Tonya S
Specializing in autistic speech

Trematrice D.

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My Work Style

My goal as a BCBA is to spend more time reading journals and learning about assessment tools supported by research. I want to always provide my clients with an individualized therapy and that includes selecting the appropriate assessment and programming goals. My work style is listening then speaking so I am sure to focus on what’s important to my clients.

Area of Expertise

Language development, academic skills, DTT, NET

BHCOE Accreditation

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

To destress I like to curl up with my daughter, order in, and watch a good Disney show/movie. I find that focusing on the right now help a ton!

Why I Became a BCBA

Behavior change! Behavior changes whether it increases or decreases, and I wanted to help provide my clients and their family a better quality of life.

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

Previous clients would say I’m friendly, compassionate, dedicated and data-driven.

What I Love Most About What I Do

I love that data collection is one of the foundations of ABA. And I absolutely love the challenge of working with a client who is culturally different from me.

Most Challenging Professional Moment

Dual diagnosis client’s caregiver made changes to his medication against medical advice and never reported the change to us. He was extremely violent for several days not long after lunch. Before learning of the medication changes, I discussed with caregivers any changes in the home, health, medication etc I recommended client see his PCP and Psychiatrist. The caregiver opted not to comply with my recommendation and returned him to the center the following scheduled session. He became extremely aggressive after lunch as he had on the previous days. I along with two behavior technicians were hurt and were seen at urgent care. We conducted a critical case review with his caregiver, case managers, etc. The collaboration allowed us to learn the client’s medication was changed and he was being physically disciplined by the caregiver. We were able to get his medication corrected and placed with another caregiver more aligned with his needs.

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

The most rewarding moment for me was my very first client going from nonverbal to manding and tacting. He would mand for and label his favorite treat(skittles) and label the color he wanted.

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