Jodie L.

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What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

Walk my toy poodle, Simba and bake recipes from the British baking show

My Work Style

I am extremely organized and hands-on and always look at the ‘big picture’ (parents ultimate, realistic goals) while carefully dissecting these into attainable short-term goals. I would describe my work style as structured with creativity and engagement to ensure learners are highly motivated while effectively progressing. I will always go the extra mile to troubleshoot and revamp things if something in a program is ‘stagnant’ as this creates frustration and a lack of morale for everyone involved! Parents and colleagues would say that I am highly approachable and compassionate in my day-to-day interactions.

Areas of Expertise

Verbal behavior, natural environment teaching, discrete trial teaching, food tolerance and desensitization, social and play skills

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

Walk my toy poodle, Simba and bake recipes from the British baking show

Why I Became a BCBA

After many years spent interacting with a family member with Autism, I volunteered at a summer camp with children, teens and young adults with Autism. During my bachelor’s degree, I completed an introductory module on ABA. The various applications and thoughtfully constructed science just stood out to me as something that would make a true, meaningful difference in these lives and my professor at the time was extremely engaging and compassionate. This led me to pursue my Masters in ABA and the rest is history!

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

“Thank you for your dedication and for so generously giving your time, patience and (relentless!) energy. Thank you for renewing our hope and confidence in therapy.” (Former parent)

What I Love Most About What I Do

Sharing the joys with parents as their children meet milestones and they realize that all the daily adjustments and accommodations were worthwhile!

Most Challenging Professional Moment

Having spent several years in the Middle East where developmental delays are still seen somewhat as a taboo, I found myself locked in a closet one afternoon when the family members were hiding me from guests!

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

Experiencing a child who was previously non-vocal, utter his first word at the age of 7- “raisin” (his favorite), after a systematic procedure of shaping signs into vocalizations into words!

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