Therapeutic Approach to Growth, Inc. believes that when given the appropriate support all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities have tremendous potential to become active participants in their community, have genuine relationships, and at times live independently.
For the best results, a collaborative team approach, requiring parent involvement and communication amongst professionals is recommended to ensure all team members effectively collaborate and approach the individual in a consistent manner.
Therapeutic Approach to Growth will make every effort to work together with parents, school districts, and other treatment providers to develop an individualized comprehensive treatment program that functions in the highest interest of our clients.
Established by Brooke Wagner, TAG provides a supportive and comprehensive approach and, therefore, uses a variety of methodologies based on her past experiences when providing recommendations.
Built on a set of fundamental core values that help with everyday decisions we make as a company, the members of our TAG family have adopted these values into the workplace as well as their everyday lives.
Every individual is unique and has the potential for significant growth. We assume and foster competence while honoring family values and priorities. Our holistic approach is built upon trusting, supportive relationships and collaboration between disciplines and families.
We believe that everyone has the ability to reach their full potential in life and that it all begins with a positive mindset and a willingness to grow! We encourage you to adopt our core values as a part of your life and be the positive impact in another person’s life.
We holistically build real world success through collaboration within our dedicated team and the families we serve.
We are passionate about looking beyond the behavior; honoring and respecting each individual as a unique gift.
We approach challenges and obstacles with positivity and resiliency.
We are devoted to building authentic, trusting relationships as a foundation for growth and to fostering each one with care.
We believe in all possibilities for our clients, ourselves, and our company.
Our Therapists & Guides
Brooke Wagner, CEO
Brooke Wagner, M. A. has supported individuals with special needs both locally and internationally since 2000. As a native to San Diego, she believes in supporting her local community through outreach opportunities, sharing information and resources and connecting with clients and those impacted with developmental delays on a human level. MORE
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University, a Masters Degree in Human Behavior from National University, and is an RDI® Program Certified Consultant. In addition, Brooke is an RDI® supervisor through RDIConnect in Houston, TX. In this role, she guides and supervises RDI® consultants in training through their supervision requirements. She has also received extensive training and experience in developing and implementing comprehensive programs utilizing RDI®, ABA, Floortime, PRT, PECS, How Does Your Engine Run?, Handwriting Without Tears, Social Stories, Touch Math, and TEACCH.
Brooke believes in a supportive and comprehensive approach and, therefore, uses a variety of methodologies based on her past experiences when providing recommendations. In addition, she finds it necessary to regularly communicate with all other specialized therapists (Speech, OT, PT, etc.). Brooke also served on the board of the San Diego Autism Society of America for four years and successfully directed the annual “Swing Away For the ASA” golf tournament fundraiser in 2007.
Gail Ludwig, Director of RDI® Services
Gail Ludwig, M.A. has been an RDI® Program Certified Consultant since 2008 and now leads the RDI® Consultant group at TAG. MORE
She is passionate about RDI® and how participation in the program can change lives! She has many years of experience working with families with children of all ages as well as guiding adults using RDI® principles. She strongly believes in a developmental approach that gives people a second chance to build social/emotional foundations. Her emphasis is on giving individuals with special needs the opportunities we all have to build strong relationships and learn from each other.
Her philosophy is based on establishing a trusting relationship with her clients and supporting them in a way that considers their needs and ability to receive feedback. She is a very caring person and works hard at supporting her clients to achieve their maximum potential.
Jackie Zaldua, Executive Director of Behavioral Therapies
Jackie Zaldua, MA, BCBA, is passionate about creating a culture for clients and employees that is respectful, compassionate, supportive, creative, and positive and where excellence, integrity and a Can-Do attitude are essential. As TAG’s Executive Director of Behavioral Therapies, Jackie serves as TAG’s leader for ABA therapies. MORE
This role includes overseeing TAG’s ABA services, developing TAG’s ABA Training Curriculum for employees and parents, providing supervision to case supervisors, consulting with clinicians when clients are in crisis, providing guidance for ethics concerns, developing clinical operations and health and safety procedures, providing quality control measures, and supporting staff morale and development. Jackie oversees the ABA programs in both the Miramar and Carlsbad locations. Jackie enjoys painting watercolors, decorating, gardening, and playing with her dog Teddy who often joins her Zoom sessions.
Kathryn Bovino, Clinical Director
As Clinical Director of TAG Temecula, Kathryn's mission has been to provide support through an individualized, developmental, relationship-based approach as she strives to incorporate strategies that encourage growth and empowerment for the child AND the parents, while creating a better quality of life for the whole family. MORE
Kathryn Bovino, M.A., BCBA is the Clinical Director at our TAG Temecula location. Kathryn has worked in the field of child development since 2000 and with families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other related challenges since 2004. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, with a Graduate Certificate in Autism, from Ball State University. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and has maintained certifications as a RDI® Program Consultant and Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS) since 2006, as well as a Therapy Dog Team Handler since 2014.
After managing her own developmentally focused practice for six years, Kathryn decided to join TAG in 2012. From the start, her mission has been to provide support through an individualized, developmental, relationship-based approach as she strives to incorporate strategies that encourage growth and empowerment for the child AND the parents, while creating a better quality of life for the whole family. Kathryn has worked as a developmental specialist in early intervention, as well as provided one on one support in home, center and school-based programs. She has taught in a private school and camps for autism, as well as designed, implemented, and supervised behavioral and relationship focused programs. Kathryn is also a certified yoga instructor and she began practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation in 2000. She maintains a certification in Life Balance Yoga Therapy and to teach Aerial Yoga. She applies strategies from her trainings into her programs at TAG, when appropriate. In addition, she strives to stay up to date on current research and applications within the field of autism, behavior analysis, as well as yoga and mindfulness. In 2019, she discovered Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and she immediately began to incorporate it. She actively participates in additional trainings and research of ACT and is excited to include this mindfulness based behavioral therapy approach within her work with TAG families.
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9466 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
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2035 Corte Del Nogal
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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27349 Jefferson Ave.
Temecula, CA 92590
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