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Access Behavior Analysis Joins the Lighthouse Autism Center Family

Lighthouse Autism Center is pleased to announce the acquisition of Access Behavior Analysis, one of the most well-respected ABA providers in central Indiana. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Access is a center-based ABA provider that operates four centers in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. Founded in 2013, Access specializes in offering an integrated therapy approach that fuses ABA and Speech Therapy services into one treatment from a dually-certified provider.

“Access has a strong team with impressive clinical experience and expertise.  Their deep passion and reputation of providing high-quality ABA services to children with autism align perfectly with the Lighthouse’s mission and values,” said Gregg Maggioli, Lighthouse’s co-founder and CEO. “We are excited to welcome Access to the Lighthouse family.”

Janine Shapiro, co-founder of Access commented that, “the operational, clinical, and moral imperatives that our organizations share will allow us to create a unique synergy that will bring the very best clinical services to children and families across Indiana and beyond.”

To learn more or inquire about services please visit www.lighthouseautismcenter.com/contact-us.

Staff Spotlight: Meet Caitlin

Meet Caitlin! Caitlin is a Registered Behavioral Technician at our Elkhart North center, where she has worked since August. As an RBT with Lighthouse Autism Center, Caitlin is responsible for working one-on-one with children with autism and implementing therapy programs designed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. She helps children work on refining previously learned skills and helps them develop new communication, social, living skills and more!

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

I honestly had never really thought of working with children with autism before. I had always known I wanted to work in pediatrics but wasn’t sure where. Then Covid hit and I was laid off. I was looking for something different and figured I would give it a try. It was the best decision I could have made!

Tell us about your favorite part of working with your team at Lighthouse.

I absolutely love how encouraging and helpful every one of my teammates are.  We are constantly building each other up.

What is your favorite part of working with the Lighthouse kiddos?

I love everything about the kiddos I work with. They bring a smile to my face and melt my heart. Seeing their progress and growth is so rewarding.

How would you describe your Lighthouse experience?

I love working for LAC! I don’t dread waking up in the morning to go to work. I come in excited for the day and excited to see the kiddos that have stolen my heart.  This job has truly changed my life in such a short time!

Caitlin has three children, ages 8, 4 and 7 months. She loves going to rock concerts and going camping with her family.

Staff Spotlight: Meet Alexis

Meet Alexis! Alexis is a Registered Behavioral Technician at our Avon center, where she has worked for one year. As an RBT with Lighthouse Autism Center, Alexis is responsible for working one-on-one with children with autism and implementing therapy programs designed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. She helps children work on refining previously learned skills and helps them develop new communication, social, living skills and more!

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

I applied to Lighthouse Autism Center because I wanted the opportunity to provide meaningful services to children in an urban setting.

Tell us about your favorite part of working with your team at Lighthouse.

My favorite part of working with my Lighthouse teammates is being able to leave work every day knowing we are making positive differences in the lives of our kiddos and having the most fun while doing it!

How would you describe your Lighthouse experience?

My “Lighthouse experience” has been great! No two days are alike, and I have been able to learn a lot about myself as an employee and as a therapist while working for Lighthouse! Everyone I have had the opportunity to work with has been team-driven with shared goals, and the unwavering support for each other is incredible!

Alexis is the oldest of seven kids and has a pet bunny named Ice Cube.  She is a graduate of Indiana University Kokomo, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish.

 

 

Staff Spotlight: Meet Kait

 

Meet Kait! Kait is a Senior Therapist at our New Castle center, where she has worked for a one year. As a Senior Therapist, Kait serves as a lead therapist and works closely with the BCBA’s on her team as well as provides support to the RBT’s working one-on-one with clients.

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Kait is a Senior Therapist at Lighthouse in New Castle, IN.

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

I had a friend that always posted on social media about how much she loved what she did and how rewarding it was (She was so right!). So, I decided to give it a try and ended up falling in love with ABA and what I do now. This job has taught me so much in the short amount of time I have been here, and I want to share a couple of strong key points I have taken away from this amazing opportunity. There is a career out there that isn’t just “another job” or dragging your feet to get up in the morning to push yourself in to work a Monday-Friday job. You will find what you love to do as long as you take those leaps and go beyond your own comfort zones to get there. Waking up and going to work is easy for me, because I love what I do, the company that I work for and most importantly I love working with every single one of my kiddos. ABA isn’t easy and some days you feel so exhausted and defeated but seeing the progress that these kiddos make in such a short time goes beyond words and makes all of that incredibly rewarding.

Tell us about your favorite part of working with your team at Lighthouse.

There is no one favorite memory I have because it’s all been amazing. The team we have at New Castle is always striving to be the best team we can be every single day. We lift each other up, celebrate one another and cheer each other on every single day. Some days are harder than others but working with such a positive team that continuously uplifts each other makes it so much easier. I am so proud to be a part of a team that inspires each other every day to be better and to work together with ease. Not only are we a dedicated and strong team, but we are an even better family. I’m grateful for these people who have motivated me to grow as a person, a friend and an even better RBT.

What is your favorite part of working with the Lighthouse kiddos?

My favorite part about working with all of these kiddos would definitely be seeing their progress from where they started and where they are now. It’s always such a joy knowing you made a difference in their lives and all that of that hard work is showing amazing results. Pairing with these kids and building that connection with them is another favorite part of mine because you get to see their face light up when you’re around and it makes you feel valued and important which is just another reminder to get up and do what I do every day.

How would you describe your Lighthouse experience?

So far, I have had an amazing experience with Lighthouse. They have given me so many more resources to become a better trainer and more importantly they have given me multiple opportunities to grow as a person. I have met two of my biggest inspirations here who have continued to push me out of my own comforts to become a better person and to grow more than I ever could have imagined and I will forever be grateful for that. This company goes above and beyond to make sure their clients and staff are well taken care of and that alone shows how amazing it is to be a part of this team.

Kait is a dog mom to a Pitbull named Cosmo and enjoys traveling to new places in her free time.

Lighthouse Autism Center is hiring! Visit www.lighthouseautismcenter.com/jobs to learn how you can start changing lives, today!

Staff Spotlight: Meet Dacia

Meet Dacia! Dacia is a Registered Behavioral Technician at our Anderson center, where she has worked for two years. As an RBT with Lighthouse Autism Center, Dacia is responsible for working one-on-one with children with autism and implementing therapy programs designed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. She helps children work on refining previously learned skills and helps them develop new communication, social, living skills and more!

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Dacia is an RBT at Lighthouse Autism Center in Anderson.

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

I have always loved helping other people. Before coming to Lighthouse, I worked with adults with special needs. While I enjoyed that, I was looking for a change, and and for a while I was working with adults. I then decided that I wanted to start working with kids and I have loved every minute of it.

Tell us about your favorite part of working with your team at Lighthouse.

My favorite part about working with my teammates is that no matter how hard your day is, there are always people around you who support you and always can put a smile on your face.

What is your favorite part of working with the Lighthouse kiddos?

My favorite part is being able to spend time with the kids and watch as they make so much progress. It’s so rewarding!

How would you describe your Lighthouse experience?

My experience with Lighthouse has been nothing short of amazing! The team is so supportive and everyone really cares!

In her free time, Davis enjoys spending time with her six year old daughter, cat and dog and shopping.

Lighthouse Autism Center is hiring! Visit www.lighthouseautismcenter.com/jobs to learn how you can start changing lives, today!