Melanie W, MA, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst 

Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2020

Education

Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis
Ball State University

Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology
Indiana State University

Credentials and Certification 

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst 
  • CPR/First Aid Certified 

Clinical Expertise

  • Applied Behavior Analysis 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Skill Acquisition and Behavior Reduction  
  • Working with a multidisciplinary team  
  • Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) 

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My Story

I grew up babysitting my neighbor with Down Syndrome and worked as a camp counselor with children with various disabilities throughout high school and college. In college, I volunteered at a stay-away camp for children with disabilities where one of the head counselors was a BCBA. She discussed the functions of behavior and provided strategies to use with our campers and I was hooked! I was working towards my undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology, but soon after graduation changed paths and started my Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis. I have been a BCBA since February 2018 and have loved working to better the lives of my clients and their families!  

My Blue Bird Day

I have only been working at Blue Bird Day since February 2020, but knew the day I interviewed that this was the place I wanted to be! I love working with the multidisciplinary team and collaborating on individualized goals for each client. I feel very lucky to work with such compassionate and supportive clinicians! 

My Blue Bird Day Goals

  1. I want to continue to grow as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through continuing education courses and from other therapists!