Lisa Taylor is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in EAP’s Anderson Clinic. Lisa was first introduced to ABA therapy when a family member was diagnosed with autism as a baby and received 35 to 40 hours of ABA therapy per week. Lisa and her family worked with this family member continuously, using the therapy methods they learned from the clinical supervisor. Years later the family member graduated from the ABA program and was indistinguishable from typically developing peers at school. Watching firsthand how ABA therapy positively impacted someone close to her, Lisa was inspired to study ABA so she could provide other families with this life-changing therapy. Lisa has a master’s degree in ABA therapy from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Learn more about Lisa in the Q and A below.
Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: I love seeing individuals reach their full potential and make progress, whatever that may be. It could be requesting items using signs, using words to express emotions, initiating small talk with others, or graduating from ABA and entering kindergarten without the need of any outside support.
Q: What is one tip you can pass along to parents to help them with their child at home?
A: I was taught by one of my early mentors to “catch them being good.” This concept means you praise your child for the good things they do and set them up for success rather than failure. It seems pretty simple, but we’re not always used to thinking this way. Everyone wants to feel successful and we are all more likely to try difficult things if we have a history of succeeding.
Q: What is your favorite client success story?
A: At intake for a client I observed the client yelling and pointing because he/she wanted something. The parents stated the child had never spoken a clear word. Within just a few weeks of intensive ABA therapy for 35 hours per week, the client was requesting things vocally on a regular basis. Within two years, the client was able to speak in sentences with clear articulation and engage in short conversations with others.