Lauren Payer has worked with students with autism and other developmental disabilities using Applied Behavior Analysis for 20 years. She has her degree in Teacher of the Handicapped and is also a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (#0-03-1052). She taught for many years in a self-contained public school classroom for children with autism where she designed and implemented individualized educational and behavior programs utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. She provided individual programming, focusing on socialization, behavior, and language development and oversaw the transition of students into mainstream settings. In addition she has worked with families providing in home consultation, training and programming. She has also directed an integrated social skills summer program.
Currently and for the last 10 years, Mrs. Payer works in public schools as a behavior analyst. Her responsibilities have included developing ABA programs for students with autism preschool through high school using B.F. Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior. She trains staff in using the ABLLS and VB-MAPP, conducting functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans. Mrs. Payer educates general education teachers on effective strategies for children with autism in mainstreaming and inclusion settings and in the area of social skill instruction. She also conducts workshops to all professionals in the field on various topics related to ABA. Mrs. Payer has worked in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and abroad in Ireland.