ABA Next Steps provides a vocational training program that promotes community inclusion and social interaction utilizing the coffee shop as a teaching platform. These new skills will lead to a more independent and productive lifestyle for teens and young adults diagnosed with Autism and other developmental differences. We target individuals who struggle with finding meaningful employment.
We pride ourselves on providing perfectly created coffee drinks. We work with Vienna Coffee Company to source our freshest and tastiest coffee.
Our meaningful day program offers individual and small group training focused on developing social skills, vocational skills and life skills to prepare our student interns for adulthood. This program is for those whose intake and assessment results show that a best fit is our full day program that runs in 8 week blocks year round from 8-2:30 Monday -Friday. This program is designed to last 1 to 4 years, depending on the needs of the learner
Our focused vocational training partial day program offers individual and small group training focused on developing professional and vocational skills to prepare learners to work independently. This program is for those whose intake and assessment results show that a best fit is our partial day program that runs in 8 week blocks year round from 8-10 am Monday -Friday for opening block with second block 12:30-2:30 for closing block. This program is designed to last about 2 blocks, depending on the needs of the learner
Download and fill out the intake form and email or send it back.
The intake form will be reviewed by our Clinical Manager who will call to schedule a visit.
Come visit! Bring your prospective student intern to the coffee shop. Explore the options and learn more about the program.
Think your a good fit? Fill out the enrollment form and return it to us.
If accepted you will receive a letter with a start date!
Return form to:
or mail to:
16239 Hwy 70 E
Lenoir City TN 37772
All programs are Vocational Rehabilitation approved
Tuition assistance available
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis is a research based, scientific approach to understanding behavior. ABA applies evidence-based interventions which are data driven to shape behavior and improve quality of life for individuals with an ASD or other developmental delay. Assessments help identify skill gaps and maladaptive behaviors to target for treatment. ABA is frequently used as an intervention tool for children with Autism. ABA Next Steps will generalize this tool to teens and young adults.
What is a BCBA?
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior-analytic services.
What is an RBT ?
Registered Behavior Technician
The Registered Behavior Technician® (RBT®) is a paraprofessional certification in behavior analysis. RBTs assist in delivering behavior analysis services and practice under the direction and close supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA, who are responsible for all work RBTs perform.
Angela Lee, MEd, BCBA, LBA
Angela has a Master's Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism. She then obtained her BCBA certification and is licensed in Tennessee to practice ABA.
She has 4 children, one of whom was born with Down's Syndrome, her inspiration to create this project. She also has 2 grandchildren whom she adores.
Ms Calleiro has been a certified teacher for over 12 years. She obtained her Bachelor's of Psychology and Human Services in 2008 (BS) and Master's of Teaching (MAT) in 2013. She has a wealth of additional experience in business and finance. She is not only a special needs teacher, but also a parent to a 17-year-old, diagnosed with Phelan Mcdermid syndrome which manifests as Autism Disorder. Her daughter is thriving because of ABA therapy, teachers, and an extensive partnership with community resources. Ms. Calleiro is known for her creative learning designs.
Teacher Assistant/ Behavior Technician.
Faith runs the coffee shop and trains our student interns in vocational skills such as how to make the food and drinks we serve as well as how to greet customers and take orders. Faith is currently in college studying to become a teacher.
Irina Popova, MA
Irina serves on the board as a support for Angela having had experience working with individuals with developmental delay and vocational training. Irina currently works as a real estate agent in Knoxville, has served 8 years in the Special needs community and as a behavior Technician, and continues to be an avid volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Knoxville and her local church. She is ready to see how the Knoxville community will be changed by our coffee shop as well as seeing the lives of our newest employees be changed as well.