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July 16, 2024

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Nashville ABA Professionals to Receive New Education and Connection Opportunities – and it is FREE

Announcing The Wellspring Professional ABA Series

Wellspring Learning Centers is introducing an innovative, new program designed to help all ABA professionals working with children in Nashville. With an ABA center in Belle Meade and a new location opening this summer in Antioch, Wellspring has decided to venture into a new autism service … The Wellspring Professional ABA Series. This educational series is the brainchild of Wellspring’s clinical leaders. They share a mission to provide further education AND social connection events that will make the Nashville ABA Professional Community stronger and more vibrant.

The debut event is Thursday, April 4th at 5:30 p.m. at Nashville Children’s Theatre. The Arc TN will teach about the basics of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for autism, the TN pulse system, and how autism professionals can work together as advocates for families navigating the school system. The training is free to all attendees as well as parking at the theatre.  Wellspring will host a Connection Mixer afterwards at The Goat SoBro with hors d’oeuvres.

“Our mission at Wellspring is to Take ABA Learning to the Next Level”, says Gerardo Castillo, Director of Operations for Wellspring Learning Centers. “We challenge ourselves every day to find ways to improve the care we provide children on the spectrum, both in our centers and on a larger scale within the extended ABA therapy community. We believe well-trained, enthusiastic professionals are the key to making that happen.”

“When our BCBAs came to me with the idea to create a series of events designed to facilitate meaningful training and foster social connections in Nashville among ABA professionals, I was all ears”, says Eric Yetter, Wellspring owner and CEO. “That’s the way we approach our services … we are in this for all ABA professionals and for all children on the spectrum, not just those in our centers. We know that strengthening our profession and building camaraderie among its people is an investment worth pursuing.”

According to Dacey Carr, Wellspring’s Community Outreach Manager, the new series has been extremely well received. “We’ve been spreading the word through social media and visiting ABA centers throughout Nashville. Our peers love the idea of the Professional ABA Series. They are excited that we have taken a traditional educational offering and supplemented it with a social connection opportunity, allowing BCBAs to get to know each other and share their experiences and ideas.”

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According to Yetter, Nashville has a very strong autism support community. “I got into this business because I saw the critical service it  provides families with children on the autism spectrum, and in the process I have had the opportunity to meet many great ABA leaders in Nashville. I think we have a unique situation here because there are so many advocates investing in our kids who are ready to take our community’s autism services to the next level. We thank the teams at Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Parent, The Arc Tennessee and Mindful Voices Autism Consulting for helping us launch Wellspring’s new Professional ABA Series.”

To learn more about The Wellspring Professional ABA Series and upcoming events, call Dacey Carr at 615-237-2416.



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.