Today we introduce you to Miss Savanna! Savanna is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).

Tell us about your family.

My mom, Lori, was born in Miami, lived in Chicago for a while, then Texas, then Enterprise, AL where she spent the majority of her time of school there. She is a Registered Nurse and has worked in CVICU, ICU, Long-term care, and now Outpatient Procedures. She has 2 cats, Roswell and River. Lori enjoys photographing her favorite bands when they are on tour and can get you a great price on travel as well! She is literally the best mom in the world.

Do you have any hobbies or interests?

I love to cook, I love to sleep, I enjoy working out with friends, I love live music such as concerts or music festivals, and I love checking out new restaurants. I satiate on music and film/TV history.

Favorite Birmingham restaurant?

Honestly, Taco Mama or Rojo for the environment if I’m with friends. My personal favorite restaurant here is Hot & Hot.

Where did/do you go to school?

I went to Troy University in Troy my freshman year, transferred to University of Alabama for my sophomore year in my undergrad, then ultimately moved back to Troy and finished school there. My undergrad is Bachelors in Psychology, and I am getting my Masters in Special Education at Arizona State University.

What made you want to be an RBT?

I wanted to become a BCBA because I love the work behind the scenes. I enjoy viewing data and seeing functional relations, creating graphs, and I feel like I have good judgment on what might help the clients increase their correct responses and reduce problem target behaviors.

What’s your favorite aspect of being a RBT?

I love being able to be silly with the clients. This job has taught me how to be a kid again. I also love my coworkers and the clinic, the environment is amazing in every way.

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

I have great resources as I am taking my Masters including articles, graphing project, and quizzes to help me understand the material. My favorite resources are Lauren Elliott, Morgan Robinette, and Hannah Borek above me credential wise who are always willing to answer questions and offer guidance.

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

I wish parents knew that this job wasn’t “day care”. It is a very carefully designed session for each individual client that you are consistently taking data on multiple things at one while trying to avoid challenging/target behaviors. There are so many factors that go into one session with one client.

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