In our newest installment of our ABA therapist spotlight series here at Innovative Behavior Options, we highlight Lauri Fellman, an RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) who joined our team just shy of two years ago as a behavioral therapist.
These staff spotlights are aimed to help our clients and their families get to know the various staff and feel more comfortable with them at our center and during in-home therapy visits. Learn more about Lauri and what she brings to the team below!
What does a typical work day look like for you?
I usually get to work about 20-45 minutes before my sessions start to organize and prepare materials for my students. Sometimes I like to arrive early to talk with IBO staff about ideas or to gain insight on work related situations.
What interested you initially about this type of work?
I had started working in behavioral therapy initially in 2009 and then went into the Babies Can’t Wait program, and worked there for almost 9 years. I was seeing so many children coming into Early Intervention Services that were either diagnosed or suspected to have autism.
That’s when I knew that I needed to be back in Applied Behavior Analysis to help these children and their families. The Babies Can’t Wait program just added ABA therapy this year, and Innovative Behavior Options is waiting to be contracted with the state for this program.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I most enjoy seeing children meet their goals and make progress through teamwork of therapists, BCBA (board-certified behavior analysis) and the child’s family. I really enjoy making a difference in the lives of these children and their families! I just recently started my master’s program to become a BCBA to be able to help more children, therapists and families in the near future.
What is the best part of your week?
The best part of my week is knowing that I’ve made a difference and seen positive strengths and abilities in my clients that are new, compared to the previous week.
I work to vary my sessions and activities so the child responds better and does not get bored or anxious. I also utilize feedback and strategies from other therapists on my team and the BCBA.
What causes are you passionate about?
I am very passionate about my family. I work hard to stay connected to all my relatives through phone calls, emails, letters and attending family events or helping family members in need.
I am also passionate about giving back to the special needs community. I volunteer my time to fundraise for two special needs organizations and help with the fundraiser events at least 2-3 times a year. I am very passionate about being a RBT and becoming a BCBA! I love making a difference by providing therapy for autism.
What puts a smile on your face?
My clients enjoying their sessions while meeting their goals for targets and behaviors!