Kelly Schmader studied Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis at Capella University where she also completed a master's degree. Kelly has 7 years of experience in the Applied Behavior Analysis field working with children ranging from 18 months to 21 years of age. Kelly first started with in home support services, serving children diagnosed with autism and their families, working on decreasing behaviors that were interfering with their ability to gain functional skills. Kelly then went on to work with foster families and the children to advocate for their needs and help the children gain long term placements to reduce risk of exposure to trauma prior to reunification or adoption. This was done by helping the children reduce their behaviors that were getting in the way of their ability to function in a home/family environment and gain independent living skills.
Kelly has worked with different abilities and disabilities that range from Autism, ODD, ADHD, PTSD, Adjustment disorder, and Reactive Attachment Disorder. I have a passion to help those that help children in the foster care system sustain independent skills to a successful life after their experience. It is important that as a community member and Behavior Analyst that I look to the child's whole environment and work with the community to help these children in need. I truly believe it takes a village to raise children.