Sunny Days Sunshine Center uses a multi-disciplinary approach of highly trained and qualified:
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Speech Therapists
- ABA Therapists
Our team consists of both full time and part time employees.
We pride ourselves in collaboration not only with each other, but with the family, school districts, and community.
In addition to our therapists, we have a team of intake coordinators, schedulers, billers, and receptionists whose main focus is to handle the administrative responsibilities so that the family can focus on their number one priority, their child’s success!
As Director of Sunny Days Sunshine Center, Dr. Lindsay Hilsen brings close to 20 years of experience with early childhood intervention and autism to the position. Previously, she worked as the Sunshine Center’s Autism Coordinator and the Autism Clinical Educator for Sunny Days Early Childhood Developmental Services, Inc. Prior to that Dr. Hilsen was the BCBA for a public school in New Jersey.
Among the many duties involved with running the Sunshine Center, Lindsay supervises all therapists, conducts ABA evaluations, and trains and supervises BCBA candidates. In addition, she will consult with the school districts, conduct observations, and assist with IEP meetings.
Lindsay received her Doctorate in Special Education through Nova Southeastern University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D) who holds two masters in Special Education and Education, as well as a certified NJ special education teacher and elementary education teacher. She is also the author of two Autism Curriculums: A Step-By-Step Curriculum for Early Learners with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and A Step-By-Step ABA Curriculum for Young Learners (ages 3-10) with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Ever since she was old enough to volunteer, Lindsay has had a passion for the field of special education. She believes that all children can make progress, regardless of their different abilities and styles of learning, and seeing that progress is her favorite part of her job. Because Lindsay’s oldest daughter has single-sided deafness, she knows firsthand that each and every child is capable and can overcome any challenge.
Allie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with children with autism and developmental delays since 2007. She has an undergraduate degree in Special Education and a graduate degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis-both degrees from Penn State.
Allie began working for Sunny days in 2014 as an ABA team leader. She also was the social skills coordinator for Sunshine Center. Allie then became the Autism Clinical Educator for Sunny Days and the BCBA for Sunshine Center. Currently Allie is the full time BCBA for Sunshine Center. Her responsibilities include evaluations and assessments, case management, social skills coordination, parent and therapist training. Prior to coming to Sunny Days and Sunshine Center, she was an ABA supervisor for a private company in Bergen County.
From a very young age, Allie has had the pleasure of learning from individuals with disabilities and has always had a passion for helping others. Before perusing a degree in Special Education, Allie has gained experience throughout the years by volunteering at residential facilities and The Dan Marino Center. Allie enjoys seeing progress in all of the individuals that she works with and loves celebrating when goals have been achieved, big or small!