Autism Center News
Introduction from the Executive Director, Timothy Yeager
In 2010, I graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics, packed my bags and moved to New York City, to pursue a PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis. From day 1, it was my goal to obtain an education to help train practitioners on the best practices for including individuals with disabilities in a general education classroom, and in society as a whole.
As a credentialed general and special education teacher and a BCBA at the Fred S Keller School, a preschool for children with autism, I had a great privilege to work with many incredible children, remarkable mentors, and school districts which promoted inclusive practices.
It is an exciting time for the Autism Center. While acknowledging that the changes which have transpired in the past six months have been difficult for most, the Autism Center finds itself in a great place to move forward. We currently employ more BCBA's than ever, and for the first time have an executive director which can work full time. This additional support, should only benefit the clients in which we serve.
As a former behavior therapist and a consultant to the Autism Center, I am so excited to be working here with this great staff. It is my goal to move the Autism Center forward, building upon the work that has been done by adding to its technology of teaching. At the Autism Center, it isn't sufficient for us to only teach our clients a set of skills, we must address the bigger picture of expanding the way in which our clients learn, minimizing, if not eliminating, their need for direct instruction. In the past 4 years, I have studied an application of ABA, that has had profound impact for many, by targeting different types of behaviors which lead to this environmental expanding change. I plan to bring this technology of teaching to our staff here at the Autism Center over the next year.
In my first month here, I have had a great time getting to know all of the kids at the Autism Center. Walking through the halls, and seeing so many smiling faces has been a joy. I look forward to continuing and hopefully adding to this positive environment.
On a personal note, it is great to be back home with my family and friends, in the Central Valley assisting the community in which I was born and raised.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns. My office door is always open and my phone always available.