LLA Spotlight: Stephanie Kilijanczyk

We have amazing therapists at LLA and want to showcase them to you! This week, meet Stephanie Kilijanczyk!

Stephanie is a Registered Behavior Technician Fellow who has been with LLA for 2 years! She serves clients at our Fairlawn clinic. She became a therapist because she wanted to be a part of the success stories of the clients she is honored to work with. Her favorite part about being a therapist is watching the children learn and grow skills that appeared to be out of reach!

Share a success story!

One of my favorite success stories is about my first client I ever worked with as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). I would start every session with the client asking him about his weekend or his day, and I would get 1-2 word responses and he would always be hesitant to give me eye contact. We worked together for several months, and we worked every day on conversation skills and reciprocal statements. When it was time to say goodbye to my friend, we were able to talk back and forth, with eye contact, for several minutes about all sorts of topics! I will never forget this special kiddo and the impact he had on my career in ABA.

Let’s get to know Stephanie better!

Describe your role at LLA:

I am currently an RBT Fellow at LLA. I assist Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) in implementing behavior reduction and skill acquisition treatment plans. I am a fellow because I am finishing my hours and will sit for a board exam to become a BCBA!

What is your favorite movie?

Tangled

What is your favorite team?

Cleveland Browns

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Italy

How did you discover your passion for working with children?

I started babysitting at a young age and loved taking care of children. I volunteered at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and fell in love with helping children and making them smile. Once I discovered ABA, a science that involves helping children grow and succeed, I knew this was the path for me.

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss

What is your favorite season?

Fall

What is the best therapy advice you have ever received?

Always remember to not take the bad days personally and to come to work with a smile on your face and positive thoughts for the day!

Would you rather have ice cream or cookies?

Ice cream

What is the best concert you have ever been to? 

Shania Twain

Tune in to our next Spotlight to meet another one of our wonderful therapists!