Senior Family Support Specialist
What I do at TAP:
As a Family Support Specialist, the majority of my time is spent talking with families or individuals who are looking for ASD-related information and resources. Whether they need information about a new diagnosis or about transitioning to adult services, my hope is to help the journey be a smoother one by providing both knowledge and compassion. When I’m not in the office, I can usually be found traveling all around the state providing training to parents and professionals. While teaching has always been my passion, working at The Autism Project has made me realize that my true passion is adult education. I love standing in front of a group of peers and seeing the “light bulb moments” when I am able to connect the information I am teaching to tangible experiences in their own lives.
One fun fact about me is:
While working at TAP, I was inducted into the world of Cat Rescue along with several of my co-workers. I am super grateful to my hubby who has worked so hard remodeling our laundry room, which now serves at the “foster room.” Since 2017, my family has helped to rescue and foster over 18 cats. My two children enjoy cuddling the cuties after a long day at school. The whole experience has been puuurfectly magical!
My professional bio:
I began my Autism journey as an Education/Special Education student, where I was first introduced to the Autism Project during an ASD Professional Development training. My passion for Special Education and Autism was further ignited when my son was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. While working at The Autism Project, I graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Human Development and Family studies and used my experience and training to become a Certified Community Health Care Worker. I’m currently, attending Rhode Island College Master of Social Work program, where I hope to graduate in 2021 as a LCSW.