Here at Innovative Behavior Options, we want to highlight our team members who help make a difference in our clients’ lives every day.
To help our clients get to know our staff and feel more comfortable with them at our center, we’re starting a Staff Feature series! We’d like to introduce you to Laurie, our Director of Staff Training here at Innovative Behavior Options. Laurie has been with us for eight years and we love having her as part of the team.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I am the Director of Staff Training and work as an administrator, as well as a case supervisor, so my days are pretty busy! I come in to the office and take care of emails and work on programming or reports for my clients. Then I handle administrative tasks and assist with scheduling and day-to-day operations. I supervise my clients at the center during the afternoons and have training sessions with new or existing therapists several days a week.
What interested you initially about this type of work?
I had always wanted to work with children but it wasn’t until a project I did in college about Developmental Disabilities that I even knew what autism was. I started volunteering at a local autism center after I graduated, and within a few weeks I was offered a job. I started out as an ABA therapist and truly fell in love with the field. I went back to school to get my Master’s degree and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013. I stepped up to Director of Staff Education in 2018. I loved seeing the impact my work had on children and their families. Giving these kiddos a voice is the best feeling in the world.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Helping people learn how to communicate, allowing them to better interact with their families and their environment, and learn to express themselves, often for the first time in their lives. That powerful feeling when a child accomplishes something they’ve been working on for a while. Sharing that joy is priceless. Now as an administrator, the best part of my job is helping IBO run more efficiently, and knowing that I’m preparing the staff for making that impact on the children.
What is the best part of your week?
The best part of my week is debriefing with the therapists I supervise and learning about the progress that my kiddos are making. I love having the opportunity to problem solve with my teams and working together to promote the child’s success.
What causes are you passionate about?
I am a strong advocate for individuals with autism and their families, as well as animal and human rights.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned recently?
I learned that expiration dates on food actually just tell you when the food is the most fresh, and you can tell if an egg is still good based on how it floats (or sinks) in water.
What puts a smile on your face?
My clients always know how to cheer me up when I’m having a rough day, and of course, my dogs when I get home from work.
Stay tuned as we share more spotlights on other members of our terrific team. And if you have any questions about ABA therapy or our other services and how they can potentially help your child, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.