Autism Services of South Carolina aba autism services
Alicia Howard is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with approximately 7 years of experience implementing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder around the low country. She is passionate about her job and strives to help children reach their full potential. Alicia also enjoys collaborating with other team members to ensure the goals are met in the most efficient way. She is from Charleston and is currently working on her bachelors in Early Childhood and Family Studies. She has experience providing ABA therapy in-home, in the clinic, in school, and around the community. Alicia is energetic and encourages the children to be creative. Alicia is a mom of two. She enjoys participating in the community to raise awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorder. She looks forward to accumulating skills and knowledge in the field of ABA with Easterseals.
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!
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 is 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 Easterseals 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.
Hi, my name is Ashley Rivera. I am originally from the Bronx, New York but moved to Charlotte, North Carolina when I was 8 years old. I still visit New York 3 to 5 times a year to see family and friends who still live there. I am new to the field but I’ve always loved working with children. I’ve been a nanny and babysat for over 10 years, infants to Pre-teens. I am eager to learn and help to the best of my abilities with Autism services of South Carolina. I was blessed 2 years ago with becoming the Godmother to a beautiful little girl named Naveh who was recently diagnosed with autism. I am excited about this opportunity so that I may help her and others like her learn and grow as individuals. I am also currently a CPCC student studying to become a dental assistant in pediatric dentistry. I know working with all the wonderful families I will soon meet in Autism Services of South Carolina will help me help all children in any field of work.
My name is Austin Duncan. I was raised in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. I relocated to school at the University of South Carolina where I am finishing up my degree in Public Health with a minor in Psychology. I plan to pursue a degree in OT after graduation. I joined the ASSC team as an RBT in November 2017. I know this position is great for me because I have a passion for helping people. In my free time, I enjoy philanthropy and CrossFit.
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!
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.
Bailey McGlaughlin grew up in Irmo, SC and is a Junior at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the field of Psychology and after graduating, Bailey plans to get her masters in early childhood education. She then would like to pursue certification as a behavior analyst. Bailey has an aunt with special needs, which lead her to have a passion for working with people with disabilities and special needs. She’s excited to be a part of the Autism Services of South Carolina Team.
My name is Brittany Richardson. I am a mother of 2, always loved being around children. I helped raise my cousin who has autism so I know autism children very well. My dream is to one day be a pediatric RN!
My name is Sarah Holloman and I was born in Florence, SC. This is my first time working with children with autism. I am the oldest so I have been a role model all my life for my younger siblings. I have also worked with kids in after-school programs and summer camps. Teaching younger kids new skills and guiding them has always been something I’ve enjoyed doing. I have a huge heart for younger children. I am currently a freshman at Midlands Technical College and will be transferring to a four-year college next summer. I will be pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree. In the future, I hope to be an interior designer. I am excited to learn new skills and how to make an impact in children’s lives while at Autism Services of South Carolina.
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.
Abby Baker is from Lancaster, SC and attended USC – Lancaster for 3 years. She works in the local school district as the Nurse’s assistant. Years prior to that, she worked in the special education class as an assistant to the PMD and TMD classes. She really enjoyed working with the kids and plans to return to the University to get a degree in Special Education.
Hey my name is Rykeem Furgess; you can call me Keem for short. I’m very excited to be joining the ASSC team. I’ve heard a lot about the great services that are provided for your clients and how they impact their lives. I started an interest with ABA two years ago and haven’t strayed away. I even apply it to my own life. I discovered my passion for ABA while working at the Autism Academy of SC – where I provided 1:1 support to a group of awesome kids. “Rockstars” are what I call many of my clients because I feel that we are able to reach out together on this journey to success. I worked as a Wellness/Behavior mentor for Cambio Academy where the residents looked to me as a “father figure”. There, I used a few skills that I learned in ABA to give them what they could not attain from home. I served as an anchor when a crisis arose. I nerd out sometimes with the love of all things Dragon Ball and many types of Anime, gaming, art, cooking and more which I plan to use to make therapy just as fun. Thanks for giving me this opportunity; I see great things ahead.
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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."
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.
Hi, my name is Rosemary Arman. I am originally from Puerto Rico but moved to New Hampshire when I was 12 years old. After my husband finished his contact with the US Marines, we relocated to Fort Mill. I may be new to the field but I have always loved working with children. I use to work for the YMCA as an after-school counselor and also in their summer camp. Being in this field is important to me because my daughter has autism. I am able to help other families that are just like me and may be experiencing the same things as my own family. Apart from my daughter, I have a one-year-old son. My time is spent with my children and husband; always finding new and exciting adventures together.
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 Lauren Ratza. Although I am new to the field, I have been around children all of my life. Since I was 11 years old, I have taken care of all my younger siblings and learned much about myself. When I first started my degree, I originally wanted to be a Veterinary Technician since my love for animals is a huge part of my life. Although that is not where I am now, I couldn’t be happier. Once I had my first child, I knew my heart was big enough to provide love and care for anyone who needed it. Being a mother has inspired me to focus my career on creating safe environments for children to learn and grow. I am very excited to work with individuals with specials needs and their families. I want to be there for anyone who needs me and help positive growth in many lives. Outside of this, most of my time is spent with my husband and our two girls. We enjoy being outdoors together since our home is in Lake Wylie. I also love gardening with my husband and traveling with my family.
Ayanna is a junior Elementary Education major at the University Of South Carolina Of Aiken. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Ayanna moved to Augusta to be a full-time nanny for a 4-week old baby girl. She plans to finish her education and wants to work with more hands-on with children in and out of the class.
Cherese Guy is from upstate New York but has made South Carolina her home since 2001. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Winthrop University in 2014 and began her work with the older adult population. Through this work she received her certificate as a Dementia Specialist. Cherese also has 4+ years of experience volunteering and working with children in her local community in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Through her volunteer work, she has discovered that her true passion was helping children of all ages become the best versions of themselves. It was then that she began her journey with ABA therapy in 2017 and became a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). Cherese fell in love with the work she was doing and the impact it was making and knew that this was the profession she wanted to grow in. Cherese is very excited to be a part of a team such as the Autism Services of South Carolina. She values the work that we do and is excited to be a part of something great.
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.
Hey there, I'm Amanda Allen. I'm a senior at Columbia College studying Psychology and Child and Family Services. I've been providing ABA services for close to two years now as a Line Therapist and became an RBT in early 2017. I lived in various parts of Kansas for 6 years before moving to Chapin, SC to be closer to my family. I'm a proud "parent" of a husky/Shepard mix named Bella, an Eastern Box turtle named Sven, and a cat named Lil' Bit. During football season, I volunteer with my sister's marching band by running the concession stand. When I'm not in school or working, I'm walking my dog at parks and playing Pokémon Go with my best friend. I look forward to working with this company and meeting all the wonderful families out there!
My name is Aaron Frazier. I was born and raised in Lexington, South Carolina and currently enrolled at Midlands Technical Institute for an Associates in Arts and would like to receive further education from Wofford College. I have always enjoyed working with children since I was in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. I am an Army Reservist and very excited to be joining and working for ASSC. In my spare time, I enjoy backpacking, CrossFit, reading and learning history.
My name is Tosha Boyd. I am a mom of 4 boys, my oldest of which has autism. I homeschool him and my second oldest son during the day. I have had experience working with the Chesco Board of Disabilities and well as with providing respite services.
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