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Dorothy Ranew

Name: Dorothy Ranew
Role / Credential:MEd, BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name:Footprints Therapy, LLC
Company URL: https://www.footprintstherapy.org/
Ability to Contribute: Dorothy Ranew, MEd, BCBA and founder of Footprints Therapy LLC, is a behavior analyst providing BCBA supervision. 

Bio: With ten years experience in the field of special needs, Dorothy is qualified in developing ABA programs, implementing individual therapy sessions, running social groups, training therapists in clinical therapy settings and providing in-home therapy services. An award-winning Clinical Specialist for the Marcus Autism Center’s Early Intervention program (Atlanta, GA), Dorothy has successfully developed behavior programs for children with severe autism while helping young adults transition from a clinical setting into the wider community.


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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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