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Expert Name: Dr. Lyre Fribourg
Expert Title: Psychologist
Company Name:  University of California, Los Angeles
Company URL:
 https://www.uclahealth.org/
Short Bio: Dr. Lyre Fribourg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She balances her work schedule between her private practice in Los Angeles, California, and a staff psychologist position at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics clinic.

Meet Dr. Fribourg

Providers of Healthcare or education serving the needs of individuals with Autism or other special needs encounter medication-related issues on a daily basis. Virtually every professional (and parents) understand that medication plays a significant factor in a person’s ability to function and make progress, but very few possess sufficient levels of knowledge to make informed decisions when providing services to children, adolescents, and adults receiving medication. This lack of knowledge is even more pronounced when dealing with co-morbid conditions. SL Global’s Psychopharmacology series, with Dr. Ronald T. Brown and Dr. Debbie Coehlo is designed to provide educators, healthcare providers, and parents with a comprehensive understanding of psychopharmacology and its impact on various childhood disorders. This series will start with a comprehensive overview of medication and childhood disorders. Subsequent modules will provide a deeper understanding of psychopharmacology as it pertains to a specific condition.

Lyre Fribourg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She balances her work schedule between her private practice in Los Angeles, California, and a staff psychologist position at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics clinic. She enjoys working in an interdisciplinary team and values collaboration with physicians when it comes to diagnosing and treating children. She leads a parent group for newly diagnosed families of children with autism and provides group parenting classes to families of young children. For more than 25 years, Dr. Fribourg has worked with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and their families in homes, schools, and communities. Additionally, she has shown her commitment to educating other professionals in the field through professional development workshops about behavior management in schools and presenting at annual conventions for behavior analysts. Outside of her practice, she loves spending time with her husband and children, who give her yet another perspective on the challenges that come with parenting children.

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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