PEERS Play (Promoting Engagement, Emotional Regulation and Social Play)
is a group of independent service providers dedicated to providing individualized services to families, children and professionals to support child development.
Gusty-Lee Boulware, PhD, BCBA-D
Gusty-Lee has over 25 years of experience providing support and intervention for children with social, communication, emotional regulation and behavioral challenges and their families. She earned her doctorate from the University of WA where she studied developmental and behavioral best practices, infant mental health and parent-child interaction. Recently she completed a dual certification in attachment-focused therapy and adoption and foster care therapy. She has taught graduate level courses at the University of WA, provides training and workshops internationally and has published in Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Young Exceptional Children, and Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. Gusty-Lee created her family through adoption and enjoys spending every minute she can with her 2 kiddos!
RinaMarie Leon-Guerrero, PhD, BCBA-D
RinaMarie has 19 years experience working with children with autism and related disorders and their families. Formerly a classroom teacher, she earned her doctorate at the University of Washington. Her studies focused on reading instruction, rehabilitation medicine and effective interventions to promote the social and emotional development for young children with ASD. She was then the project coordinator for the Professional Development in Autism (PDA) Center. She has been involved in the professional development of educational professionals through the PDA center and as a graduate course instructor at both the University of Washington and Western Washington University. She has published in Beyond Behavior and Autism Aspergers Publishing Company. She enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with her family.
Kristin Ainslie, M.Ed
Kristin has 10 years of experience working in a variety of capacities with an emphasis on working with children with emotional regulation issues as well as social and behavioral challenges. Other areas of experience have come from being the lead teacher in inclusive preschool and kindergarten classrooms, training and coaching parents and teachers, providing social and play skills services for children and creating strength-based behavioral plans for children in their homes. In her practice she uses a variety of positive behavioral support approaches and naturalistic teaching strategies. Her teaching and coaching practices are centered around meeting each individual child and family’s needs and she highly values collaboration from family members.
Mako Guest, M.Ed
Mako occasionally subs for social groups. Mako has over 10 years experience working with children and families in various settings and capacities. She was the lead teacher in a birth-to-three program, working closely with children and their families in both the classroom and home setting. During that time, she also worked in an extended day program that served toddlers and young preschoolers with autism. In addition to working with families, she has also provided training to both pre-service and in-service teachers, ranging from graduate students in Early Childhood Special Education, Early Head Start teachers in Washington and California, and for a variety of school districts through the Professional Development in Autism (PDA) Center.