Nicole Spiel, BCBA 

Pleasant Prairie Location Clinical Director, Safety Care Trainer & BCBA... 

Years of Experience:  3+ years

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

MA in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus in Autism

BS in Early Childhood Education with a focus in Special Education

Safety-Care Certified Trainer

Safety-Care for Families Certified Trainer

Fun Fact: 
She loves to constantly learn and grow from her four children and all the people she services.

"As the Clinical Director for after school programs and adult services, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Nicole.  I started in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2014 and at the time was introduced to ABA while working as a director in a daycare facility.  I had a parent introduce me to some basic systems of reinforcement and thought, “I need to learn more.”  I began implementing ABA in clinical, home and school settings for children with autism. My advisors helped me to grow a strong background in Verbal Behavior, Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), Antecedent Modification, and Assessment.


As I continued to grow my knowledge of the field I became more involved with teens and adults.  I began to familiarize myself with assessments and curriculums that focused on daily living, independence, generalization, social acceptance, and community based instruction. I believe that it’s important to not forget that ABA is a life style and we can apply these principles to everyone, even ourselves.  This belief and the support of my colleagues helped me to create a space at Sonnenberg where teens and adults can receive the services they need. "

More about Safety-Care

Safety-Care is designed to provide a set of skills and strategies that allow staff and families to provide safe and human support to clients who may at times exhibit disruptive or dangerous behaviors. 


The prevention and de-escalation interventions in Safety-Care are drawn from extensive clinical research on treatment of undesirable and dangerous behavior.  Specifically, they are drawn from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This research has developed powerful, non-coercive ways to prevent crises and teach desirable, functional alternatives to dangerous and disruptive behavior (Lennox, Rourke, & Geren, 2016).

Important Principles of Safety-Care:

·         Respect, dignity, and avoidance of coercion

·         Use of the least restrictive interventions that are safe and effective

·         Applicability to many settings, populations, and regulatory environments

·         Broad use of clinically proven, well accepted, evidence-based procedures

·         Functionally sound intervention that minimize inadvertent reinforcement of challenging behaviors