Today we introduce you to Mrs. Lauren as November is her birthday month!
Lauren Elliott is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) and is the Owner of SBH.
Tell us about your family.
My husband, Glenn, and I got married in 2010 and we have a beautiful daughter, Emma. We also have a Tabby Cat and a German Shorthaired Pointer who are very rambunctious. Fun fact: we also have chickens!
Do you have any hobbies or interests?
I love reading, writing, and have started to take an interest in hand lettering recently as well.
Favorite Birmingham restaurant?
Fancy’s on 5th.
Where did you go to school?
I completed undergrad at Auburn University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. In 2010, I graduated from Auburn University with a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus in Developmental Disabilities. War Eagle!
What made you want to be an BCBA?
I have always had a passion for helping others and seeking to assist people to reach their full potential. When I discovered the field of ABA, where I would have the opportunity to change the lives of children and their families, along with the practitioners working directly in therapy and show them love and compassion, it just made sense. I am passionate about showing others their worth and purpose regardless of the labels society places upon them, and truly believe we change the world with Behavior Analysis that is filled with love.
What’s your favorite aspect of being a BCBA?
I love building relationships with families and collaborating with other specialists that work with these children. Behavior analysis combines several aspects of other disciplines, and focuses on functional skills for independence. I love being able to teach such a variety of skills through the same principles, and being able to see the joy in the eyes of child or family member when those small successes are met.
What are your favorite resources for learning more about behavior analysis and/or Autism?
I firmly believe there is always more to learn. Keeping in contact with the literature is something I do regularly, however I also think it’s imperative to seek out the resources from other trusted professionals as well as the families we serve. When viewing resources, I always want to consider reliable and research based options. It’s also important to me to listen to the families we serve about what works for them, or what they wish they knew more about.
What’s the one thing you wish parents knew about behavior analysis?
As BCBA’s we are here to help families as a whole, not just the child. It takes a village to raise the tiny humans, and that village includes parents, siblings, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, and so many more throughout the community! We want each of our kids to be successful with us, but also in their whole world which extends beyond therapy. I am passionate about training and disseminating ABA to anyone who is interested in learning a bit more about how to be a part of that village.