Areas of Focus: Advocacy, Adult, Autism, Decreasing Maladaptive Behavior, Goal Development, Reform, Social Skills, Staff Development
Jenny Hayes uses she/her and they/them pronouns. They are neurodivergent and this has helped them connect with the people they work with immensely. They have been a BCBA for one year and in the ABA field for 6 years. Their entire work experience, starting with their first job in high school, has been within the realm of disabilities and Autism.
Currently, they work with disabled adults in residential and day program settings. They have been in their current position for over four years. While at their current job they have implemented a few meaningful changes within the company. Most importantly, Jenny started a healthy relationships program for the adult services division which provides a starting point to talk about sexuality, friendships, relationships, and gender. They hope this will continue to grow, especially post Covid. They have also enacted some more inclusive practices surrounding gender and identity.
Prior to this position, Jenny worked as a therapeutic mentor and training and support worker for children with mental health conditions. This led them to in home behavioral services and ABA as a field.
They received my Masters of Education from Endicott College in December 2019. They also have their Massachusetts license (LABA). They hope to pursue a PhD in the future and continue with reforming the ABA field from the inside out!
Jenny has a rescue black lab that they have failed at using ABA principles with and therefore she rules their life. But they wouldn’t have it any other way. Jenny also enjoys baking, arts and crafts, and learning new things all the time.