August Pieces of the Puzzle (Technician and Clinical Staff Spotlight)

Name: Kate Chazin

Clinic Location: Edwardsville

Title: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Started at The Autism Clinic: September 1, 2016

Experience in the field: I have been working/researching in early childhood settings for nearly ten years, and I began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2013.

What high school and college did you attend? What did you study? What are you currently studying?

I completed my undergraduate degree at Harvard University, where I studied visual ethnography (essentially, anthropological filmmaking) and conducted research primarily within early childhood settings. Once I realized that I loved working with kids far more than working with cameras, I moved to Nashville to complete my M.Ed. in Special Education (with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis) at Vanderbilt University.

Tell us 5 facts about you!

  1. I was on the wrestling team and football team in high school—girls can do anything!
  2. My family is from a one-stoplight town in rural North Carolina, but I’m a city girl with a travel bug. Since high school, I’ve lived in five big cities (Durham, Boston, Oakland, Nashville, and St. Louis) and worked in five countries (U.S., India, Nepal, Tanzania [Zanzibar], and China).
  3. I first fell in love with Special Education when filming my undergraduate thesis in a D/deaf kindergarten classroom in Nepal! I’m proud to be one of a handful of people outside Nepal to be fluent in Nepalese Sign Language (though I’m probably a little rusty!).
  4. I once made an entire dress out of soda pop tabs.
  5. I served as a co-author, videographer, & photographer for a resource website aimed at disseminating evidence-based instructional practices (EBIP) for young children with ASD: http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/ebip/

What 3 words would you use to describe The Autism Clinic?

Fulfilling, fantastic, fun!

What are your hobbies when you’re not working with our amazing children?

I’m a big nerd, and I love keeping up with and thinking about ABA research in my free time! I also have a secret love of crafting and weddings (and particularly crafting for weddings).

What is your favorite part about working at The Autism Clinic?

I love watching our kids make progress every day! There’s nothing more rewarding to me than watching a child begin to use appropriate communication strategies in lieu of challenging behavior to communicate his or her wants and needs.

What have you gained from working at The Autism Clinic?

The Edwardsville clinic had just been established when I joined the clinic a year ago, and being part of building a new clinic has been an ongoing learning process! I’ve learned a lot through the hands-on, collaborative process of shaping a preschool and afterschool program specific to our clients’ needs in Edwardsville. From these learning experiences and from the model clinic in Springfield, I’ve gained a better understanding of what works (and what doesn’t!) in creating and implementing skill acquisition plans and behavior intervention plans within clinic/classroom settings.

If you can go anywhere on a dream vacation, where would you go?

Somewhere off the beaten path with the opportunity for adventure. Iceland has always been on my bucket list!

Name: Amanda Lynch

Clinic Location: Springfield

Title: Registered Behavior Technician

Started at The Autism Clinic: May 2016

Experience in the field: A little over a year

What high school and college did you attend? What did you study? What are you currently studying?

I graduated from  Glenwood High School. I received my bachelors degree in elementary education from Illinois college.  I then attended Greenville to get special education enforcement and I’m currently working on my masters in special education.

Tell us 5 facts about you!

  1. I dj weddings on the side.
  2. I will beginning my first year as a special education teacher in a few weeks!
  3. I own a 1981 Volkswagen rabbit. ( it’s a diesel!)
  4. I have a Dalmatian named diesel.
  5. I just got my first tattoo. ( it’s a puzzle piece)

What 3 words would you use to describe The Autism Clinic?

Challenging, rewarding, insightful

What are your hobbies when you’re not working with our amazing children?

djing, reading, Pinterest, binge watching Netflix

What is your favorite part about working at The Autism Clinic?

I love working with and teaching kids! There isn’t anything else I would rather do.

What have you gained from working at The Autism Clinic?

Patience, knowledge about autism, and I have found my passion.

If you can go anywhere on a dream vacation, where would you go?

Disney world!

Name: Holly Lutes

Clinic Location: Edwardsville

Title: Behavior Technician

Started at The Autism Clinic: May 2017

Experience in the field: 4 years

What high school and college did you attend? What did you study? What are you currently studying?

I went to Pawnee High School, and graduated in 2006 with my high school diploma. After graduation, I went on to study psychology at SIUE and graduated in 2010. I plan to continue my education and get my Masters in ABA in the future.

Tell us 5 facts about you!

  1. I ran my first half marathon in April of 2013 and I actually enjoy running.
  2. I enjoy going camping.
  3. My favorite food is IMO’s Pizza.
  4. I have one sister.
  5. My favorite time of year is Christmas!

What 3 words would you use to describe The Autism Clinic?

Energetic, Fun, and Caring

What are your hobbies when you’re not working with our amazing children?

Some of my hobbies when I am not at work are running, hanging out with my husband and our families, reading, and binge watching shows on Hulu or Netflix!

What is your favorite part about working at The Autism Clinic?

My favorite part is watching each of the children succeed, and meet their goals!

What have you gained from working at The Autism Clinic?

I have learned so much more about the principles of ABA, and what implementation of those principles look like in both a Naturalistic and DTT setting.

If you can go anywhere on a dream vacation, where would you go?

Somewhere in the mountains.

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