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Psychology Technician Spotlight: Meet Lauren Vaughan

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One of the most important things we do at the Thompson Center is perform in-depth psychological evaluations for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Each evaluation can take hours and we would not be able to perform nearly enough without the support of our dedicated psychology technicians!

This June, we will meet our amazing psych techs and learn a little bit more about them and why they are passionate about working with children with autism! First, we will meet Lauren Vaughan!

What’s your name?

Lauren Vaughan (soon to be Sapp!)

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Ashland, MO.

What is your position at the Thompson Center?

I’m a psychology technician.

How long have you worked at the Thompson Center?

I’ve been working here since January of 2021.

What is your role at the Thompson Center?

I conduct psychological testing with kids and write up behavioral observations for testing.

What got you interested in working with autism?

I did ABA therapy during my time living in Chicago and really fell in love with working with kids with autism.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Thompson Center?

I love getting to spend time with the kids and getting to be included on the conceptualization of their cases to see what the outcome of their visit is and how all of the information we received helped to shape that diagnosis and treatment plan.