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Autism Services of South Carolina
Emily Gray has had a passion for working with children since a young age. She grew up mentoring the children in her neighborhood and volunteering with children in her community. She followed her dream and obtained a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Appalachian State University. Since then, she has worked as a Special Education teacher for 6 ½ years at local middle and elementary schools. While teaching she was introduced to the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis. She saw the positive impact ABA made on one of her students and she desired to learn more about the field. Currently, she is pursuing coursework and supervision hours to become a BCBA. She looks forward to working with the Autism Services of South Carolina Team and continuing to learn and grow with all the families and clients she works with.
Kayla Rivera 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 setting 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."
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 Associates 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.
Registered Behavior Technicians
Lauren Foulks grew up in Lexington, South Carolina and received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2014. Since then she has worked as an ABA therapist for children with autism in both home and clinic settings. She also has experience aiding children in foster care as a case working for the Department of Social Services. She has received her Registered Behavior Technician and Basic Life Support Certification. She looks forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the lives of the children with autism and their families, and is excited to join the Autism Services of South Carolina team!
My name is Michael Thames and I have been working with children for two years. I received my undergrad from the University of South Carolina in education and have really enjoyed helping children with autism. I am a RBT who has completed all the necessary courses to take my BCaBA exam. I feel these courses have really allowed me to be an excellent therapist with a deep understanding of ABA. I not only enjoy my job but I can take the satisfaction in knowing I am truly making a difference in the lives of the children and families I serve.
Jenna Piltzer is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and is a senior studying Psychology and Counseling at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She has a passion for community service and loves working with children of all ages. She has experience providing ABA services in the past which sparked a passion for working with children with Autism. She is excited to start her journey with Autism Services of South Carolina and to learn and grow alongside her clients.
My name is Chaquana Izzard, but everyone calls me Quana. I am from York, SC where I attended high school at York Comprehensive High school. I am working on my bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Before starting in the ABA field I was a preschool teacher for five years. I enjoy working with children it’s what I want to make a career out of. I am very family oriented and I love to cook and bake, especially for friends!
McKella Clamp is from Lexington, South Carolina and is a Junior at Clemson University studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences. After graduating, McKella plans to work towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). McKella has always loved working with children. She discovered her passion for working with children with Autism and providing ABA services when she began working with a different company in November of 2016. McKella is excited to join Autism Services of South Carolina and increase her opportunities to learn and grow as a provider of ABA services.
My name is Sara Blaskowski. My family relocated to South Carolina in July 2015 from West Simsbury, CT. For Fourteen years, I worked 1:1 as a special education paraprofessional working with children on the autism spectrum in a school setting. In addition, I also supported students with autism during summer vacation in camp and classroom settings. I have also been a member of the Walk for Autism Speaks Volunteer committee for five years and supported students after school through the Unified Sports and Unified Theatre programs. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, swimming, biking, walking and I am learning to play golf!
My passion for Applied Behavior Analysis began over a year ago when I stumbled across a substitute teaching position in a self-contained autism classroom. Within minutes, the little ones had stolen and changed my heart. Shortly after, I began as a full-time adult support employee in the very same classroom. I spent the year growing with the children as I studied and prepared for my RBT certification. I feel honored to have the opportunity to play a role in changing a child’s life for the better. I am beyond grateful for the professionals, families, and children who welcome me along on their journey. As for the future, I look forward to furthering my professional knowledge in ABA while helping little ones work towards a life where they can live as independently as possible. My personal interests include spending time with friends and family, traveling, and yoga.
Lauren Johnson 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.
Hi, my name is Adler Armstrong. I was raised in Columbia and graduated from Dreher high school. I then went on to graduate with a degree in Psychology from Winthrop University. Some of my hobbies include travel and woodworking. I also teach kids and beginner classes at a Jiu Jitsu academy.
Cera Shealy joined the Autism Services team in 2017. She grew up an Army Brat so home truly is where the heart is. She is working on her Associates of Arts degree but recently has decided to change her major and degree path to better suit her growing love for ABA and working with children who have special needs. Her hobbies include creative writing, photography, looking at dog pictures online, going to the beach, and buying lots of pens. Cera is excited to grow with Autism Services of South Carolina as she becomes a certified RBT.
Rosemary Caputo was born in Jamaica, NY on April 12th. She graduated from Paul D Shreiber High School and from CW Post/Long Island University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree concentrating in Sociology and Psychology. After receiving her education, she secured a position with the Medical Book Division of Harcourt Brace N.Y. She was responsible for the complete production of all Educational/ Medical textbooks. She took a leave for marriage and raising a family. In September 2001, Rosemary began employment as a TA and ABA Home Service Provider with Massapequa Union Free School District, where she worked 1:1 with children K-10. 2006 gave way to her moving to ACLD/Kramer Learning Center, which was a non-profit pre-school, nursery and pre-K. She worked 1:1 as an ABA therapist until 2014. Her relocation to South Carolina with her husband afforded her the opportunity to secure a position as an ABA paraprofessional for Butterfly Effects. She earned her certificate as an RBT and CPR provider. Rosemary is currently with Easter Seals Autism Services South Carolina as a lead/RBT, providing Direct Services in the home of her clients. Her recent sessions for her clients include home 1:1 instructions, Behavioral modification, implementing needed programs for success, data collection, and assisting clients in adapting to various social environments and with life skills. Rosemary’s ultimate desire is to make that one difference in each child’s life that would have them leave that everlasting footprint: an enviable life.
Erica Dugar joined the Autism Services of South Carolina team in 2017. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts where she began her journey working with children. Erica owned and operated a preschool that focused on low income inner city children and their broad spectrum needs. In 2004 her son was diagnosed with Autism which started a lifelong quest to understand his views of the world we all share. His insight is such a valuable tool. During Erica's 12 years in the Carolina’s she has been practicing ABA for two years as a Line Therapist while pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a focus in Psychology.