A long, long, long…. time ago, in what feels like another galaxy, I was a college student that signed on for an awesome paying gig ($7 an hour) as a tutor for a child with autism. As a psychology major looking into my future of inevitable graduate school applications, I was thrilled to be getting some experience to add to my resume while making some money. (Did I mention it was an awesome paying gig at $7 an hour?)
At the time, I was writing journal entries about about my ego in conflict with id and superego, enjoying social psychology class more than experimental psych, and obsessed with abnormal psychology. I actually remember the class where my professor handed out a page that listed famous people that suffered from disorders including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (and perhaps autism, but we didn’t talk much about that). I don’t remember the professor’s name or face, but I can remember that sheet as clear as day. At the time my favorite reads were written by Sacks and Aronson, and I loved to talk about Freud. That is, until my new boss, the mother of the child with autism I was hired to tutor, handed me a book called “Let me hear your voice” authored by Catherine Maurice.
The book, along with the days long training I would receive over the next few weeks, changed my life. You might argue it was the training alone or the wonderful feeling I got when the child with autism learned to do the things I was teaching him, but it was that book that changed my life, because in it, I was introduced to Bridget Taylor.
After reading that book, my aspirations to be a psychologist in the traditional sense changed and my new aspiration, to go learn from Bridget Taylor, became front and center. Every move I made from that moment on was made to make sure that I could apply and get a job at Alpine Learning Group.
I worked at Alpine for only a year before I went on to graduate school. A few years after I started grad school, I lost touch with Dr. Taylor for about 13 years, but always saw Dr. Taylor as a source of inspiration and knowledge. Throughout the years though, I actively sought out opportunities to see her speak or read something she wrote, and it should come as no surprise that I asked her to be a guest speaker for ABAC as soon as I could.
Two years ago, Dr. Taylor agreed to present a webinar for ABAC and her upcoming event for the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series will air just a year and a week after her first ABACLive presentation. She is a wonderful speaker and it is impossible not to learn and be inspired when you hear her speak. I hope you have the opportunity to see her live through us, or at a conference during the course of your career. You won’t regret it.
Today’s “read the speaker” will allow you to get to know Dr. Taylor and some of her work. While by no means an complete list, I selected a few articles for you, and if you are interested in checking out the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series webinar presented by Dr. Taylor please click here.
I hope you enjoy them.
Taylor, B. A. (2015). Stereo Knobs and Swing Sets: Falling in Love with the Science of Behavior. The Behavior Analyst, 38(2), 283–292. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40614-015-0041-6
Taylor, B. A., & Fisher, J. (2010). Three important things to consider when starting intervention for a Child Diagnosed With Autism. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 3(2), 52–53. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004692/pdf/i1998-1929-3-2-52.pdf
Taylor, B. A., Hughes, C. E., Richard, E., Hoch, H., & Rodriquez Coello, A. (2004). Teaching teenagers with autism to seek assistance when lost. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 37(1), 79–82. http://doi.org/10.1901/jaba.2004.37-79