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Staff Spotlight: Jackie Thaxton, Little Star Center Lafayette, Indiana

Jackie Thaxton has been with Little Star Center for four years. As assistant clinical director, she is responsibleJackie678 for the day-to-day management of Little Star Center Lafayette. In addition to her job at Little Star Center, Jackie is in the final stages of planning her September wedding. Here’s more information about Jackie:

What do you most enjoy about your job at Little Star Center?  I love getting to work with Little Star Center families to ensure that the skills the learners acquire here are transferring to the home and community settings.  It’s always great when the parents come in and share a success their child had at home.  ABA can make a huge impact on the lives of those affected by autism and it’s great to be able to play a part in that.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Success comes in cans, not can’ts.

What are your favorite activities when not working at Little Star Center?  I love being outside and near water.  I also love traveling. I try to visit at least one new place every year.

One thing I want people to know and understand about working with children affected by autism is….First and foremost, they’re kids.  No limitations should be placed on them based on their diagnosis.  With effective teaching methods, you never know what a child will be able to accomplish!

Another detail about Jackie: She has a dog (Kember) and a cat (Coco)

Staff Spotlight – Angela Vargas, assistant clinical director, Lafayette West

Angela534Angela Vargas, assistant clinical director at our Lafayette West location, joined Little Star Center two years ago. She is responsible for all clinical and day-to-day activities at Lafayette West. Here’s more information about Angela:

What do you most enjoy about your job at Little Star Center? The collaboration among team members at all levels. It’s incredible to watch each learner make progress and know that the entire treatment team (parents, therapists, program managers, etc.) worked together to develop an individualized, intensive, and comprehensive program for that learner.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? As it relates to behavior analysis, the best advice I’ve ever been given is, “If someone isn’t learning something, there is a problem with your teaching.”

One thing I want people to know and understand about working with children affected by autism is…. every single individual affected by autism is different. Autism is a diagnosis, not a label.

What are your favorite activities when not working at Little Star Center? I enjoy working out, watching movies, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my boyfriend and our two dogs, Rocky and Shyla.