To help expand our in-home ABA therapy services for families living in metro Atlanta, Innovative Behavior Options has recently hired more BCBA supervisors. The individuals in these roles help us maintain client satisfaction with all our families, to make sure that each child is getting the necessary treatment and attention that best helps them grow and develop during their in-home ABA therapy sessions.
This week, we wanted to introduce you to Lorneshia, one of our BCBA therapists, and let her share a little more about her work and what inspires her.
Can you give a little more information about your background?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Child & Family Development from Georgia Southern University. After graduating, I worked in a private preschool for 5+ years. I learned about ABA while working with an autistic child in my class. I received most of my experience in the severe behavior unit at Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, where I started as an intern and eventually worked my way up to a Clinical Specialist role. I’ve been a BCBA for almost two years and every day, I learn something more about the field and new ways to reach clients.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
My day begins by looking at my schedule to see which clients I will see for the day. (My schedule changes often, so I like to make sure I’m keeping track of who I’m seeing and when.) I meet with each client/therapist/caregiver anywhere between 1 and 3 hours, depending on their need for the day. Once I make it home, I make any necessary updates to programming and/or I create any materials needed for the targets. Before I end the day, I check my schedule for the next day to see if anything is needed so that I am prepared for my next visit.
What interested you initially about this type of work? What do you enjoy most about this work?
Initially, I was interested in supporting families. It has always been a passion of mine to work with children and families in ways other than teaching. Once I started working in the field, what interested me and is still the most enjoyable part of my job is seeing the progress made, and helping families do small things that many other families may take for granted, such as grocery shopping, eating out, going to the movies, etc.
What is the best part of your week?
The best part of my week is creating materials. I love arts and crafts and being able to tap into my creative side by my making client-specific or protocol-specific materials for them to use in our work.
What causes are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about being an advocate or spokesperson for my clients and family to make sure their needs are getting met. I’m also very passionate about parent and sibling training and support (taking care of the whole family is just as important as taking care of the client), and when I’m not at work with Innovative Behavior Options, I spend my time working with underserved communities. I am the President and Co-Founder of a non-profit named with C.A.R.E and I enjoy working alongside other volunteers and serving the community.
What puts a smile on your face?
Seeing a smile on other people’s faces and knowing that I helped put it there!
We’re very proud of the staff here at Innovative Behavior Options, and look forward to sharing even more Q&A sessions with them so that our patients and families can get to know our wonderful team. If you’re interested in learning more about the in-home and center-based ABA therapy services we offer to families living in and around the Roswell, Georgia area, please contact our office.