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Is helping children and their families, and specifically infants/toddlers in the early stages of an autism diagnosis. I also work with older children and am always willing to expand my expertise as needed to serve the community.
Is to teach the essential skills of communication, socialization, self-care, and motor skills to children who have difficulty learning due to symptoms of Autism, PDD-NOS, and similar developmental disabilities. I do this while addressing behavior problems and teaching parents to be their child’s behavior manager.
Is Applied Behavior Analysis, the leading methodology for treating Autism. While it is a practice built on structure and follow-through, I believe that ABA “therapy” (especially for for infants and toddlers) should look less like work and more like play. I believe that the most successful therapy includes parents in the process, with parents practicing methods described and modeled by the behavior analyst.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English and have always had a passion for working with children. After entering the ABA/Autism field in 2006, I studied Concepts and Principles in Behavior Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in 2008. My professional experience includes: implementing behavior support strategies, implementing discrete trial lessons, planning for skill maintenance and generalization, performing skill assessments, writing IFSP/IEP goals, monitoring and reporting progress, training 1:1 staff, training parents, and collaborating with other professionals (teachers, therapists, etc.) involved in clients’ cases.
Note: References and additional details are available upon request. For more information about the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (including a registry of certificants), visit www. BACB.com.
Please contact me for more information regarding in-home services or professional partnerships. I am based in Sioux City, Iowa.