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About Selma

Selma Martinez, M.S.Ed., BCBA, CDT

Selma Martinez, M.S.Ed., BCBA, CDT

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Certified Developmental Therapist
EI, Credentialed Behavior Analyst, EI


  • Masters in Early Childhood Special Education (M.S.Ed.)

  • Certified Developmental Therapist, State of Illinos Early Intervention approved

  • 1 of less than 20 IL State approved and fully-credentialed Early Intervention BCBA

Why are these two credentials important for you to know?

Because becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) …

  • Requires 0 college coursework in Education!

  • Requires 0 formal teaching experience

  • Requires 0 coursework in childhood development (either typical or atypical)

Hello and thank you for taking the time to learn about ABA Chicago, Inc.

I opened ABA Chicago, Inc. in 1993, when Applied Behavior Analysis was just beginning to find its acceptance as effective treatment for autism. Having experience as a 1:1 therapist, consultant, clinic director, educator, advocate and other professional roles has contributed to how I would define excellence in autism treatment. I understand that excellence in treatment is more than education, experience and science.

Excellence in autism treatment has a lot to do with putting together a team that is committed to being a part of a child’s progress. I have focused on building a team that sets us apart from others by having a team that loves working with ASD children.

Having a team that is committed and focused on supporting each other through communication and dedication.

Although we are a small organization I am proud to say that my team is eager to evolve as professionals and are committed to continued success!

Best Regards,
Selma Martinez, M.S.Ed, BCBA, CDT

Direct experience

  • Over 2,000 hours of direct 1:1 treatment
  • Serviced over 100 patients, with direct (hand-on) teaching of over 20 clients with at least 12 hours per week with each client. I got to know the daily struggles of parents and reasonable expectations of all team members involved.
  • Opened the first private school in Illinois which focused solely on Verbal Behavior​
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