After receiving an autism diagnosis, there are many different services available to serve the spectrum of needs that vary from person to person. One intervention offered at the Thompson Center is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce the Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) that make up our Applied Behavioral Intervention Services (ABIS) division. Read our latest spotlight to meet Brittany Schmitz!
How long have you worked for the Thompson Center?
I have been at the Thompson Center for eight years. I started as a registered behavior technician (RBT) in 2014 and then when I graduated with my masters in 2018 I transitioned to my current role as a BCBA.
What are your main job duties?
As a BCBA, I design and monitor ABA interventions, train RBTs, and train and supervise graduate students.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Versailles, MO near Lake of the Ozarks. I currently live in Ashland.
What is your educational background?
I earned a Bachelor of Science in health sciences and Master of Science in applied behavior analysis from Mizzou.
Where did you work before you came to the Thompson Center?
I have worked as a babysitter, in a daycare, as a server in restaurants, cashier at Walmart, and worked in some group homes.
What is your favorite thing about working at the Thompson Center?
I love the variety of clients that I am able to help and working with a group of behavior analysts that are supportive and collaborative in problem-solving.
What got you interested in working with people with autism?
In my undergraduate program, I interned at the Thompson Center in a social skills group with kids with autism. I loved the uniqueness of each child and watching the skills they gained open up so many opportunities for them. After that I was hooked and continued pursuing opportunities to learn more.
What do you wish more people knew about ABA?
I wish people knew that our goal is not to take away the identity of people with autism or to make people fit into a box of what society claims to be “normal.” Our goal is to help them communicate, advocate for themselves, and gain skills to build their independence and autonomy.
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned in your time working at the Thompson Center?
I have learned to embrace and celebrate the uniqueness of every person.
When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy hanging out with my dog and two cats, reading, and spending time with my favorite people.