Karin Torsiello, MS, BCBA

60 blog avatar Karin Torsiello, MS, BCBA
Expert Name: Karin Torsiello, MS, BCBA
Expert Title: Panelist for Ethics Code in Action: Ethics of Medicaid Fraud
Company Name:  President of Behavior Basics, Incorporated
Company URL: http://www.behaviorbasicsinc.com/
 

Short Bio: Behavior Basics, Incorporated is a dynamic and diversified provider agency with foundations in applied behavior analysis and dedicated to providing high-quality services to children and families.

Karin Torsiello, MS, BCBA

Karin Torsiello is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is the President of Behavior Basics Incorporated, a consulting firm in Florida, and is the Director of Operations for Advantage Behavioral Group. Karin has also worked as a Behavior Analyst for 3 consulting firms and served on the faculty of the University of South Florida for seven years as the Senior Behavior Analyst with the Behavior Analysis Services Program, in partnership with the Department of Children and Families. Karin’s role includes supervising a team of behavior analysts who provided direct services to families who were experiencing behavior issues with their children; these cases often times involved children with mental health issues or developmental disabilities. Karin was also responsible for curriculum development and revision, research activities specific to parent trainings and providing trainings for caregiver’s in the community. Karin has also developed behavior management programs for local group homes and mental health facilities.

Karin’s current roles include: curriculum development for parent training, conducting behavior management trainings for parents, for teenage mothers and for prisoners awaiting re-entry into the community, providing in-home consultation services for caregivers and children, consultation with multi-disciplinary committees to review cases of children who are displaying maladaptive behaviors and training of graduate students pursuing certification as a behavior analyst.

Karin has co-authored and directed the parenting education series “The Secrets of Modern Parenting”. This DVD series has been sold worldwide and is used by many professionals and parents with success every day.

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Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

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