Jaqueline Moreno

Name: Jaqueline Moreno
Role / Credential: MA, BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: Autism Learning Partners
Company URL: https://www.autismlearningpartners.com/
Ability to Contribute: Jacquelyn Moreno’s passion lies in the neuropsychology of autism and its impact on children and their families.

Bio: As an author and advocate working in homes and schools, as well as the Regional Center system, she brings awareness of political and health-related issues to the larger Pasadena and Los Angeles communities. She works as a Senior BCBA at Autism Learning Partners, and have co-founded a statewide advocacy and support group for Siblings of brothers and sisters with disabilities. After receiving my Bachelor’s degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Southern California, she graduated with a Master’s in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. Her thesis centered on the descriptive nature of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the effects of recent changes in diagnostic criteria on children with ASD. Her autobiographical work on growing up with a sister with autism was published in early April, 2015. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Psychology with a Behavior Analysis Specialization at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology here in Los Angeles. Her thesis work is under Dr. Henry Schlinger, and centers on social and behavioral issues of menstrual care in populations with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 

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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