Children First ABA Clinic, LLC is a clinic based company providing applied behavior analysis and social skills instruction services to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. We also provide training to parents that will empower them to continue treatment in their homes. Treatment is based on periodical assessments across multiple domains and decisions are data driven with the goal of increasing the quality of life, level of independence and safety of our clients and their families. Parents, caregivers and other family members are an integral part of the planning, decision making and treatment team. Treatment decisions are made in a way that is respectful to the family culture, priorities and concerns as they are developmentally appropriate.
Meet the Team
Meghan Hodgins, MS Ed., BCBA, LBA: Meghan is a cofounder of Children First ABA Clinic, LLC. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Master’s Degree in special education both from Old Dominion University. In addition, Meghan has 18 years’ experience teaching elementary school children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She was awarded the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award for 2010 and received the 2014 Academic Award for Special Education Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University. She is also the parent to two children who have been diagnosed with Autism. Meghan has been practicing as a BCBA since 2014. She will focus on providing supervision to behavior technicians and BCaBAs, assessments, report writing, providing treatment to clients, social skills instruction and parent training. Meghan also is an avid stamper, scrapbooker, and hiker in her free time.
Shelby: Shelby is our office manager. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration. Her job includes bookkeeping, contacting clients, providing tours for prospective clients, cleaning and etc. She also has a child on the spectrum and can relate to the parents on a personal level. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and most of all spending time with her family.
Jessica: Jessica graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She has been an RBT since 2014 and has previous experience working with clients in a clinic as well as in the home. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog, being outside in nature, traveling, and getting together with close friends and family.
Korey: Korey is a registered behavior therapist. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor's in Psychology. While there, she was introduced to the behavioral field and working with individual clients. She has worked specifically as an ABA therapist for 4 years and is interested in continuing her education in the future. Korey is involved in church activities in her spare time and lives in Norfolk with her husband, Doyal, and an Australian Kelpie, Kane.
Peggy: Peggy is a Special Education Teacher for students 18-22 years old with Norfolk Public Schools. She received a Bachelor's of Science from Norfolk State University and a Special Education License from Old Dominion University. She is an RBT and sees clients of all ages. She enjoys being outdoors for lots of different activities, as long as she has bug spray.
Ariel: Ariel graduated from ODU in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science Speech Language Pathology/Audiology and a minor in Special Education. She was a special education teacher for 3 years but really wanted to try ABA. She loves working with children and adults with autism. They teach her something new every day. In her leisure time she enjoys spending time with her husband, her 2 boys and her dogs. She also enjoys the outdoors and riding her bike.
Jenn: Jenn started as an RBT at Children First ABA Clinic part time in August 2016. She loved working with children in this way so much that she decided to pursue this line of work full time. She came on full time in January 2017. Jenn has also worked as a 1:1 assistant for a young man with autism in the public school setting and as a paraprofessional in classes for children with varying soecial needs. She assisted with setting up a successful program in the public school setting connecting children with social challenges with peer mentors. Jenn enjoys creating and spending time with her family when she is not helping her clients find new successes. She also loves donuts!!
Tara: Tara is a Registered Behavior Technician with experience in both in home and clinical therapy since 2014. She received her BS degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology. Aside from working in the human services industry, traveling and exploring are her passions.