Laura Molleur Hughes, M.Ed., Retired BCBA
I began I began my career as a special education teacher for children with emotional/behavioral disorders and then transitioned into a behavior consultant position for various districts within the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for 15 plus years. In 2012 I moved to the Hill Country of Texas. I worked for one of the larger school districts in the Hill Country as one of their behavior/autism specialists and am now working for a smaller district as their behavior specialist.
Not only have I been fortunate to gain a wealth of experience from my varied job opportunities, but I have been able to broaden my knowledge in special education and specifically, autism through a wonderful program at the University of North Texas. I received my Masters in Education in Special Education with a Specialization in Autism Intervention) plus a Graduate Academic Certificate in Autism Intervention.
Finally, I sat for my exam and am officially a board certified behavior analyst - a BCBA. I completed a graduate certification program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through the ABA program at the University of North Texas.
I have always been blessed with great teachers and mentors. A few of these are: Dr. Peggy McMillan, Stephanie Maglisceau, LPC., Dr. Barbara Hinojosa, Lana Allen, LPC., Dr. Frankie Schwartzwald, Dr. S. Mehta, Dr. B. Combes, Debbie Farr, MS.Ed., and Dr. Dana Garner, BCBA-D. Many thanks for your wisdom, patience, and guidance.
On a more personal note, there are some mentors and supporters who don't get a break teaching me about behavior, love, forgiveness, and acceptance. I want to thank my precious family: my sons, Josh & Jonas; daughters, Tara & Aryn; daughters-in-law, Liz and Maggie; sons-in-law, Jordan & Cody; and last but not least, my four grandchildren, Liviya, Luke, Benny and Lenora. I am indeed grateful for the people God has brought into my life.
In closing, I look forward to this site growing. I truly believe victories can increase for individuals with ASDs. Therefore, it is so important to build on individual strengths and address vital areas which can be very challenging to many with an ASD. Together, with the right tools and information, 'we' will be better prepared to map out victories for individuals with ASDs.