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Autism Services of South Carolina
Tisha Hurteau moved to South Carolina in 2015 without having any idea of what she was going to do. While job searching, she happens to run across a posting that had a position open working with children with autism. Tisha has always loved working with children and even though she had no experience working with children who have autism, she really wanted to give it a try. She wasn’t expecting to even get a call, but did and once she began it just changed her life. Tisha says, “I love my job and I love working with the little ones because they bring so much joy to my life and to the lives of others.” She has a BA in Sociology and a minor in Psychology and is currently working on MSW that will be completed in August. If Tisha had to do this all over again she would do the same. She took a chance and it was the best choice she could have made.
Hello! My name is Tabitha Allen I am a native of Easley, South Carolina. I'm a wife and a mother of 3 girls. I have worked in the Early Childhood Development field for over 13 years. My first step in the Early Childhood Development field was my first job as a k4 teacher. I still substitute for k4 thru High School when I'm able to. I have always had a strong passion to work with children. I'm looking forward to my future at Autism Services of South Carolina. I'm ecstatic to continue my passion for working with children.
My name is Rebecca Beaudry. I am a sophomore at Converse College, currently majoring in Comprehensive Special Education. My older brother was diagnosed with Autism when he was five years old. He made me realize my love and dedication for the special needs community, all while serving as my main pillar of motivation. I am looking forward to learning the techniques of ABA therapy and hopefully improving the quality of children’s lives.
I am Maria Paniagua. I graduated from Spartanburg Community College with an Associate Degree in Science in 2015 and with a Bachelor of Science in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2017. I live in Spartanburg SC and I have been serving families since 2015. I began working as an ABA therapist in 2016 with Palmetto Autism Interventions and then I worked for Project Hope Foundation in 2017. I am currently pursuing a Master Degree in Behavior Analysis. I love my job because it is extremely rewarding to make a significant and positive difference in the lives of many families who live with autism and I am passionate about helping the autism community.
Lauren is a Registered Behavior Technician and is finishing up her course work at Capella University with a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. She will be finished in December 2017 and will be sitting for the BCBA in the following exam period in February 2018. Lauren moved to South Carolina from New Jersey in December 2016. Lauren has been working with children with autism for six years. She has experience in the school and home settings. Lauren is excited about expanding her knowledge in this field and making a positive impact in the lives of her clients.
Kayla Henderson is from Greenville, South Carolina. She is currently attending Clemson University and is working on finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Degree with a Minor in Spanish Studies. After Clemson, she plans to enroll in an online program to take classes to prepare her to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She discovered her love for ABA when she started with a different ABA Therapy company in July 2015. Before ABA, she worked with children in after-school programs and day care settings through high school and her first two years of college. Joining Autism Services of South Carolina, Kayla is excited to increase her knowledge and techniques for ABA Therapy, as well as becoming a Registered Behavior Technician.
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to learn and grow with Autism Services of South Carolina! Every child I work with has an impact on me and teaches me more about ABA, Autism, and life in general with each visit. I hope to leave as big of a positive impact on them as they have for me.”
Stacy is a BCaBA and is studying through Ball State University to complete her Masters in Special Education with an Emphasis in ABA. Upon graduation, she will sit for the BCBA exam. Stacy moved to South Carolina for undergraduate school to study psychology. While in school she interned at Richland/ Lexington Disabilities and Special Needs Board. Stacy has served in a variety of ABA roles for over 8 years. Her passion is providing hope and training to the family as a whole. Caring for a child with special needs is a wild ride for all involved and she feels strongly that no one should have to do it alone.
Casey feels life presented her with a variety of experiences (from assisting her mom as a child with puppet shows to working 3rd shift in a dementia ward to being a rock climbing instructor…) that were unknowingly shaping her for the day she discovered her passion for working with individuals with Autism. She has been working as a consultant since 2012. She’s worked in both clinic and in-home settings with individuals ages 1-40. She received an awesome opportunity to work in a school designed to integrate kids with Autism into classrooms with typical students for a couple of years. She also worked in Texas with a program that worked alongside a private school with students ages 3-22 with Autism, directed weekly social groups for various ages, and assisted adults with numerous disabilities through DARS with finding and keeping jobs and helping them learn to live independently. She’s spoken at conferences as well as led training for daycare teachers on how they can help a child with special needs in ways that are do-able and simultaneously incorporate what’s best for the class as a whole. She’s a big believer in approaches being individualized for the client, not cookie cutter! On a side note, she loves to dye her hair rainbow colors and the kids seem to appreciate it as well! She has two sons of her own, one with special needs that continues to teach her more than she may be teaching him! She loves her cats, dogs, rats (yes, rats) and enjoys writing, reading, and singing. She was in a rock band for a few years but that had to take a back seat to school so now she gives live performances in the shower and her hot pink car.