Additionally, I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Autism.
Since 2010, after working under the supervision of Dr. Charna Mintz and passing the Board Certification Exam, I proudly carry the title, Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I adhere to the principles of behavior analysis in my unwavering dedication to providing families with research-based methods for changing troubling or maladaptive behaviors. Aside from working with children directly, I have had great success working with parents and with future clinicians through my Parent Training and Future BCBA Supervision Programs.
Undoubtedly, the most profound experiences I have had as a professional have taken place at the Number Four School in Lawrence, where I have been a special education teacher since 2005. The memories of students and families that I have met along the way continue to fill my heart with joy and serve as constant reminders of why I do what I do. Over the years I have successfully facilitated in the toilet training of over 60 children, increased food repertoires, decreased aggression and implemented sleep training programs to name a few of my duties. I believe in using a combination of teaching practices to achieve the best individualized outcome for every child. Most importantly, I believe in being POSITIVE. There is a finite amount of time in a day, if you increase the behaviors you want to see more of, by nature of time, you will be decreasing the rest without even trying.
Whether I am working directly with children or indirectly by empowering their parents or future educators, my goals are always the same: Increase harmony in the home, Increase feelings of success, Increase independence, Make measurable progress or change the intervention.
My business is called Capable Cuties because, well, I think your kids are cute and capable :) Hope to work with you soon!
My passion for working with children who have special needs began at Camp ANCHOR in Lido Beach. At age 14, I started volunteering and by 21, I was a fully invested staff member with a great group of children under my care.
I knew very early on that I would devote myself to serving this beautiful population of people throughout my life. If you have not heard of Camp ANCHOR, please visit the website to get a glimpse this spectacular program for yourself.
I have the following New York State Teaching Certifications:
Students with Disabilities Birth-Grade 2, Students with Disabilities 1-6, Early Childhood Education Birth-Grade 2 and Childhood Education 1-6