Mallory contacted FAR this past fall to see how she might be able to help. She's been volunteering ever since, sharing information about FAR and helping raise funds. FAR is most appreciative of her initiative, time, and talents.
After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, I accepted my first job as an Autism Communication Facilitator within the Lafayette School Corporation. Working directly with preschool students on the spectrum, I was quickly exposed to the challenges these children and families face, and more notably, the amazing role of ABA therapy.
Utilizing principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the classroom, I was fascinated by how well our students responded to some of the strategies used and the impact these tools had on their ability to control their behavior and communicate more effectively. I was inspired by the power of ABA and eager to make a difference. Working with families, I was encouraged by their hope ABA brought about, but still aware that the cost of these services can be a tremendous burden.
When I learned about the mission of FAR, I instantly pictured the faces of some of the kiddos I had worked with...their mothers and fathers...how desperately they wanted services for their children, but how limited they were financially. It was heartbreaking. I was passionate about getting involved; so I decided to reach out.
Currently a graduate student in Speech Language Pathology at Purdue, I am working with organizations on Purdue's campus to raise funds for FAR. I look forward to the partnership we can create and to working with children on the spectrum in my future career.