Allyson Bell has helped shape our Behavioral Services program for more than two years as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She says this job is her purpose and it allows her to use her talents to make a difference in people’s lives.
Bell’s experience with children with special needs started when she was 17. She taught private swim lessons to children impacted by autism. Then, she went to the University of Kansas where she planned to go into nursing. That is until she got a job working as an individual intensive supports provider (IISP) with a little girl who had an Applied Behavior Analysis home program. She was a natural. She says her whole life changed from that experience. She realized her true passion was Applied Behavioral Analysis. She changed her major and continued working as an individual intensive supports provider.
When she graduated from college, she immediately started her master’s degree and took a job as a case manager for the State of Kansas. A few months later, Heartspring approached her and she began working part-time until she transitioned into a full-time role.
In her time at Heartspring, Allyson has written programs for countless children who are impacted by autism, helping them to grow and meet important milestones in their lives. She’s improved their communication skills, their ability to complete daily care tasks and their behaviors. Allyson constantly rewrites the programs to keep up with her patients’ development. She also monitors the individual intensive supports providers to make sure everything is going smoothly. Allyson began conducting quarterly in-services for her team to make sure everyone was on the same page. Since Allyson has worked with children impacted by autism for seven years, she is a good resource for her team and is able to relate to the people she manages.
Allyson also loves the research aspects of ABA. While at Heartspring, She studied how children reacted when greeted by a NAO robot instead of a person to better understand how children with special needs communicate. In college, she was published in the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research for the research she did on self-injurious behavior among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
She spends her free time with her one-year old son, taking him on trips around Wichita.