Julie Adkins

Name: Julie Adkins
Role / Credential: MCD, CCC-SLP, BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist
Company Name: Aegis Therapies
Company URL: https://aegistherapies.com/
Ability to Contribute: Julie Adkins, MCD, CCC-SLP, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She graduated with her Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in communicative disorders at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro AR.

Bio:  She received her certification as a BCBA from Florida Institute of Technology. Julie has been co- owner of SPARC of AR (Specialty Pediatric & Autism Resource Center of AR), a large pediatric clinic providing speech, physical, occupation, and behavioral therapies to children and adults of all ages. She is also Co-founder of SPARC (Social Pragmatic Awareness Resource and Consulting) Center, Inc. a 501c3 non-profit to provide services not covered by insurance such as social skills and ABA. Julie has served on the board for AANEA (Autism Awareness of Northeast Arkansas). She has been a behavior consultant for the AR Department of Education. Julie has been involved in working with children with autism spectrum disorders implementing LAMP strategies for many years. She is very passionate about her work and the children she serves.  Julie has been blessed to be in many different settings such as early intervention, home, school, private school, and clinical. She has had the opportunity to follow some children using AAC for many years, enabling her to share the hurdles and successes along the way.

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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