Areas of Focus: ACT, Adolescents, Advocacy, Adult, Autism, Behavioral Disorders, Decreasing Maladaptive Behavior, Early Intervention, FBA/FA, Goal Development, Mental Health, Mindfulness, OBM, Parent Consultation, Parent Training, RBT Training/Supervision, Special Education, Social Skills, Staff Development, Teens, Verbal Behavior
She has always been drawn to service, and after completing a year with AmeriCorps in her hometown after undergraduate school in Pennsylvania, she moved to New England to pursue a graduate degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. During this time, she nurtured her passion of working with children, and gained professional experience in both private and public educational settings as well as in community and home settings. Valuing diversity in her professional endeavors, after graduating with a dual Master’s in Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, Ashton accepted an opportunity with the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital to work with pre-school aged children with intensive special needs in their Autism Clinic. After recognizing her heart remained outside of a hospital setting, she decided to return to a more traditional educational setting, and took a position as an administrator and Behavior Specialist for The Auburn School in Virginia, where she was able to take part in building and supporting a unique private school with an emphasis on providing a more holistic approach within a nurturing educational environment. This is where Ashton found the powerful benefits of integrating social-emotional learning into applied behavior analysis, and was able to apply her creative spin on developing evidence-based supports to build the middle and high school programming. During that time, she partnered with an advocacy group that had expanded from Chicago to Washington, D.C., and provided consultation through advocacy for clients seeking guidance in navigating the public education system. After nearly six years serving The Auburn School, Ashton moved into a unique consulting position with an Easterseals program funded through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health, supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. During this time with Easterseals, she built collaborative partnerships within the community and held workshops and trainings for educational staff on local military bases supported through the U.S. Department of Defense. Currently, Ashton is living in Washington State consulting for a Supported Living program funded under the Developmental Disabilities Administration with the Washington Department of Health, working to train and educate staff and support programmatic growth within the agency.
Through Ashton’s wide-ranging career experience, she’s continuously sought to practice her craft “outside the box,” in order to bring to light the expansive power and broad scope of behavior science. She’s grown a passion for incorporating evidence-based mindfulness practices which integrate mind and body to improve behavior, and work through a holistic framework that emphasizes her specialization in behavior science, but incorporates other approaches that provide well-rounded development in order to optimize potential within individuals and organizations. Ashton incorporates elements of Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into her work with individuals and organizations. She has a passion for coaching people to achieve their goals and dreams, and believes in the power of body-mind integration as an effective approach to creating sustainable and positive change at the individual and collective level.