Ashley Bastin | RBT Program Coordinator
Registered Behavior Technician
Ashley Clark graduated from American Public University with a BA in Child and Family Development. While earning her BA degree, Ashley gained experience working with young children through church programs and a personal nanny. After graduating from college, Ashley followed her passion of working with young children at the Grace Lutheran Child Development Center. While at Grace, Ashley gained experience as a teacher of infants and young toddlers. In 2014, Ashley became the Child Development Director at Grace Lutheran where she developed a natural environment type curriculum that incorporated hands on activities for the children. Ashley has a passion for natural environment teaching and learning through play. She helped assist and train a staff of 13 teachers to incorporate this type of curriculum to a program of 40 students. Ashley was then introduced to ABA Therapy in 2015 and fell in love. She then decided to join the MBT team. She began her ABA training and experience at MBT under the supervision of Lindsay Chapman. She continues to study and gain experience through working with the staff and clients at MBT.
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
Ever since I was a young child I have always wanted to work with children. Most times it was pretend play as a teacher, other times it would be just playing house. I always knew that children had a special tug on my heart and it has always been where I found the most happiness in life.
- Favorite Children’s movie?
My favorite children’s movie would have to be a tie between The Mighty Ducks 2 or Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Christmas.
- Hidden Talent?
Hmm.. well if you know me well it may not be “hidden” but I would say one of my talents is painting furniture
- Favorite Color?
So many to choose from! I love all pastel colors.
- Favorite Board Game?
Favorite board game would be Mouse Trap
- If you joined the circus what would your job be?
If I joined the circus my job would be to tumble on the power track. I think it would be awesome to be able to throw your body in the air and do multiple types of tumbling skills and flips.
- What is the most important part of your therapy session?
The most important part of my therapy session is building the relationship with the client. I believe the key to working with children/adults is to focus on the person as an individual. To take the time and learn each smile, facial expression, cry, moan, or gesture, opens up a new world to teaching. Once there is trust, you begin to create a motivation for not only that child, but as a therapist as well. No human being is the same and that is my favorite thing about humans :) Each one is an individual with talents and skills that God has specifically chosen for that person. As a therapist and as an individual it is my goal to focus and recognize these characteristics and figure out how we can grow together as a team.
- Cheesiest joke you know?
“What did the sushi say to the bee?” “Wassabe!!”
- Favorite comfort food?
Favorite comfort food would have to be pizza or chips and salsa!
- Favorite toy when you were little?
- What is your favorite part of your job?
There is literally not enough space or words to describe how blessed I feel to have the job I do. To pick one favorite part is almost impossible. But to make it simple, my favorite part of my job is that there is no “normal”. I believe the world of Autism and Behavioral Disorders have shown me how often I forget the amount of beauty that can be found in the slightest things. Each day I work with my clients, they teach me something new about myself and the world around me. They show me that it is OKAY to show your emotions and to feel deeply for things you like and you dislike. To fully embrace being you and to not care what anyone thinks about it. Often times many will see this side of Autism as a downfall. I however, love to look at the beauty within the intensity and to really focus on what is happening at that exact moment. This job has taught me the importance of being completely present in life and with the person you are with. Just in my short year of working here, God has opened my eyes and my heart to the most amazing work team and clients I could possibly imagine working with. Each struggle that my client and I get to encounter today makes us that much stronger for tomorrow. The amount of love I experience everyday is indescribable and keeps me hungry for more. When you are able to look at the chaos and find growth and beauty in each situation, that is where you will find happiness and progress. My clients show me that day in and day out. So to them, I am forever grateful and THEY are my favorite part of my job.