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Stacie Rulison


Stacie Rulison, M.S., M.Ed., BCBA, LBA (Co-owner of Balance MI-Skills, Inc.) 

Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst

UCLA PEERS Curriculum Certified 

Stacie has facilitated many teen, school-based, after school, parent, university-based, and adult workshops and group classes. She is certified in the UCLA PEERS curriculum, and has expanded content and data collection based on clinical assessment. All social communication training is an evidence-based framework integrating behavioral and cognitive methodologies with didactic and Socratic instruction, live and video modeling, rehearsal, coaching and feedback, and pre and post data collection. Individual sessions are also facilitated to enhance social, communication, and adaptive skill knowledge in a more intensive setting. 

Stacie has a diverse background both clinically and in business. She started her career with a large corporation where she worked as a global delivery leader, account and project manager, human resource administrator, and financial manager. She began her clinical studies after her son was diagnosed with autism and thrived with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programming. She changed careers obtaining her master's degree in special education with a focus in autism and ABA. She also completed her credentialing and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and is a Michigan Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). She has worked in a variety of setting including education, clinical, residential and with children, adolescents, and adults in behavior management and skill acquisition.

Stacie currently is consultant for:

  • Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Special Education (OSE) leading the development of the Family Matters resources, participating on the MDE P-20 Family Engagement committee and leading the Transitions subcommittee; working on various disability-related projects including an Employment First Stakeholder and Implementation Committee, focused on Seamless Transition of best practices in transition from school to work

  • Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) working on family support resources, literacy, sexuality, and other projects

  • Private consultation with families and other providers

Stacie's previous employment experience:

  • Autism and Behavior Consultant, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

  • Autism and Behavior Consultant, Clinton Eaton Ingham (CEI) Community Mental Health (CMH)

  • Autism and Behavior Consultant, Ingham Intermediate School District (IISD)

  • Vice President Operations and Programming, Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM)

  • Behavior Therapist, Henry Ford Health System

  • Statewide presentations on autism, behavior and ABA, self-advocacy, and parent engagement and education

Additional roles:

  • Governor-appointed Michigan Autism Council as the parent representative and secretary since 2012, chairs the adult committee for the Michigan Autism Council

  • Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC): Michigan Alliance for Families representative

  • Development team for the Michigan ASD State Plan

  • Mid-Michigan Autism Association Board, and participates on numerous committees and boards related to autism and other disabilities

  • Active in the Michigan Autism Insurance benefit that passed legislation in 2012

Presentations:  Stacie has created and delivered numerous presentations and training sessions on topics including:

  • Autism:  about autism, impact to the individual, features and characteristics, data and prevalence, diagnostics, systems of care and support, family impact and management, safety and crisis planning for law enforcement, education, and families


  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): 

    • Overview, principles, how behavior principles are constantly in motion in our daily lives, why it works well with individuals with autism, skill acquisition, behavior management and functional behavior assessments (FBAs)

    • Training of paraprofessionals, special education, and general education staff

    • Application of ABA in homes, clinical, educational, and community settings

    • Families use of ABA in daily interactions with their child with autism

    • Self-Advocacy and Autism: presents with son with autism who created his own presentation and shares his strengths, challenges, and ways others can support him and his autism

  • Diverse Venues including:

    • American Academy of Pediatrics, Michigan Chapter, Grand Rapids, MI.  Evidence Based Interventions  and ABA for Autism

    • Community Mental Health Agencies (Clinton, Eaton, Ingham; Macomb; Saginaw). Behavior Strategies for Autism for Families

    • Covenant Hospital, Women's Health Conference, Saginaw, MI.  Using Evidence Based Treatment Protocols in Treating Autism

    • Flint Public Schools, Flint, MI. Paraprofessional Training ABA

    • Ingham Intermediate School District, Dansville Schools, Dansville, MI. Paraprofessional Training in ABA

    • Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, Kalamazoo, MI. Self-Advocacy and a 12-Year Old with Autism

    • Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, Traverse City and Lansing, MI. Evidence Based Treatments for Autism; Self Advocacy in Action

    • Michigan Autism Conference, Adults Services and Autism; Family Involvement and Education, Kalamazoo, MI

    • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dept of Pediatrics, E. Lansing, MI. Evidence Based Practice Interventions and Offering Universal Supports-Patients and Families

    • U.S. Department of Defense, Battle Creek, MI. Updates on Autism in Michigan

    • Sparrow Health System, Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, and Pediatric Inpatient, Lansing, MI (3 individual presentations) on Autism in Michigan, Evidence Based Treatment, Universal Supports, and ABA for Autism Intervention

    • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Self-Advocacy and Parent Perspectives of Autism (9 different presentations)

    • Numerous presentations statewide on the Michigan Autism Benefit to families, professionals, educators, and public agencies

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