Tonya S
Specializing in autistic speech

Tara M.

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My Work Style

I believe my work style is a little different from the traditional BCBA. Because of my mental health background, I tend to look at the child through the lens of their entire being so I can fully understand the needs of the child. I offer emotional support for parents of a newly diagnosed child with autism and teach them how to support the specific needs of their child. I love to interact with the child, even when I’m just supervising and not providing direct services because I love making that connection with the child. My goal is to continue learning and perfecting my craft so I can be the best possible clinician for my families.

Area of Expertise

School-based ABA instruction, parent training, early language development, social skills

BHCOE Accreditation

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

Get massages, listen to audiobooks, go to church, travel with my husband.

Why I Became a BCBA

I’ve always wanted to have a career that involved helping people, and I’ve always had a passion for helping children, especially children with special needs. My interest in ABA started around 2008 but I didn’t realize that my interest would turn into an absolute passion. I took a job that allowed me to work with children with special needs (specifically autism) and through this job I was introduced to the position known as a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA). That’s when I finally knew what my calling was! I immediately began researching what I needed to do to become a BCBA and the rest is history!

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

They would say I am compassionate and my love for children with special needs is shown through my work.

What I Love Most About What I Do

Knowing that no matter how big or small of a task, I am a part of helping a child reach a significant milestone in their development.

Most Challenging Professional Moment

Having the one child that you cannot help for reasons beyond your control. There’s a feeling of defeat that cannot be put into words.

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

The first child I ever had who was non-vocal and hearing her speak for the first time after diligently working with her. I will never forget what she said and how that made me feel!

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