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meet our team

Kourtney Souza

MS, BCBA, LBA

Kourtney is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at Training Wheels ABA, and brings eight years of experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Kourtney grew up in New England, where she first began her work with children. While pursuing a Bachelors degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Rhode Island College, Kourtney worked as a speech intern. This is where she first used the teaching and behavior methods of ABA. Kourtney continued on to gain experience in ABA as a Behavior Therapist working in both in-home and center-based clinical settings. This led her to Lexington, Massachusetts, where she worked as a student support instructor implementing the principles of ABA in a classroom setting.

Kourtney earned a Masters of Science from Saint Joseph’s University in Criminal Justice concentrated in Applied Behavior Analysis. For the past two and a half years Kourtney has lived in Austin, Texas, working with the Verbal Behavior Approach. She has a passion for Early Intervention and specializes in teaching through play. When Kourtney isn’t on the floor with the children, you can find her playing with her cat Scott. She enjoys creative writing, Pinterest, decorating, documentaries and traveling.

Shea Braumuller

M.ED., BCBA, LBA

Shea Braumuller is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at Training Wheels ABA, bringing 6 years of experience and expertise in working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

Shea received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College of Columbia University. Early in her career, Shea spent many years caring for children with disabilities at Pine Tree Camp in Maine. This experience ignited her passion for serving the special needs community. She then worked at Manhattan Children’s Center, a school on the Upper West side of Manhattan specializing in providing Applied Behavior Analysis services in a school setting. She discovered her love for the science and application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and decided to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin and become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Since earning her BCBA, Shea has worked with children with autism spectrum disorder both in-home and in center-based clinical settings.

Shea is dedicated to helping parents of a child on the spectrum maximize their child’s success and growth by providing extensive parent training, a robust family community, and an extensive network of support. Her goal is to provide the highest quality therapeutic services to support and maintain the language and skills of the children she serves, and to provide education, guidance, and community to parents and families of those with a loved one on the spectrum. In her free time, Shea enjoys baking, exercising, and exploring Austin’s restaurants and hiking trails.

Joshua Liemer

MS,BT

Josh is a Behavior Technician (BT) at Training Wheels ABA with five years of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Josh graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, where he also was a 4-year letter winner on the intercollegiate football team. As a senior he began working as a 1:1 ABA teaching assistant for Franziska Racker Centers, with consultation from the Carbone clinic. Upon leaving Ithaca, Josh worked at the JOWONIO school for children with special needs in Syracuse, New York, while earning a master’s degree at the University of Syracuse in Teaching and Curriculum, with a concentration in Special Education.

Once he was finished living in cold Central New York, Josh moved out to Tiburon, California to serve as full-time 1:1 ABA therapist and personal assistant to a 21-year old man with autism, working on social skills, recreational activities, and activities of daily living. In pursuit of his BCBA certification, Josh has been living in Austin, Texas for the past two and a half years, where he worked and learned the Verbal Behavior Approach as a Behavior Technician. He is currently earning his master’s degree in Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the University of Texas and will graduate in August 2020.

In his free time Josh loves to channel his inner former collegiate football player, playing intramural sports and attending UT Longhorn football games. When he isn’t playing sports, he likes to spend time at the park with his golden doodle Gatsby or catch up on the latest HBO or Netflix TV show.