What I have learned as a therapist…

May 8, 2015 - Morgan McClellan

What I have learned as a therapist…

See what our ABA therapists have learned about…


“When you work with children, it’s a whole different kind of professionalism. It doesn’t come with suits and ties, it comes with rolling around on the floor, games of tag, making silly faces and playing with shaving cream.” – Toby Rickett

“No matter if you’re on the clock or off the clock, you represent Cornerstone. You need to present yourself as a professional at all times.” -Justin Willis

“Professionalism comes in all different qualities and characteristics such as accountability, trustworthiness, respect, the way you present yourself, your actions, confidence, competency and your ability to communicate with others.” – Sarah Saxton

“Showing up at Cornerstone ready to start the day is important. Not thinking about what is going on at home, but focusing on how to help your client succeed is essential to creating the consistent environment that they need.” – Megan Lawless

“Outside the work place you have to protect the child’s privacy and respect it. As a therapist, you have to also respect who the child is as a person. They are not defined by their autism.” – Brian Cherry


“I came to Cornerstone knowing very little about ABA therapy.  Cornerstone has provided me with thorough training on how to implement ABA therapy and has guided me through each step along the way.  The staff continually provides me with opportunities to grow as a therapist.  ABA therapy has made such an observable difference in our kiddos at Cornerstone.” – Amy Kahlenbeck

“It doesn’t just fit into one field. ABA can be used in a lot of different areas. It can be used with co-workers, peers, family and pets. You just have to take time to pay attention to the people and situations around you.” – Shelby Wise

“All kids can make progress with ABA. It has taught me to celebrate the small victories.” – Arielle Lofgren

“Each child or teenager is different. Every client has his or her own personality. It’s up to us to unlock their personalities, befriend them, find out how they learn and make learning fun.” – Rebecca Johnson


“If you can’t communicate with your co-therapist, you could be on two opposite sides of the spectrum and that could affect the client negatively. It’s important to be on the same wavelength because you want the client to have a consistent learning environment.” – Jordan Baker

“Communication is key for not only the success of our therapy, but for our client’s success as well. Co-therapists must be in sync, from the way a program is run to communicating changes in client behavior.” – Jake Paquette

“Communication is key to making sure everyone is on the same page.  It helps to reduce a lot of confusion.” – Gina Ricke

“I’ve learned that it is extremely important in everyday life and when working at Cornerstone.  Communication skills are effective when used properly with clients, coworkers, leads, and parents.”
– Denise Maxie


“You have to be a team player in order for your client to succeed.” – Kandise Thompson

“Teamwork strengthens a work place and promotes a positive learning environment.” – Courtney Doll

“Since working at Cornerstone, I’ve learned the importance of teamwork.  Here at Cornerstone, we all work together to help our clients.  All of my coworkers are supportive and we all want one another to succeed.  It’s been great having such a strong support system!” – Megan Graves

“It takes more than one therapist to help a child reach his or her potential. It takes a team of dedicated professionals and family members to empower the client’s success.”
– Alyssa Gale

“Being a team player is vital to the child’s progress. Communicating with your co-therapists ensures that you’re up to date on how the child’s day is going and you can celebrate the client’s successes together.” – Regina Piland

“Just like it’s important for both members of our kids’ teams to exhibit teamwork, it is important for every person our kids are around to work together. Our hope and expectation is for our clients to generalize their skills across different settings and with different people. Therapists, family members and leads have to work together to follow behavior intervention plans and ensure the skills they are learning are being practiced in new places with many different people. The families and employees of Cornerstone show great teamwork because we know it helps our kids so much!” – Erin Torline

“It’s more than communication and being on the same page.  Teamwork is the heart of success at Cornerstone.  We share ideas, we challenge each other, we encourage, we work hard, we persevere, we trust.  We do more than work together, we do life together.” – Allison Kipper

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May 8, 2015, Morgan McClellan

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