Sandbox ABA Team
Rebecca M. Ryan
Rebecca M. Ryan, J.D., M.Ed, B.C.B.A
When a close family member was diagnosed with autism, Rebecca began to research the possibilities for a good prognosis. It took a while, but eventually she discovered ABA. With ABA she felt a promise of meaningful progress in changing the outlook of autism.
Having begun her career in economics, Rebecca soon found that she had a knack for ABA. She could understand autism and how ABA could positively change people’s lives. It was then that she decided to transition her skills into the ABA field. Influenced by her mentors, she learned how to go beyond conventional programming to assess and understand the individual child to be able create a program that fits his and her specific needs, interests, and sensitivities.
Rebecca believes being actively involved in the education and legislative communities can help inform the minds and persuade the hearts of those instrumental in providing services, training and funding for children with disabilities. She hopes to reach out to parents, teachers, children, administrators and legislators to promote the positive role ABA is playing for individuals with behavioral needs.
Rebecca lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two sons. She grew up in Houston, Texas and Alexandria, Virginia with her parents who she recalls as great influences - her Mom was a fighter, sticking up for those in need while her Dad was a dreamer who loved everything about life. Rebecca sees the world as an adventure and loves to travel. She enjoys reading, hiking, rock climbing, and learning. She measures success with every step to independence each student makes.