Research-Based Educational, Behavioral & Mindfulness Services
Parenting can be hard, but it doesn't have to be and I'm here to show you how. Through identifying what inspires and motivates your child, we will create a Parenting Plan unique to your family's needs, so you can have the easy-going, harmonious and connected family you have always dreamed of!
Kids often have challenging behaviors that can be difficult to address. Whether your child is screaming at the top of their lungs at a family BBQ, hitting their siblings in the car, or not following directions in class - it can be extremely difficult to know what to do and how to make it stop. I specialize in helping children, parents, and educators navigate these common behavior concerns:
- Verbal Refusal/Screaming
- Using Inappropriate Language
- Non-Compliance/Not Listening
- Talking Back
- Lack of Motivation
- Self-Injurious Behaviors
- Sibling Rivalry
- Running Away
- Developmental Delays
- Potty Training Delays
Parenting is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging jobs out there. Children can test your patience, perseverance, and your relationship with your partner. The good news is there are tips and strategies that will limit your frustration, fear, and embarrassment in these moments. The Parenting Plans I provide are helpful for all parents, especially:
- Parents with different parenting styles.
- Parents of children with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Parents in high-conflict divorce situations.
- Parents who just want additional parenting tips or courses (ex. potty training, developing sleep routines, handling strong emotions, communicating effectively).
It's not uncommon for kids to engage in disruptive behaviors at school, as well. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), I provide a variety of services to help school teams better understand students' disruptive behaviors, what motivates children to engage in disruptive behaviors, and how to best address them when they arise. These services include:
- Completing Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA)
- Designing Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)
- Collaborating with school teams and parents during 504 Plan/IEP Meetings
- Providing Staff Trainings
- Supervising 1:1 ABA aides/behavior interventionists
Join me for one of our Online & In-Person Parenting Classes. All classes are court-approved and come with a certificate upon completion.
Jennifer Pla, M.Ed., BCBA, RYT
Education & Behavior Specialist
Hi! I’m Jen, an Education & Behavior Specialist & Parenting Coach with over 22 years of experience working with thousands of children and families all over the world. I know how much you love your child and how isolating, overwhelming and stressful it can be to be a parent in today’s world. I’m here to remind you that you are capable of having the beautiful, connected, and loving family you have always dreamed of!
As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (BS) and Master's Degree in Special Education (M.Ed.), I have the skills and knowledge to assess and create a Family Alignment Plan unique to your family’s needs. Areas we can work on include behavior challenges, academic delays, difficulties with focus and attention, limited independence, troubled friendships, and all things related to potty training. There is really no area of development we cannot work on together and I will be there to guide you every step of the way! These plans are also extremely helpful for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, ODD, Emotional Disturbance and Language Delays.
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA)
- Positive Behavior Intervention Services (PBIS)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Certification
- Registered Yoga Teacher for Adults (RYT)
- Registered Yoga Teacher for Children (RYTC)
- Reiki Level I & II Practitioner
- Vipassana Meditation
- Youth Mental Health First Aid
- Trauma-Informed Care
- Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
- Suicide Prevention
- Restorative Practices
- Verbal Behavior (VB)
- Errorless Learning
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Picture Exchange Communication System
- Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
- Self & Match
- RBT & BCaBA Supervision Provider
- Master Practioner in Neuro-Linguistic Program (NLP)
- Mental Emotional Release/Break Through Sessions
I recently attended one of Aligned Parenting Services free parenting seminars. The topic was understanding your child's love language. Jen's delivery and approach was really easy to understand and she gave us ideas and tools we could implement at home. It was definitely time well-spent. After the seminar, I better understood my child's love language (which is different from my own!) and started implementing more mommy and me time after school. I immediately noticed a difference in his behavior and listening skills through the afternoons and evenings, just from this tweak in our day and the ideas I got from Jen's seminar. I highly recommend Aligned Parenting Services if you're seeking ongoing behavioral support for you and your child or if you're looking for one-off ideas to make small changes in your home.
"Jen is one of the kindest, sweetest, good-hearted people I know. She has helped me immensely with my 9-year-old son. She helped me implement a system of token rewards for good decisions & he would then be able to use the tokens for his electronics. He not only had a dramatic change in behavior but he also started to make good decisions without even wanting or caring about the reward. It seems he is now recognizing how good it feels to make a good decision. Additionally, he has almost completely stopped using his electronics (because he doesn't want to spend his tokens). Ha go figure!!! Thank you so much Jen!!!!"
Jennifer came to talk to our group of moms and was so valuable and generous with her information! She is so knowledgeable and we highly recommend her!
Fit4Mom Owner - Irvine, CA
Jen helped me identify why my daughter was behaving the way she was and gave me a behavior plan to assist with helping my daughter communicate and express herself in more productive ways. She takes the time to really listen to your needs and is clearly passionate about helping you to understand and help your little one(s)!
"Jen is so thorough in her suggestions and gives the psychological explanations to go along with the instructions. She has such simple techniques that every parent can accomplish easily. The flow of the webinar was exceptional. Her examples are realistic and probably ones every parent experiences. I am excited to buy a timer to start using this tool to improve my day. Thank you Jen for a great class!"
"I highly recommend Jen for potty training. Her method is very efficient and she is a joy to work with. She helped potty train my daughter before she turned two years old. It only took three days before she was off diapers 100% during day and night."
"Jen takes the time to really listen and understand parents struggles with their children. She helps parents come up with an effective and realistic plan that will work with their family’s lifestyle in helping their child reach their full potential."
"Jen was open and warm, which made us feel comfortable right away. Her expertise and suggestions with ADHD helped us tremendously."
"I attended a free Potty Training class provided by Jennifer. The class was fun and useful. She provides us a step-by-step guide about how Potty Train. She then sent on the documents that she mentioned in her class to us in the following week. I definitely feel more confident about Potty Training now."
Jen is super knowledgeable and I really like the fact she had been a teacher and has really seen it all! She also is super welcoming and even the "stupid questions" you feel comfortable asking. She is willing to do whatever she can in support of a happy home and I feel really special for getting to hear her speak.
She actually cares about her clients, and is phenomenal at her profession. Couldn’t ask for a better experience. Look no further!
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."