Laura began her journey navigating the field of Autism when a family member was diagnosed at a young age, but she always had a special interest advocating for those with learning differences. Laura worked for an organization throughout high school and college assisting people with disabilities of all age groups – providing opportunities and teaching necessary skills to become more involved in society.
After working in a variety of clinics while earning her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Arkansas in 2016, Laura realized the importance of integrating applied behavior analysis throughout all practices. She worked briefly as a licensed assistant in speech-language pathology (SLP-A) the summer before she earned her Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Intervention at the University of Texas in 2017.
Before working at Sandbox, Laura trained extensively as a registered behavioral therapist (RBT) using the Early Start Denver Model and she specializes in naturalistic teaching strategies. Laura’s particular interests in the field include; natural environment teaching strategies, language development, coping strategies for anxiety management, autism advocacy and parent training.
In Laura’s free time, she enjoys cuddles with her giant Rottweiler Leo, baking, hot yoga, and exploring Austin.