MS, behavior technician
Amanda Jones currently holds a Master of Science Degree in Psychology with emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Kaplan University. She has over 8 years of experience implementing ABA with children with autism and other developmental disabilities from 2 to 18 years old. After serving in the medical field for 6 years in the United States Air Force, she attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. While she was attending college, Amanda gained experience implementing ABA therapy in home, school and clinic settings as an ABA behavior technician. She has had specific training in play pivotal response skills, interactive play skills, and teaching conversational skills. She is highly trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Verbal Behavior (VB), Natural Environment Teaching (NET), and Discrete Trial Training (DTT). The most rewarding experience she has had with a client was hearing them say “mommy” for the first time after 5 years of not being able to communicate. She also enjoys working with preschoolers and preparing them for to join kindergarten. Amanda loves to work with students to help them into least restricted environments. She stated that watching her students tell her goodbye as they walked into their new first grade classrooms were some of her most rewarding moments! Amanda loves implementing ABA because she knows that she is making a difference in the lives of the children and the families that she works with. To see a child obtain the skills to communicate their wants and needs, the ability to join their friends in play, or learn their ABC’s are just a few reasons why she loves ABA!