Providing Early Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis in Northern California and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
I am an independent, compassionate, and dedicated worker. One of my popular talents is painting. I do this on my free time. I currently have an Associates in Human Services and am pursuing my degree in ABA to be a BCBA. As of now, I am a Registered Behavior Technician. I started my position at AAI in 2018. I was inspired to this job because of my brother. As a sister of a brother on the spectrum, I wanted to give all that I had to those in need.
My job is more than a job, but a career. Somewhere where I know I am making a difference to families and the community. I take pride in what I do and continue to do. Starting my day with these children makes me happy. My supervisory staff provide me with the confidence to achieve my goals which also allow me to guide my peers successfully.
To be doing this work means to help a child be successful. It means to help teach them to play, learn, advocate for themselves and so much more. This work means that I am guiding these children to success. It means my skills are in use for the ones in need. When a parent is in need of assistance, I am there. This is what I was meant to do!
I passed the RBT exam in February 2020 after moving to Vermont at the end of 2019 with my family. I have over a dozen years of hands-on experience as a Special Needs Caregiver for families in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Florida. In 2004, I graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with Honors in Statistics. My high school education was from Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, where I developed my love for the outdoors. Though born in South Africa, I spent my childhood growing up in Connecticut loving to play soccer, ice hockey, tennis, video games, puzzles, and with my dogs.
AAI has provided me the opportunity to grow professionally, from sponsoring my training in order to take the Registered Behavioral Technician Certificate Exam to creating a clinical space for children to achieve milestones at their own pace. I appreciate the chance to work with such an amazing group of likeminded people and the opportunity to bring my hands-on experience as a special needs caregiver to the NEK community.
It means the world to me to be able to share my patience and attitude of acceptance with children of all abilities.
I was inspired to join the company by seeing how AAI’s team members interacted with their clients and guided them in a school setting. They were always kind, helpful, informative, and displayed an ethical responsibility to their clients. What a great team to be included in!
I have taken classes in Early Childhood Education and previously worked as a preschool teacher. Working in this field, to me, means to be caring, ethical, supportive, collaborative, sensitive, encouraging, confident, and enthusiastic!
The AAI staff is very warm, welcoming, and a supportive team to be a part of.
Meet AAI's Registered Behavior Technicians