Jade Jones is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst at the Sumter clinic. She became interested in working with children with autism shortly after she graduated from college. She worked as a special education teacher and was asked to start an autism program at a local elementary school. She was drawn to a career with Early Autism Project after learning about the training and support the company provides its therapists. Jade studied special education adaptive curriculum with a focus on severe disabilities at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She was a two-time “Teacher of the Year” nominee and served as an area director for the Special Olympics in South Carolina. Learn more about Jade in the Q and A below.
Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: Starting from a young age, I always enjoyed being around people with different abilities. Throughout my career I worked with children and adults with various behavioral and developmental disabilities through teaching, working with the Special Olympics and more. In my role at EAP, I feel like I am able to have a positive effect on our clients because of the therapy I provide and the training I provide other therapists. I love being able to share my expertise with others and help them experience success with their clients.
Q: What is one tip you can pass along to parents that will help them with their child at home?
A: I would tell parents to really listen to their child’s therapy team and ask a lot of questions. Many parents can feel apprehensive or do not know where to start when it comes to asking questions about therapy sessions. I find when families ask questions it can help the therapists work better with the parents. It prompts valuable discussions that help parents better understand what they can be working on at home to complement the therapy sessions.
Q: What is your favorite client success story?
A: One of my current clients is one of my former students from when I used to teach. When he first started with EAP, he was a particularly difficult client, but once EAP started working with him, he completely changed. He made tremendous progress and is now more easy-going and personable. He’s seen as the “class clown” of the program and is always brightening everyone’s day. He has become less frustrated in his day to day life because of the skills he learned through EAP.