Tonya S
Specializing in autistic speech

Allie H.

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My Work Style

I operate with the motto: “Everything we do is behavior.” With that in mind, nothing is off limits. Challenging moments can happen anytime, anywhere. I want my clients to know that even in the ugliest, most embarrassing, and painful moments, we can still work through it together! To show them that, I gently express my curiosities and then follow their lead. At some point in time, a challenging situation will arise, and I’m right there to help navigate the mud.

Area of Expertise

Emerging language and development, play & communication skills, functional assessment, training replacement behaviors, problem behavior reduction

BHCOE Accreditation

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

Here in Indiana, the weather dictates my free time. When it’s warm, I’m happy at the beach or doing yard work--anything outside! When it’s blistering cold outside, I’m keeping warm with home improvement (lol), usually a DIY project inspired by Pinterest. Same goes for cooking; crockpot soups are where it’s at!

Why I Became a BCBA

I had to know why we humans do the things we do. In studying the science of human behavior, I found myself up close and personal with a parent and her child with autism in their very own home. As I could see the relationship between parent and child prosper, I knew there was nothing else I could imagine myself doing.

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

My clients have said that my approach is refreshing. I always make it my objective to help my learners grow in areas that THEY choose. I’m interested in what they are motivated by, what their interests are, and I use those things to guide their learning. As a BCBA, this is practically second nature for me. For some clients, it’s the first time they’re actually feeling heard.

What I Love Most About What I Do

The science never changes, but it always comes in the sweetest and most enlightening little packages :) Sharing it with parents and teaching them how to use their powers for good--and at their request--is what keeps my wheels in motion. Someone who’s learning may not know that they have significant skill deficits, but their parent does and it keeps them up at night. My heart goes out to those families and caregivers, and it lies in working together as a team for the sake of health and happiness for all.

Most Challenging Professional Moment

When the client and I have identified the solution or necessary course of action, and the resources to put the plan into place are either unavailable or difficult to access.

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

1) When parents can’t wait to share the fruits of their labor 2) I love hearing things like, “Oh my gosh, I never thought about it like that” 3) Hearing a parent gasp during face-to-face therapy sessions is my gatorade

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