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Twelve year old Grace can’t wait to see Diane Grzebyck, the school’s first Board Certified Behavior Analyst, responsible for implementing the school’s ABA curriculum. Diane works closely with students daily, including Grace, to shift away from certain behaviors using positive reinforcement. For Grace, her time with Diana is her incentive. “You’re the best, Ms. Diane!” exclaimed Grace with a smile. Diane’s office has inspired Grace to become a secretary one day. During their afternoon sessions, Diane and Grace make funny faces, talk about what they’ve had for dinner the night before or even dance. Through their time together, Grace is more comfortable reading facial expressions, engaging in conversation, expressing her needs, meeting new people and focusing her attention in class. Grace continues to branch out and grow, including speaking about how much she loves her school at the 2016 Harbor Fitness Race for Autism.
Learn more about HeartShare and its Family of Services in our 2016 Annual Report.