Our Staff

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XciteSteps San Diego ABA Interventionists are the highest qualified and best trained in the field.  We strive to hire individuals with strong and diverse backgrounds, who together can provide the most naturalistic and well-rounded therapy to each and every client.  They are enthusiastic, energetic, skilled professionals, who have a passion for working with children, teens, and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

It is Xcite Steps’ top priority to ensure our Interventionists have extensive training and experience, which is why Xcite Steps requires that all incoming Interventionists must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, special education, or a related field, and most of our Interventionists come with at least one year of practical experience.  Unique to Xcite Steps, many of our interventionists are in the process of furthering their education in the field, pursuing advanced degrees, completed an advanced Master’s Degree, and/or BCBA Certification.

Xcite Steps’ Supervisors are held to the highest standards as well. Our Supervisors must possess a Master’s Degree in psychology, education, or a related field, and their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  All of our supervisors are required to have at least two years of related experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and expertise in approaches to intervention based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Xcite Steps is made up of a team of the most highly trained mental health providers in San Diego County.  Every new employee at Xcite Steps undergoes an intensive, 3-day, 24-hour series of in-person training modules before working with any child.  Each of the three days is broken down into different topics with a combination of direct lecture training, group activities, and role-play to ensure our Interventions can generalize and apply skills learned.  At the end of each training day, the trainees take a quiz, which they must pass with 95% accuracy in order to advance to the next day.  After initial training is completed, all of our Interventionists are required to complete monthly on-going staff development trainings that include topics such as Differential Reinforcement, Establishing Operations, Functional Analysis, Advanced Play Skills, Behavior Mapping, Sensory Strategies, and Prompting.  In addition to our rigorous training schedule, Xcite Steps conducts bi-yearly performance reviews to ensure that our Interventionists are maintaining optimal performance levels.  All Xcite Steps ABA clinical staff members are trained on a wide range of evidence-based treatment modalities to utilize across settings, including:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Behavior Modification
  • Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
  • Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • ProACT

In addition, upon beginning employment with Xcite Steps, and prior to any interaction with children, every staff member must undergo a full Livescan and FBI background check to be cleared for service.  Xcite Steps takes great concern in the safety of their clients and takes great pride in the quality of the services provided.  Each interventionist at Xcite Steps reflects those values.

Our Services are available in the following areas:

San Diego (North)

  • Oceanside
  • Carlsbad
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • San Marcos
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Escondido
  • Vista

San Diego (Central)

  • La Jolla
  • Clairemont
  • Downtown
  • Poway
  • Mira Mesa
  • Coronado

East County

  • Santee
  • Lakeside
  • La Mesa
  • Spring Valley
  • El Cajon
  • Paradise Hills

South Bay

  • Eastlake
  • Chula Vista
  • National City
  • Bonita
  • Imperial Beach
  • Otay Mesa

Temecula Region

  • Murrieta
  • Lake Elsinore
  • Menifee
  • Fallbrook