Behavior & Educational Consulting with a Behavior Specialist
Behavior Consultation for Residential Facilities, Schools, and Early Education
Based in Los Angeles, CA | Serving Clients Nationwide
"It is my mission to create a positive impact on the lives of everyone I work with. I dig deep, analyzing the root cause of a child's behavior, understanding the back story, and looking at the environment to create an individualized plan that leads to lasting change. I am the person who looks for the missing piece."
Gilda Panales is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), School Psychologist, and educational consultant with 11 years of experience working with clients with challenging behaviors in schools and residential settings. Her passion is in developing and monitoring behavioral programs and providing consultive services for families and staff.
She also provides early education behavior programs. This 10-week early intervention program is for children ages 0-8 years old who display challenging behaviors at school (i.e., defiance, disruption, impulsivity, physical aggression, etc.), which interfere with their learning and social-emotional development.
Behavior Consultation Services
Behavior Consultation Services for Residential Facilities & Schools
Behavior consultation services help your team improve their understanding and management of behaviors in various settings.
We also offer training for conducting Functional Behavior Assessments.
Parent Consultation for Behavior & Social-Emotional Challenges
Behavior consultations provide families with valuable behavioral strategies to reduce challenging behaviors at home, school, and in the community.
We also offer a 10-week program for children 0-8 years old where we go into the daycare or school to provide onsite behavior intervention. This program includes direct work with your child as well as coaching for staff and teachers.
We will help you determine the best program for your needs during our initial conversation.
Educational Advocacy & Individualized Education Program (IEP) Review
Parent education and advocacy helps parents comprehend their child's diagnosis and formulate a plan. We also connect parents with resources, support, and behavior services.
We assess and review IEP documents and evaluations to ensure the recommended school services align with your child's specific needs so parents can effectively advocate for their child.
Gilda Panales, M.S., BCBA/OBM
Board-Certified Behavior Analyst
Gilda is an experienced behavior consultant with a background in counseling and school psychology. Throughout her career, she has directly assessed and supported individuals with behavioral challenges, developed and overseen the implementation of behavior programs, and collaborated with other professionals and staff members to improve treatment outcomes.
Additionally, Gilda has conducted Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), coached teachers about classroom management and behavior plan implementation, supervised registered behavior technicians (RBTs), consulted on behavioral cases, and provided group trainings on topics such as Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) and behavior plan implementation.
With over a decade of experience as a school psychologist and behavior specialist, Gilda began working as a behavior consultant for adolescents and adults who display property destruction, suicidal ideations, self-injurious behaviors, and aggression in group homes. She found that her work widely decreased negative
behaviors and injuries to both staff members and clients, and her clients went on to lead more independent and productive lives. This led her to pursue advanced certification in Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) and start her own business, Behavior Specialist Services, to better serve individuals and organizations nationwide.
At Behavior Specialist Services, Gilda uses her expertise to help clients of all ages gain the social-emotional and behavioral skills that they need to thrive in their community. Reach out today to learn more about how Gilda can support you in achieving your goals.
Education & Certifications:
B.S. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach
M.S. in Counseling (School Psychology Option) from California State University, Los Angeles
Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential
Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) Credential
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Certified Instructor of Nonviolent Physical Crisis Intervention (CPI)
Organizational Behavioral Management (OBM)