Special Learning Congratulates Michele LaMarche on Winning the 2011 Best Practices Award from The Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities

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Michele LaMarche, BCBA, co-founder of Special Learning, Inc. and Executive Director of Step By Step Academy (SBSA), a highly regarded Autism treatment center in Columbus, Ohio, has been awarded the coveted 2011 Best Practices Award by the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 27, 2011

Michele LaMarche, BCBA, co-founder of Special Learning, Inc. was awarded the coveted Public/Non-Profit Best Practices Award for 2011. This award is sponsored by the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities, a 21-member council appointed by and designed to work with the Governor of the State of Ohio to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The Public/Non-Profit Best Practices award is given every year to an organization or person with a successful record of promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities within the community and workforce. Through the Best Practices award, the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD) aims to inspire others to join and take part in improving the quality of life of individuals with disabilities.

In addition to being co-founder of Special Learning, Ms. LaMarche is the founder and Executive Director of Step By Step Academy (SBSA), a highly-regarded center-based non-profit Autism treatment center in Columbus, Ohio. Since its formation almost ten years ago, SBSA has touched the lives of over one thousand students through rigorous application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatments, resulting in exceptional outcomes. Ms. LaMarche, with over fifteen years of professional experience in the field of ABA, uses her knowledge of behavioral treatment to produce groundbreaking, effective, empirically validated curricula, a critical factor in successfully mainstreaming hundreds of students with ASD. With her credentials and work through Special Learning and SBSA, she has changed the lives of countless individuals and families affected by ASD.

About Step by Step Academy (http://www.stepbystepacademy.org)

Step By Step Academy (SBSA) is a highly-regarded center-based, non-profit Autism treatment center located in Columbus, Ohio. Founded by Michele LaMarche, BCBA, Step By Step Academy delivers exceptional ABA therapies and services to meet the needs of the community. In addition to its Intensive Behavioral Intervention Treatment services, SBSA offers Assessment Services by a Psychologist or Licensed Social Workers, Parent Advocacy Services, Training and Workshops for parents and professionals, and Case Management and Counseling Services.

About Special Learning (https://special-learning.com)

Special Learning is dedicated to becoming the global leader for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) solutions by leveraging technology to offer every person diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) attain an abundant and fulfilling life. Through their comprehensive information and resource portal, Special Learning provides the global Autism community with a broad range of free products, tools and services. Their comprehensive product line includes ABA training & education products, iPhone Apps, web-based & downloadable tools, and professional services designed to empower parents, teachers and providers so that they can help individuals with Autism move up the skills spectrum intuitively, successfully and affordably.

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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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