Casey Gregory is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBa) and Board Certified Music Therapist who started working at Early Autism Project (EAP) in 2009. As a senior therapist with EAP, Casey trains lead therapists in upstate South Carolina and provides program coordination services, assessments, supervision and training for home-based, clinic-based and school district ABA programs. Learn more about Casey in the Q and A below.
Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: “I get to celebrate the progress of my clients each time I see them. Since I don’t work with them every day, improvements both big and small are more apparent to me during my visits. When our children improve it helps reassure our parents that we are doing everything we can to ensure their child reaches his or her full potential, and it provides our line and lead therapists with the satisfaction that the work they are doing makes a huge difference in the lives of our children.”
Q: What is one tip you can pass along to parents that will help them with their child at home?
A: “Family involvement is the key to success. I want parents to know that they are a vital part of the ABA team, not separate from it. Make sure you understand what your ABA therapist is doing during therapy so you incorporate the same routines and exercises when they aren’t there. It’s not easy, but it’s vital.”
Q: What is your favorite client success story?
A: “We started working with a child whose grandparents were the guardians. Their home did not have furniture or decorative items because the child had highly aggressive behaviors and was destructive to property. In addition to exhibiting aggressive behaviors, the child barely spoke. At the same time, the child’s father was slowly starting to develop a relationship with his son. We discovered whenever the father was present the child’s aggressive behaviors would occur, so we helped foster that relationship and taught the child and father how to interact using positive reinforcement. After a few months of working together, the child was speaking more and exhibiting less aggressive behavior, the father was spending more time with his son and the child was showing more affection. After a few months I visited the home and discovered the family bought a Christmas tree, furniture, trinkets and more, because the child had improved so much they no longer worried he would hurt himself or destroy property within their home. By working together with the family and having a committed routine at home, I saw this child improve immensely in just a few months.”