Melissa Kenyon, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA
Owner, Autism Mom, Behavior Analyst, Special Education Teacher, and Advocate

Melissa Kenyon, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA

Melissa Kenyon is a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) and her area of competency is with children, teens, and young adults with Emotional Behavior Disorders, Autism, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, ODD, Trauma, and other mental health diagnosis. Melissa provides individual and group social/emotional instruction, cognitive behavior therapy, home intervention plans, family/community trainings, and additional behavioral services. Melissa has worked as a middle school self-contained, special education teacher for six years specializing in students with emotional behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorder, mental health, and trauma. She continues her advocacy and passion educating teachers and administrators as a special education facilitator working directly with the district and Juvenile Justice supporting the behavioral and continuing education schools. Melissa has dedicated herself to the University of Nevada Las Vegas since 2004 receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling (2008), a masters degree in Special Education (2015), and a post masters sequence in Applied Behavior Analysis (2019). Melissa is a mother to two boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has navigated special education, community resources, and therapy services as a parent which has given her a more empathetic and therapeutic approach when assisting parents alike.

Deidre Bowie M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst 

Deidre received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Family & Consumer Sciences. While doubling as a camp counselor for young children with a variety of developmental disabilities and providing in-home ABA services to children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, she found her passion for working closely with families to ensure the most enriched, safe, and stimulating environment for individuals living with disabilities. Deidre went on to pursue her master’s degree in ABA at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she broadened her experience further by working closely with adolescents and adults in community, and group-home settings, focusing on functional communication, social, and leisure skills. Deidre’s work emphasizes both collaboration and individualized treatment goals for all of her clients. As a BCBA, Deidre hopes to also facilitate a safe place for her clients and their families to feel heard and empowered through personal and shared experiences.

Kristain S. Thompson M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst 


Kristain has been working in the field for 10 years. She worked for 8 years as an RBT working with a variety of behavioral severities, dual/multi-diagnoses, communication delays, communication impaction and adaptive deficits. She earned her BCaBA in 2018 and worked as a BCaBA for for 2 years, allowing her to build upon her knowledge and experience base. She graduated with her master’s  degree in Science for Special Education from National University, as well as with a second master’s degree in Education and Curriculum with an emphasis in ABA from Arizona State University. As having the personal experience to navigate the family life of a sibling with Autism, Kristain specializes in parent training and coaching. Kristain aspires to make sure everyone on the client’s ABA team is collaborating in the process and concerns are addressed with listening to parent(s)s/family needs within her treatment plans. When she isn’t working, she is spending time with her son.

Service Providers and Resources

Speakeasy Therapy Services

Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy

KELLEY CARTER – MS, CCC-SLP, COM™️ (Owner/Executive Driector)


Our mission is to provide information on therapies, support services,  and resources for families and individuals impacted with autism spectrum  disorder (ASD) and related disorders. We provide programs, events,  community outreach, support, guidance and opportunities to meet others  with similar needs and concerns.

UNLV Ackerman Autism Center

Mario Gaspar De Alba, M.D., F.A.A.P. Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Fax: 702-895-0074