Angelique Walsh, MA, BCBA
Regional Director, Treasure Coast Florida
What seems like many moons ago today, I was lucky enough to find my passion at Florida State University. It was probably around 1995 or so when I happened upon a piece of paper hanging in the psychology building labeled Autism Special Topics. Little did I know that this class would forever change my life. In this class I was offered the opportunity to work with a child with Autism in the school system. After the semester was over I kept returning to the school to work with this young boy because being part of his progress brought me great joy. It was in those moments of joy that I realized that I must pursue behavior analysis to help other children out in the world to reach their potential. For several years after graduating with my B.S. degree in psychology, I worked in homes running discrete trial therapy for children with Autism. In 2001 I began working in the child welfare area with children who had been abused and neglected on a granted project through the University of South Florida and University of Florida. The effects of behavior analysis on this population was profound as the team I worked with assisted in keeping children in their placements longer, increased the number of behaviorally trained families, decreased the frequency and duration of runaways, assisted with reunifications, transition families through behavior changes during an adoption process, and helping step children down to less restrictive placements.
Shortly after joining the granted project, I went on to purse and complete my master’s degree in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis from University of Nevada at Reno in 2003. Sadly in 2008 the granted project through the University ended and Karin Torsiello, Paula Leonardo and I quickly came together to figure out how we could continue to offer services to this underserved population without the grant. Along with securing contracts in the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast regions with a team of caring and dedicated people we were determined to also service people who lived outside those regions. To allow others outside the area at least learn about using behavioral principals for creating a happier home and change the upsetting behavior we designed a DVD series named the Secrets of Modern Parenting.
Angelique is also our Regional Director of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast, overseeing ABA services in this four-county region. It is a great honor to serve as the Regional Director of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee area alongside an educated, creative, hardworking team. In this capacity, she is responsible for presenting to community agencies as well as hiring and training qualified behavior analysts and registered behavior technicians, managing caseloads and referrals.