Lighthouse Autism Center Staff Spotlight: Amanda

Therapy room at Lighthouse Autism Center with toys on a table with blue chairs and book shelves above

Lighthouse Autism Center Staff Spotlight: Amanda

Amanda’s Lighthouse Autism Center Journey

Amanda is a Registered Behavior Therapist Training Coordinator at our Elkhart North center and has been with Lighthouse Autism Center since February of 2021. She graduated from Goshen College with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

What made you decide to apply to Lighthouse?

After graduating during the middle of the school year, I couldn’t find the right fit anywhere. That is when I started looking into other jobs outside of what I went to school for. I had worked with students on the spectrum in gym class throughout college. However, I had no idea what ABA Therapy was or what it looked like. It was something new and I was still wanting to learn more. I knew I wanted to keep working with kids and being able to be 1 on 1 with the kiddos is what really caught my eye.

What is your favorite part of working at Lighthouse Autism Center?

The environment! Everyone is welcoming, energetic, creative, and ready to teach little minds. The relationships! Not only the relationships and the rapport you build with the kiddos you are working with from day to day and their family, but the relationships you get to create with your co-workers. You work side by side with everyone all day and as we all may know, this job comes with some tough days. Having the people you work with know what you are experiencing allows for you to have someone to talk to and feel comfortable and supported. The Progress! This is number 1 in my book. You form a connection with your kiddos, learn them well, cheer them on and see them grow each day. A lot of this growth and progress we see is done by weaving in natural learning opportunities through play. Not a bad way to “work” in my eyes.

How would you describe your experience working for Lighthouse?

Rewarding, supportive, emotional in the best way. 

Do you have a favorite memory from your time here?

While being at Lighthouse, my favorite memories are all the graduations I have been able to attend. Being with the kiddos from the first day to their last is an emotional ride, but I wouldn’t change any of it. The growth we see with the kids, and then to continue to remain in contact with families to see their success after Lighthouse will always be something I cherish. 

What advice you would like to share for those interested in a career at Lighthouse Autism Center?

Take the leap! Come in with an open mind and ready to learn! It is such a rewarding career!

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