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My Passion

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.

My Mission

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.

My Method

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.

My Background

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.