Today we introduce you to Miss Hayden!

Hayden Rizer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA).

Tell us about your family.

In the summer of 2020, my boyfriend, Taylor, and I moved back to Birmingham, AL from Louisiana! We are so excited to return home and have lots of fun with our 2 dogs, Turner and Dooley, and our cat T.J.

Do you have any hobbies or interests?

I recently picked up embroidery as a hobby and enjoy making these for family and friends! I also love spending time outdoors with my pets, visiting the Market at Pepper Place on Saturdays, and cooking for people! 

Favorite Birmingham restaurant?

Bettola.

Where did/do you go to school?

I completed undergrad at Birmingham-Southern College and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Counseling. In 2018, I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master of Science degree in Psychology, emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.

What made you want to be an BCBA?

After spending my summers working at a camp for children and adults with various exceptionalities, I researched graduate programs and career paths that specialize in working with this population. Some of my friends were in the process of obtaining degrees in ABA to become BCBAs, and after visiting them I knew this was what I wanted to do as well. I love being in a field that is dedicated to helping others each and every day!

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. When providing more comprehensive services to families, we tend to spend a lot of time with these children and experience a lot of milestones. I love celebrating the victories along the way and seeing families incorporate foundational ABA skills into their everyday lives. Additionally, it is incredibly rewarding to blend ABA with other services and it be a positive experience for all. 

What are your favorite resources for learning more about behavior analysis and/or Autism?

I firmly believe there is always more to learn not only from other professionals, but also our families! When exploring new resources, I communicate with others and even review information on social media from sound resources. Workshops and support groups have really benefitted me over the years as a BCBA.

What’s the one thing you wish parents knew about behavior analysis?

While there is a lot of formal language in our field, we are here to help make that language user friendly and more importantly, provide resources that work best for you and your family. ABA does not look the same for everyone, and it also goes well beyond just helping those with autism! We are a newer science compared to other fields, but many of us are eager to share what we do and collaborate with other professionals to best support what is best for the child and family!

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