Tonya S
Specializing in autistic speech

Michelle Z.

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My Work Style

My work style and goals as a clinician is to make sure that I am providing quality ABA. I want to make sure I am giving my all to my clients and focusing on their needs. I want to work on goals that are socially significant to my clients. I work to achieve these by making sure I am not only building rapport at the get go, but making sure I maintain it by simple check-ins and being open to feedback.

Area of Expertise

Early Intervention, Adolescents, Teenagers; in home, in schools, in clinic, and in the community. Autistic cultural competency, compassionate care, verbal behavior, functional communication training, behavior support planning.

BHCOE Accreditation

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

I snuggle with my puggies, Milo and George; ride rollercoasters; and travel!

Why I Became a BCBA

I became a BCBA because I am Autistic and went through ABA myself. I was lucky enough to have a mom who was proactive in getting me care. My being in the field, for me, is my life’s purpose; I feel that I have a special connection with the clients I work with. I also wanted to become a BCBA because I love seeing my clients shine!

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

My previous clients would say I am silly, happy, fun, and compassionate.

What I Love Most About What I Do

I love seeing my clients succeed! A milestone, no matter how big or small, is a milestone.

Most Challenging Professional Moment

My most challenging professional moment was seeing families in low-income areas not being able to access quality ABA.

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

My most rewarding professional moment was when my non-vocal client said his first word, “Jake” (he was requesting for Jake and the Neverland Pirates, a TV show).

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