Nicole Postma, MS, BCBA

Name: Nicole Postma
Role / Credential: MS, BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Panelist for Ethics Code in Action: Ethics of Medicaid Fraud
Company Name: Florida Institute of Technology
Company URL: www.fit.edu
Ability to Contribute: During a career that spans nearly 10 years Nicki has worked in diverse settings that includes clinic, school, outpatient and foster care. In that period, 

she has been able to effectively combine her clinical and OBM backgrounds to enhance the quality of care and the client experience, either directly or indirectly, for over 400 clients located across the U.S. Additionally, by effectively applying OBM principles, she has improved the service delivery process and overall organizational effectiveness of schools and agencies for whom she has worked or consulted with. She successfully applied her clinical skills, OBM background and interpersonal skills to secure and manage a six figure contract with one of the top 10 largest school districts in the country.

As an adjunct professor at FIT, she teaches the OBM Applied course.

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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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