBA (615) 893-5815 22074 
Kecia Simmons Behavior Specialist (615) 893-5815 22062
Tracy George Behavior Specialist (615) 893-5815 22074 
Taylor Unklesbay Behavior Specialist (615) 893-5815 22064 
Melinda Pope Behavior Specialist (615) 893-5815 
Resources: Behavior

University of South Florida Family Engagement Page:


Contains resources across a variety of languages on teaching social/emotional skills, addressing problem behavior (found under “backpack connection”), family connection (teaching play skills), social stories, and general resources.  (Scroll to the bottom of the page)


Autism Speaks:


“Challenging Behaviors Toolkit” contains videos for parents to watch.


Child Mind Institute - Guide to problem behavior


Contains information on providing reinforcement for appropriate behaviors, setting boundaries/not delivering rewards for inappropriate behaviors, how to deliver instructions, and helping deal with emotions  


Cosmic Kids Yoga:


Videos are available on that promote yoga, movement/body awareness, mindfulness and relaxation designed for kids ages 3+

Resources: Autism

School Closure Autism Kit:


Autism Toolkit:


Educate Autism


Educate Autism is a website dedicated to helping those working with children with autism by providing free teaching materials, various tutorials to help you make your own teaching aidsand articles to provide information about teaching methods and behavioral principles. 


Autism Classroom: is an online resource for parents, educators and administrators about setting up classrooms, setting up home and teaching children with autism. provides free teaching materials, information on free and low-cost trainings and mobile apps.