Staff Spotlight: Meet Maddie

Staff Spotlight: Meet Maddie

Lighthouse Autism Center is starting a new initiative highlighting the amazing employees we have working at our centers. Our Staff Spotlight will feature employees across all different centers in a variety of positions. This is an opportunity for our community to get to know the people who work so hard every day to deliver the best aba therapy to the kids and families we serve.

Meet Maddie

Registered Behavior Technician

Meet Maddie. Maddie is a Registered Behavior Technician or RBT at our Granger, Indiana center. As a Registered Behavior Technician, Maddie works one-on-one with children who receive ABA services at our Granger center. She is responsible for implementing customized ABA therapy programs for the children she works with. Maddie has worked at Lighthouse for four months and has loved every minute. In fact, she has enjoyed it so much, she has decided to pursue her master’s degree to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Tell us about why you applied for a position with Lighthouse.

“I’m very passionate about inclusion and love working with kiddos on the spectrum! I drove past Lighthouse every day on my way to work at another autism center and had heard so many amazing things about the company – which I can now confirm are all true! One day I just decided to apply and have not regretted the decision once!”

Tell us about the team you work with at Lighthouse.

“Every single one of the ladies I work with is absolutely amazing! The love for the kids is astounding, and they’re always so helpful! It’s amazing to be part of the Lighthouse family!”

What is your favorite memory from your time at Lighthouse?

“My favorite memory at Lighthouse was definitely our Christmas party with the kiddos! Seeing their faces light up with joy as Santa walked in and just getting to have fun with them was one of the most amazing things! I’m looking forward to experiencing it again this Christmas!”

How would you describe your Lighthouse experience?

My experience at Lighthouse has been incredible! It’s so rewarding to grow closer to the kids and watch them progress! Not only that, but every LAC staff member I’ve encountered has been very friendly and always so helpful! I am truly blessed to be a part of Lighthouse Autism Center!

When Maddie isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, chocolate lab, Hershey, and singing.

Interested in working as a RBT like Maddie? Lighthouse Autism Center is hiring. 

Ready for a career where you can make a difference?

What is Board Certified Behavior Analyst?

In the world of autism, and more specifically ABA therapy, you often hear many acronyms for various individuals, procedures, and protocols. Today, we are talking about BCBA’s, or, Board Certified Behavior Analysts. If you’re child receives ABA therapy, you may have worked with a BCBA, or if you are in the field of health services, you may have encountered BCBA’s. So who are they and what do they do?

What makes someone a BCBA?

A Board Certified Behavior Analyst is an individual who has received their master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, has experience working in the field of behavior analysis, and has passed the BCBA certification exam. These are highly trained individuals who are considered experts in the field of behavior analysis.

What does a BCBA do?

If your child attends an ABA center, or receives ABA therapy, their program has been written and is overseen by a BCBA. They are able to assess children who already have an autism diagnosis, and determine what programs will help your child learn new skills, refine previously learned skills, and navigate problem behaviors. These plans are individualized and unique to each learner.

BCBA’s at Lighthouse Autism Center

At Lighthouse Autism Center, our Board Certified Behavior Analysts are all full-time, center-based individuals who are highly involved in the day-to-day activities of our centers. They have small caseloads so they are able to spend time each week with every single child they oversee programming for, as well as consistently review and update programs to ensure children are achieving the best possible outcomes.

BCBA’s at Lighthouse Autism Center are invested in the success of each child and want to help them achieve the best quality of life. They are hands-on and encourage parents to be heavily involved in goal setting for their child. They also work with parents to give them the tools to follow through with therapy at home and increase their preparedness to help their child if they are experiencing problem behavior. They will also review a child’s progress every few weeks with parents and caregivers to keep them informed and provide an opportunity to discuss any new programs a parent might want to see for their child.

Your BCBA will work with your child’s Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) as well as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in Lighthouse Autism Center’s unique co-treat sessions, called Lighthouse Fusion®. This is an innovative approach to autism therapy that fuses the best practices of ABA and speech therapy into a one-of-a-kind clinical model that delivers better outcomes for children with autism. Lighthouse Fusion® is designed by a team of dually certified clinicians, some of only a handful in the world.

You can learn more about Board Certified Behavior Analysts by visiting the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website.

Together, we can unlock your child’s potential