Paula Sorica is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) that has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) since 2010. She began working as a behavior therapist with clients aged 3-9years old with limited verbal skills using Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Teaching (NET) methods. In 2013, she began working with clients ranging in age from 3-22 years old that also demonstrated severe problem behavior. She became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in 2014, and a BCBA in 2018.
She has worked with clients ranging in age from 2-55 years old with a range of behavior concerns, including limited verbal repertoires, physical aggression, self-injurious behavior, property destruction, tantrum behavior, stereotypical behavior, elopement behavior, and inappropriate social and sexual behavior. She has worked in a myriad of settings, including clinics, centers, schools, residential facilities, group homes and community based programs.
She is a certified instructor in Professional Crisis Management and is passionate about training others to safely intervene in crisis situations to quickly deescalate crisis episodes and aid the client in returning to a stable level of functioning while using the least restrictive methods that maintain the clients rights to dignity and respect. She is, likewise, passionate about advocating for her clients rights to ethical, effective, respectful and socially meaningful services and supports across the lifespan.
She is the older sister and aunt of two individuals on the autism spectrum with co occurring disorders, and the mother of a young child with anxiety. She, therefore, practices what she teaches on a daily basis and has personal experience providing supports to individuals and families affected by autism and related disorders since 1995. She has volunteered for over a decade working with abused, abandoned, and neglected children, the elderly in hospice care, and teenage mentoring programs.
She has spent all of her teenage and adult years working to better herself thru her service to those who are the most vulnerable and in need of the most care and selfless giving. In her personal time, she enjoys practicing mindfulness, meditation and other yogic practices, listening to every genre of music, TED talks, and other video/podcasts, watching whatever Netflix recommends, learning new ways of seeing and doing things around the world, and spending time with her closest friends and extended/blended family of 2 dads, 3 moms, 12 siblings, 21 nieces and nephews, and countless aunts, uncles, and cousins.