Staff Spotlight: Shelly Will, Center Manager, Little Star Center Lafayette

Shelly has served as center manager at Little Star Center Lafayette  for four years. She handles overall operations regarding the center and communication with families.

What do you most enjoy about your job at Little Star Center?

I enjoy being part of the Little Star team and the learners’ therapy. Some of the therapists ask the learners to come to my desk each day to give me a high five, bring me an item or share a message as part of their therapy. One learner has my photo on his iPad and he presses it when he wants to come to my desk and say hello. I’m honored to be included in their therapy and growth.

What’s the best advice you’ve received?  

The best advice I’ve received is to try not to get emotional about the learners, but this is a challenge, especially when they are frustrated. The mom in me wants to cuddle and reassure them, but I know that’s not always part of the ABA therapy process. Those moments of frustration don’t last long because our therapists do a great job of helping them overcome the challenges — and often make it a priority to stop by and celebrate the learner’s accomplishment.

One thing I want people to know and understand about working with children affected by autism is….

They are wonderful, brilliant and have a great life just like everyone else.

A few other details about Shelly

My husband, Harry, and I have two children Shelby, 17, and Bryce, 8.  I love spending time with my family and my pets. I also enjoy going for walks and camping – as long as I can keep the bugs at bay.

We have two dogs, Teddy and Bear. Get it? Teddy Bear! I also have three cats, Rizzo, and brother and sister Bonnie and Clyde.