Melissa C.

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What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

I do some martial arts which is a great way to de-stress. Also going out with my husband and kids doing anything outdoors (when the weather cooperates) is always a great way to de-stress!

My Work Style

My work style is to get involved. I love being actively involved with the clients and their families on a regular basis, rather than observe from afar. I am constantly doing trainings with staff, explaining why we do things the way we do, and I love showing progress to the people actually working with the kiddos so they see their hard work pay off. My goal as a clinician is ultimately to see the kids we serve gain their independence and be able to advocate for themselves. Ideally we would “work ourselves out of a job.”

Areas of Expertise

Communication deficits, improving family relationships, improving social skills, improving literacy skills, challenging behavior

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

I do some martial arts which is a great way to de-stress. Also going out with my husband and kids doing anything outdoors (when the weather cooperates) is always a great way to de-stress!

Why I Became a BCBA

I’ve always loved working with children and people with various challenges. I started as a nanny to a child with severe special needs and fell in love with it and knew from then on that’s what I wanted to do. I started working in residential homes for adults and then we started serving children on the spectrum and that became my new passion and I’ve been here ever since!

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

They would probably say I have a passion for what I do and I just want to help them gain their independence to help the individual and their families. They’d probably also say I’m goofy and can be fun but I will make them do hard things because I know they can do it.

What I Love Most About What I Do

I love spending time with each of the kids I work with. They all have their own unique things about them that just make it so fun to get to know them!

Most Challenging Professional Moment

When I see families struggling to connect with their child(ren) because of a lack of communication skills or other challenges the child is facing because they haven’t been taught the skills they need.

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

I love when a parent comes to me saying their child did something they never thought they would do. For example: I had a family whose child would engage in challenging behavior when going to the dentist. Last time we spoke the mother told me through tears that it only took them five minutes to get into the lobby when it used to take 30-45 minutes and their child even walked straight to the dentist chair. She couldn’t believe it and was so happy that it was hard not to be emotional with her! Those are my favorite moments.

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