About Us

Autism Services of Kansas is comprised of individuals who are passionate about working together to improve the lives of the children and families they serve by using evidence-based interventions, founded on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

We are dedicated to helping children and their families. You can begin to get to know our consultants and experience here.

Melissa Cline M.S. Ed, L-BCBA

Co-Owner of Autism Services of Kansas

Melissa has had a desire to help children with autism throughout her adult life. She has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 months and 10 years old in all settings (clinical, school, home and community). Melissa has worked as an in home ABA therapist, a clinical ABA therapist, Special Education Teacher for children with a variety of disabilities, a center based Special Education Teacher for children with autism and an Autism Specialist. She continues to pursue her passion of working with young children with autism in the Lawrence area. She works with children and their families in the home, school, and community setting.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Kansas Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Missouri Behavior Analyst
  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Kansas Positive Behavior Support Facilitator
  • Elementary Education Teacher K-6 (Kansas)
  • Adaptive Special Education Teacher K-6 (Kansas)
  • Certified to conduct supervision for BCBAs, BCaBAs and RBTs
  • Advanced Coursework in ABA (University of North Texas)
  • Master’s Degree in Adaptive Special Education with emphasis Autism (University of Kansas)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (Baker University)

Eileen Madelen M.S. Ed, L-BCBA

Co-Owner of Autism Services of Kansas

While attending graduate school, Eileen began to work with a child with Autism using Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities between the ages of 3 and 15 years old within the home, school, and community settings. Eileen worked for over five years in a Middle School as a Special Education Teacher in a center based classroom from children with autism, an ABA therapist in the home setting and an Autism Specialist. She works as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the Kansas City Metro area, working with children in the home, school, and community setting.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Kansas Behavior Analyst
  • Licensed Missouri Behavior Analyst
  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Elementary Education Teacher preK-9 (Kansas)
  • Adaptive Special Education Teacher preK-12 (Kansas)
  • Certified to conduct supervision for BCBAs, BCaBAs and RBTs
  • Advanced Coursework in ABA (University of North Texas)
  • Master’s Degree in Adaptive Special Education with emphasis Autism (University of Kansas)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (Kansas State University)

Bryan Yanagita, M.A.

Consultant

Bryan knew that Applied Behavior Analysis was what he wanted to do for a career as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked with children with Autism using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in an on-campus Autism clinic. After attending graduate school, Bryan continued to work with young children as a graduate supervisor in an inclusive classroom. He has experience creating, implementing, and overseeing ABA programs for children across a variety of developmental abilities and settings.

  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science (University of Kansas)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Behavior Analysis (University of Wisconsin-Eau-Claire)

Alisha Kidd, M.S., BCBA

Consultant

During her undergraduate experience Alisha began working in the home setting with a child with autism. She instantly became interested in early intensive behavioral intervention and followed her interest to pursue that path. Alisha has provided ABA services for children ages 2-8 in the Kansas City and surrounding areas in home, preschools and community settings.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Kansas Autism Specialist
  • Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Science (Ball State University)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Hearing (University of Kansas)