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.
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, Clinical Director
Gail supervises the speech therapy program and does occasional HANDLE™ screenings. Gail is very passionate about her work and has experience with clients of all ages.
Gail Ludwig, M.A., is an RDI® program certified consultant, a licensed speech/language pathologist and certified HANDLE™ screener. Graduating with a Master’s in Speech Pathology in 1982, she has been a practicing speech/language pathologist for over 30 years. She received her RDI® certification in 2008 and became a HANDLE™ screener in 2009. Presently, she primarily works as an RDI® consultant for TAG, Inc., however, she also supervises their speech therapy program and does occasional HANDLE™ screenings. Because of her extensive experience and trainings, she is able to look at clients in a comprehensive way which considers their communication strengths and challenges, relationship obstacles and sensory motor functioning. Lastly, she has several years of experience supporting students in their school setting, acting as a consultant to school staff and supervising school shadows.
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
As Executive Director of Behavioral Therapies, Jackie emphases the use of a naturalistic approach, a trusting relationship between tutor and child, and developmentally appropriate practice. Jackie provides ABA training for TAG staff, oversight of treatment plans, and provides supervision for our Registered Behavior Technicians in training.
Jackie Zaldua, M.A., BCBA, has specialized in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) since 2002. She is passionate about utilizing a comprehensive approach to working with children and families impacted by autism and has a strong background in supervising developmentally based behavioral programs as well as expertise as a staff development specialist and certified Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) trainer. In 2012, Jackie joined the TAG, Inc. team. As Clinical Director of TAG Carlsbad, she is honored to provide clinical supervision and support to our dedicated staff. Jackie truly enjoys seeing each client develop both as individuals and in their family relationships as they experience growth on many levels.
Jackie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science (2002) and a Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling-Early Childhood Education (2003) from California State University, Northridge. Her background and training in child development was consistent with the RDI® philosophy and she obtained her RDI certification in 2010. Jackie had the privilege of receiving her RDI® clinical training by Dr. Rachelle Sheely, co-founder of the RDI® program. As an RDI® Consultant, Jackie finds great joy in teaching parents and educators how to foster their child’s developmental growth in key areas such as emotional engagement, joint attention, co-regulation, social communication, self-awareness, personal goal setting, and real-world problem solving. She values teaching parents how to build strong relationships with their child and encourages parents to engage in self-care so that they can maintain a healthy guiding role for their child.
In 2014, Jackie obtained her credential as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She completed BCBA coursework from the University of Northern Texas. As a BCBA, she is skilled in implementing Functional Behavior Assessments, analyzing patterns of behavior, developing measurable treatment plans that utilize positive proactive support strategies and analyzing data to measure goal progress. Furthermore, she emphases the use of a naturalistic approach, a trusting relationship between tutor and child, and developmentally appropriate practice. Jackie provides ABA training for TAG staff, oversight of treatment plans, and provides supervision for our Registered Behavior Technicians in training.
It is important to distinguish that the Crisis Prevention Intervention and Relationship Development Intervention Certifications are not behavior-analytic in nature and are not covered by the BACB credential.
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.
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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