Maddie has been working with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) since 2012. While receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Illinois State University, she earned class credit working at The Autism Place, getting her first experience working with children with ASD. After graduating in 2013, she wanted to continue this work and began working for an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) center as a line therapist, where she fell in love with ABA Therapy. Seeing the impact she was making on the lives of these children and their families furthered her passion for ABA and fueled her desire to earn her master’s in Psychology with a specialization in ABA from Capella University, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2018. Her experience working in various roles, in both home-based and clinic-based services, has created a skill base in ABA that can be applied to various settings, ages, and skill levels.
Her professional experiences include assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with varying skill sets and abilities. She uses positive behavior strategies, such as discrete trial training and natural environment teaching, to teach skill acquisition, daily living skills, and modify maladaptive behaviors. She trains staff and parents on various behavioral strategies and collaborates with schools and other services (i.e., Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, etc.) to allow for a holistic treatment approach. Maddie has experience teaching children to use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems, such as Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and various apps for tablets (i.e., Touch Chat, Nova Chat, Proloquo2Go, etc.).