Jessi F.

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What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

I enjoy sewing and playing video games when possible…most of my free time is spent with my 4 kiddos 😊 .

My Work Style

As a clinician, I pride myself in being flexible, knowledgeable, and helpful. I want to help children and their parents meet their goals in ways that make sense to them and are practical to implement. My style of practicing is more like that of a co-pilot, I like for everyone on the team to have equal input. I prefer to give parents a “menu” of strategies to address goals, providing pros and cons to each strategy. By allowing parents to select from a variety of ABA strategies, I believe there is more success for both them and their child.

Areas of Expertise

Errorless teaching, discrete trial, natural environment teaching, verbal behavior, trauma-informed approaches, communication skill deficits, toilet training, social skill deficits, and reducing challenging behaviors.

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

I enjoy sewing and playing video games when possible…most of my free time is spent with my 4 kiddos 😊 .

Why I Became a BCBA

As a child, I grew up visiting a private school that served individuals with disabilities where my mother worked as the educational administrator. As an adult, I came to work for the same company, but in the residential psychiatric facility. During this time in my career, I often felt unsuccessful at changing behaviors, observing many of the same behaviors daily. I wanted to help; I just didn’t know how. Then, an ABA program opened within the company and I was asked to join. Not knowing what ABA was, I did some research. Everything I read about ABA spoke to me and was exactly what I was looking for in my career. I switched programs and provided direct therapy. It was clear to me that I had found the right field for me and started the process of becoming a BCBA.

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

I’m helpful, knowledgeable, and “by the book”.

What I Love Most About What I Do

Always having a positive outlook and problem-solving attitude.

Most Challenging Professional Moment

When a team member does not “believe” in ABA and is resistant to collaboration.

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

There are so many! A child using their words instead of a problem behavior, parents excited to see a strategy work outside of session, a child successfully “graduating” from ABA therapy.

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