Erin Lombard

Erin Lombard Name: Erin LombardRole / Credential: MEd, BCBASpecial Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert of Transition SurvivalCompany Name: Step By Step AcademyCompany URL: http://www.stepbystepacademy.orgAbility to Contribute: Erin Lombard is currently a behavior consultant with over 12 years of experience working with children with autism and developmental disabilities in homes, schools, and center-based programs. Bio: She is […]
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Erica Holding

Erica Holding Name:Erica HoldingRole / Credential: PhD, BCBA-DSpecial Learning’s Designation:PanelistCompany Name: Autism Spectrum TherapiesCompany URL: to Contribute: Erica serves as a Director of Partnerships in the Pacific Northwest and has been working in the field of autism treatment for over 25 years. Bio: She received her first Masters in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers the […]
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Cynthia Ring

Dorothy Ranew Name: Dorothy RanewRole / Credential:MEd, BCBASpecial Learning’s Designation: PanelistCompany Name:Footprints Therapy, LLCCompany URL: to Contribute: Dorothy Ranew, MEd, BCBA and founder of Footprints Therapy LLC, is a behavior analyst providing BCBA supervision.  Bio: With ten years experience in the field of special needs, Dorothy is qualified in developing ABA programs, implementing individual […]
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Christine Austin

Christine Austin Name: Christine AustinRole / Credential: BCaBASpecial Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter ExpertCompany Name: Step By Step AcademyCompany URL: to Contribute: Christine regularly presents at professional conferences on topics related to autism and behavioral support. BIO: Her areas of expertise include ABA, training, Individual Education Plans (IEPs), treatment planning and behavior modification and behavior […]
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Amy Sartin

Amy Sartin Name:Amy SartinRole / Credential: MA, BCBASpecial Learning’s Designation: PanelistCompany Name: Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, Inc. (CLASS)Company URL: to Contribute: Amy Sartin is a BCBA in Northern California. She has over 10 years experience in the field of Behavior Analysis, and has been a BCBA for five years. BIO:Amy Sartin […]
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Ann Beirne

Ann Beirne Name: Ann BeirneRole / Credential: MA, BCBA, COBASpecial Learning’s Designation: Panelist of Multidisciplinary CollaborationCompany Name: Proud Moments ABACompany URL: to Contribute: Ann Beirne, MA, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over two decades of experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. BIO: She has provided direct services to children […]
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Angela Sallerson

Angela Sallerson Name:Angela SallersonRole / Credential:OTR/LSpecial Learning’s Designation: Panelist of ABCs of Sensory Processing Disorder: Where Do I Start?Company Name:Imua Family ServicesCompany URL: to Contribute:Angela has a training in Sensory Processing (Sr. Ready Approach Therapist),  Sensory Integration (Certified), NDT for children and adults (training), Feeding Disorders, Oral Motor Beckman Approach, How Does Your Engine Run, […]
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Amanda Fishley

Amanda Fishley Name: Amanda FishleyRole / Credential: MA, BCBA, COBASpecial Learning’s Designation: Panelist of ABCs of Sensory Processing Disorder: Where Do I Start?Company Name: Company URL: Ability to Contribute: She has extensive experience mentoring and providing supervision to RBTs, BCBA candidates and behavior analysts.  She received her Master’s degree in Special Education/ABA from The Ohio State University. […]
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Iris Maynard

Iris Maynard Name: Iris MaynardRole / Credential: MASpecial Learning’s Designation: Panelist for Ethics of Compassionate Mandated Reporting Across DisciplinesCompany Name: El Paso County Department of Human ServicesCompany URL: www.humanservices.elpasoco.comAbility to Contribute: Iris trains and supervises a team of caseworkers weekly to discuss cases, to create treatment plans, to address parent’s protective capacities, concerns, worker performance, and […]
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Ole Ivar Lovaas

Ole Ivar Lovaas was born in Norway in 1927; he was a clinical psychologist, who studied the use of principles, based on behavioral psychology in treating the aberrant behavior of children. He started his academic career at Washington University and finished his degree in 1958. Professor Lovaas was one of the world-famous autism experts. He […]
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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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