Founder of Kahlon Family Services and Yoga Education for Autism Spectrum
With almost two decades of experience and a Masters in Clinical Psychology under her belt, Vanessa is no stranger to families whose children have special needs. In her various capacities, she has directed and supervised in-home Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) programs all around the Bay Area, as well as facilitating social skills groups and developing her own yoga curriculum.
YEAS Yoga (Yoga Education for Autism Spectrum) is an exciting, personalized program that Vanessa (a registered yoga instructor) created to address the physical and self-regulation needs of children with special needs. The YEAS yoga program has been featured in Bay Area Magazine and Autism Bay Area Parent.
Vanessa has extensive training in; DIR-Floortime (Greenspan), Sensory Integration Disorder, Early Childhood Mental Health & Trauma, Move With Me Action Adventures (Leah Kalish) and Zones of Regulation (Leah Kuypers). She also has her certification from the Child Trauma Institute of UCSF, where she worked with mothers and their children around attachment issues. Vanessa is a guest lecturer around the Bay Area at Support for Families – as well as various schools and organizations seeking professional development in behavior modification and management.
Vanessa is passionate about keeping families together, communicative, happy and healthy. Vanessa’s approach is professional, yet personal. She is relationship based – and she gets results! She cares deeply for all clients and their families, bringing purposeful challenges to stretch them beyond their current capacity.
Named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women in 2014, Vanessa also serves on the board of the Special Place Foundation, a residential-vocational community seeking self-sufficiency for adults with disabilities. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys a good latte, traveling, escaping to the beach, dancing, hiking and going to Disneyland.