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Autism Services of South Carolina
Nicole Topper is a Lead Therapist for Autism Services of South Carolina. She has been working as an ABA therapist since graduating from College of Charleston with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology in 2009. She has completed her BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) coursework online with the Florida Institute of Technology. She is currently working toward completing her BCaBA certification. In her freshman year of college, she volunteered as a tutor for children at a local elementary school and then went on to work as a WINGs Leader for the local after-school program, WINGs for Kids. After graduating from College of Charleston, she began working as a caregiver in residential homes for individuals with Autism and eventually decided to focus her efforts in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Since she has worked as an ABA therapist for local private companies and in the local school district. Nicole is continually inspired by the families and children she works with and looks forward to growing with Autism Services of South Carolina.
Jeffrey N. Mikell is a senior at Charleston Southern University where he is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology. He will graduate in May of 2019. He grew up in Summerville, South Carolina and attended Ashley Ridge High School. He has one older brother, with whom he is very close. Jeffrey works in the Career Center at CSU where he helps students of different backgrounds and through working here he discovered his calling to help others in his community. Despite not having any formal training in working with children with special needs, he is eager to learn and use the ASA style to help improve the lives of children who have been diagnosed with Autism. He is excited to join and work with the Autism Services Of South Carolina family in the early winter of 2019. With the help of ASSC, Jeffrey plans to help better the overall quality of life of children with Autism. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, biking and helping others.
Macey Tupper is originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She currently attends Augustana University and will graduate in May 2019 with her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Psychology. After graduation, Macey plans to complete a graduate program and become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In Sioux Falls, Macey worked with children and adults with various disabilities. Her interest in helping individuals sparked when she worked with children in a residential care facility and special education school. After discovering her love for ABA she started with a private ABA Therapy Clinic in South Dakota in October 2016 and then received her RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) certification in 2017. Macey is extremely passionate about sharing and implementing the principles of ABA and is excited to be a part of the Autism Services of South Carolina team.
Ashley Belt is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has worked in local school districts as a BCBA and special education teacher for the past five years. She has experience overseeing ABA programs as a BCBA as well as teaching individuals with developmental disabilities ranging from ages six to seventeen. Ashley graduated from the College of Charleston in 2011 with a B.S. in Special Education with an emphasis in Intellectual Disabilities and Emotional Disorders. While studying at the College of Charleston, Ashley discovered the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and began her work as a line therapist working with children with Autism.
After entering the field of special education and realizing the importance of ABA, Ashley earned her M.Ed in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Once Ashley became a BCBA in 2015, she began overseeing ABA programs in a Charleston area school district. Ashley is passionate about sharing and implementing the principles of ABA to better our world and is excited to be a part of the Autism Services of South Carolina team.
Ellen has been working with children with Autism for the past 10 years, working in the capacity of an ABA therapist, hospital inpatient counselor, and an Autism Consultant in the Charleston area school system. Ellen received her bachelor of science in Psychology from Charleston Southern University and is currently completing BCaBA courses through Clemson University. She is excited to join the Autism Services of SC team.
Sheila grew up in Summerville SC; she graduated from Summerville High School. Then she went to Beta Tech College where she obtained her degree as a medical assistant. She worked as an MA for several years. She later attended Trident Technical College with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science (Criminal Justice). Sheila started working for the school district in the special needs department in 2013. In 2016 Sheila started working for Autism Services of South Carolina. Sheila has experience working with children on the autism spectrum disorder. Sheila is an RBT (Register Behavioral Technician). Sheila enjoys swimming, going to the beach and spend quality time with her family.
Nick Siemers is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Nick attended Clemson University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Nick completed his coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Nick worked with special education classrooms in Charleston area school districts for the last four years. Prior to that, Nick spent five years being a summer camp and after-school camp counselor. Nick is excited to be part of the Autism Services of South Carolina team.
Lauren Stone joined Autism Services of South Carolina as a Registered Behavior Technician in August 2016. She graduated from Francis Marion University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority where she was Standards and Philanthropy chair. Lauren has worked with children and adults with various disabilities. She is passionate about this field of work. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, CrossFit, and spending time with her family.
Emily is a student at Charleston Southern University majoring in Psychology and minoring in both Family Communication and Christian Studies. She will graduate in May 2019, upon which she will spend time gaining experience and fostering her passions before returning to school. She grew up as a big sister of four in Manning, SC. Despite not having past ABA experience, she developed her care for children in her previous job as a Summer Youth and Children’s Worker at First Baptist Church in Manning. More recently, she has upheld positions in CSU’s Psychology Club and studied abroad in New Zealand during the Fall 2018 semester. She feels called to pour into the lives of anyone around her. For her, being a Registered Behavior Technician with ASSC will be an instrumental part of fulfilling that calling. In her free time, she loves new adventures whether big or small, reading, dancing, going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and engaging in the Christian community.
Kristin Robson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has over 17 years of experience developing and implementing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs for children with Autism in the home and school settings. Kristin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 with a B.S. in Psychology. Kristin began her career as a therapist at a former replication site for the UCLA model of ABA (O. Ivar Lovaas) and fell in love with working with children with Autism. Kristin joined the PA Autism Initiative in 2004 and began implementing ABA practices that utilize B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior in public and private school programs throughout western PA. During this time, Kristin attended Chatham University in Pittsburgh for her graduate work and completed her Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence through the Florida Institute of Technology.
Kristin earned her M.S. Ed and became a BCBA in 2008. She continued to work for the Autism Initiative in PA before moving to Charleston, SC in the spring of 2010. Kristin has continued to design and implement ABA programs in the Charleston area, working in home-based programs and for a Charleston-area school district before joining Autism Services of South Carolina. Kristin is excited about the opportunity to build a new, quality program for children and families living with Autism. Kristin is passionate about the quality of staff and parent training, believing that you can truly change a child’s behavior when you change an adult’s behavior.
Laura is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who first entered the field as an ABA therapist in 2010 while pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at the Citadel Graduate College. Upon learning that her degree could be applied in the ABA profession as well, Laura also completed the BCBA course sequence at the Florida Institute of Technology and earned her BCBA certification in 2016. Her experience includes working with children aged 18 months to 17 years in the home, clinic, school, and daycare settings, and she is eager to involve caregivers and family members in the therapeutic process to facilitate generalization of progress beyond the therapy setting. Laura is most passionate about finding the best way to help each of her clients by looking at things from their perspectives, and about teaching others to do the same.