CLiK would like to say congratulations to our Positive Behavior Support Specialists Bailey Robinson, Danielle Waters, and Christine Little for passing their exams to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts! Their hard work has paid off and we are very proud! Congratulations Bailey, Danielle, and Christine!
Positive Behavior Support Specialist of the Month, Paducah Region— Becky English!
Becky English, MA
“My motto that I live by is a quote by Danny Thomas the founder of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. “Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself, it’s what you do for others”. This motto is what led me to becoming a special education teacher and now a positive behavior support specialist. I love to help people and I hope to make a difference in their lives each day. In my free time I enjoy doing activities with my husband and three children. I enjoy running and being active. I love to do anything outdoors!”
***If you would like to contact Positive Behavior Support Specialist of the Month, Beck English, please call our office at 270-843-5300.***
Come join CLiK at this Years Buddy Walk October 25
The Buddy Walk® was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Today, the Buddy Walk program is supported nationally by NDSS and organized at the local level by parent support groups, schools and other organizations and individuals.
The Buddy Walk is now in its eighteenth year. What started in 1995 as 17 walks has grown to more than 250 walk across the country and around the world. Last year alone, 285,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk and collectively they raised over $11 million to benefit local programs and services and NDSS national advocacy initiatives.
The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is an inspirational and educational event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, come and join Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky’s Buddy Walk Saturday October 25, 2014 at the Hot Rods Stadium!
CLiK would like to highlight one of our Positive Behavior Support Specialists of the month, Sarah Roby:
Sarah Roby, MAEd
Here’s a little info about Sarah Roby, PBSS of the month!
“For the past 5 1/2 years, I worked as a Special Education teacher in both Daviess County and Hancock County schools. I enjoyed my time as a teacher, because I was able to work with some amazing kids and their families. However, I knew that I wanted to be able to work more closely with families in order to help modify and manage their child’s challenging behaviors. When I completed my Masters this past Spring, I knew that CLiK was the agency I wanted to work with. I began working with CLiK as a Positive Behavior Support Specialist this past June and have loved every minute of it! It is the most rewarding when I am able to see success with my participants and their families.”
“In my free time, I love spending time with my husband, our two puppies, and our families. We are expecting our first child this Spring and couldn’t be happier about adding to our family!”
** If you would like to contact Positive Behavior Support Specialist Sarah Roby, please call our office at (270)843-5300!**
The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU will be hosting the Special Needs Summit on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Knicely Center.
The target audience consists of parents, caregivers, family members, professionals, staff, and students. The conference theme is “Share the Vision.” The goals of the conference are to connect members of the special needs community with each other, provide valuable information and strategies on working with individuals and children with special needs, and provide information on community resources and services. The keynote speaker, Dr. Ann P. Kaiser, is a professor of education and human development at Vanderbilt University, and director for an Autism Center of Excellence. She will speak about parents as co-interventionists: Making meaningful differences in children’s communication outcomes.
The workshop speakers illustrate a broad range of disciplines involved in assisting families who have children with special needs along with adults who have disabilities as well. The speakers are Michelle Antle, Dr. Mark Deis, Jane Kitson, and Jeff Rose. The topics of the four sessions offered include Basic Principles of Prenatal and Early Child Brain Development, Early Childhood Interventions, Applied Behavior Analysis 101: Methods and Strategies, and Learning How to Care for Self While Caring for Others.
A entailing information concerning the event is attached. Please visit our website for registration and additional information. (www.wku.edu/summit/). Furthermore, please send this information to your staff as well as others that you think will benefit from this conference.
The CEC will be offering 4 CEU’s for the Summit. Disciplines we will cover include:
Marriage & Family Therapy
Speech Language Pathologist & Audiology
CLiK would like to highlight our other Positive Behavior Support Specialist of the month, Katie Cornell:
Katie Cornell, MS
Katie Cornell, MS
“I am originally from Chicago but recently moved here to complete my Masters. I graduated from Murray State University with my Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology, and eventually will return to school to attain a PhD in the same field. I began working with several CLiK participants as a CLS provider while I was working toward my Masters. I so enjoyed working alongside CLiK that I joined to become a behavior specialist. In my free time I conduct research with faculty at Murray State, and enjoy all things outdoors or sports related!”
** If you would like to contact Positive Behavior Support Specialist Katie Cornell, please call our office at (270)843-5300!**
CLiK would like to highlight one of our Positive Behavior Support Specialists of the month, Sarah Whitledge:
Sarah Whitledge, MSW, CSW
Sarah Whitledge, MSW, CSW
Graduate of WKU with a Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Sarah is currently taking courses through Florida Institute of Technology where she is working on a graduate certificate in ABA. Sarah has worked for CLiK since 2011 starting out as a community living support (CLS) provider and working her way up to Positive Behavior Support Specialist after completion of her MSW. She provides both Positive Behavior Supports and Mental Health Counseling at CLiK. Sarah is working towards her BCBA and LCSW while working for CLiK. Sarah has experience with a wide range of populations and enjoys helping those in need of behavioral services. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve, and their two pets Sidney and Raspy.
** If you would like to contact Positive Behavior Support Specialist Sarah Whitledge, please call our office at (270)843-5300!**
Update to US Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality says recent studies have gone far to fill gaps in evidence of clear benefits:
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CLiK would like to welcome our new Program Director, Cindy Flewallen to our agency!
Cindy Flewallen, BS
Cindy has over thirteen years experience in the intellectual/developmental disabilities field. Cindy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2012 in Psychology & Counseling. She also earned her Associates degree in Business Management in 2010. Cindy believes that personal liberties are essential to human dignity & human happiness.
To contact Cindy Flewallen, BS, please call our office at (270)843-5300!