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Dr. John Esch is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 30 years of experience as a psychologist, teacher, and consultant. He has worked with individuals of all ages whose diagnoses include autism spectrum disorders, emotional impairment, mental impairment, brain injury, hearing loss, learning disability, and ADHD/ADD. He is co-owner of Esch Behavior Consultants, LLC, a private consulting practice specializing in behavioral treatments that address severe disorders of behavior, speech, and language. His current research interest is in speech acquisition and his research on this topic is published in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He has given workshops and presentations in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia on topics that include verbal behavior, classroom management, functional assessments, challenging behaviors of difficult-to-manage students, vocal variability, and establishing ABA classrooms in public schools. Dr. Esch is the past chairperson for Florida’s Area 15 Local Review Committee where he was responsible for reviewing and approving behavior plans for persons with developmental disabilities. He earned a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Psychology Department at Western Michigan University and is currently one of its adjunct faculty members. Dr. Esch is a former faculty member in the Departments of Special Education and Psychology at the University of Costa Rica where he and another colleague introduced the first classes in Behavior Analysis.

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