We are coming up on our three year anniversary here at Creating Brighter Futures and we are so excited about where we are as a company! We have purchased a new building and are currently working on renovations to make it the best ABA center in the area. One of the big reasons we purchased a larger building is so that we can not only grow our current Early Intervention program, but so we could also expand our services to offer an Adolescent program! In addition to finding the proper space to house our program, we also went on the hunt to find the perfect person to help us develop our program into the all-encompassing vision of Creating Brighter Futures. We are happy to announce that we have found the perfect fit in David Barton, BCBA. We are so excited to have him join our team and to introduce him to you. We sat down together to have him answer a few questions for you to start to get to know him.
Can you tell us a little bit about your experience in the field? I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst specializing in school-aged individuals with an array of behavioral needs. Previously, I was the center clinical director at Firefly Autism in Denver, CO where I oversaw the clinical operations of the center’s early childhood program as well as the school age and young adult programs. We worked with individuals from 18 months through 21 years old. I have been working with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2010, and love being a BCBA!
Why have you chosen to work with individuals with Autism? I find great joy in working with individuals that see the world through a different lens. It has been my experience that with an evidence based plan and strategic programming, huge gains in functional skills can be made in a short period of time. I am passionate about making functional gains that will serve an individual for their entire life.
Where are you originally from? What made you move to Michigan? I was born and raised near Denver, CO. I attended the University of Colorado for my BA and the University of Denver for my Master’s Degree. My wife recently was offered a wonderful job here in Ann Arbor, so we decided to make the move. I have some roots in Ann Arbor as my Grandfather changed his last name from “Bortugno” to “Barton” after receiving his M.D. here in Michigan and enjoying his visits to Barton Pond.
What made you choose to want to work with Creating Brighter Futures? I was fortunate enough to contact several friends in the area who all recommended CBF. After taking a tour, and seeing firsthand what CBF is all about, I felt that I would be a great fit. I personally love the small town feel and the ability that CBF has to make strong lasting impacts on individuals’ lives.
What are you most excited about in your new role at CBF? I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to start an ABA based adolescent program for a community that needs adolescent-specific programming ranging from social skills to functional life skills. I feel that with the solid foundation that CBF already has with its early childhood programming, this program will help create behavioral treatment and a therapy package that will be seamless and consistent throughout individuals’ adolescent years.
Please join us in welcoming David Barton to the CBF Family! Feel free to shoot him an email and say hi at firstname.lastname@example.org