Erin Lombard

Name:Gabriel Valley
Role / Credential:BT
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: Step By Step Academy
Company URL: http://www.stepbystepacademy.org
Ability to Contribute: Gabriel Valley is an executive assistant at Step by Step Academy, where he previously served as a Behavior Technician. Additionally, he is an Independent Provider for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

Bio: He has published and presented at conferences on the topic of “Treating Food Refusal and Selectivity in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Gabriel holds a BA in Interdepartmental Studies, Social Work from Wittenberg University. He is a certified trainer in Nonviolent Crisis Prevention and Intervention, a Certified Staff Trainer and has obtained advanced certification in Applied Physical Training.

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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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