Melanie Olson Giles

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Name: Melanie Olson Giles
Role / Credential: MA, MEd, CCC-SLP, BCBA, LABA
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert of SLP & ABA Collaboration Series: Using Collaboration to Generate Best Outcomes… Quicker
Company Name: The Verbal ABA Clinic@STG
Company URL: speechtherapygroup.net
Ability to Contribute: Melanie is a dually certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is the Clinic Director of the Speech Therapy Group and The Verbal ABA Clinic at STG.

Bio: She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Masters in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1999 and 2001, respectively. She also received her Masters of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Autism from Endicott College, where she is currently working towards her PhD in ABA. 

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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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