Providing in-home or community habilitation, respite, and attendant care.
L.I.F.E. provides habilitation (HAH), respite (RSP), and attendant care (ATC).
A Direct Support Professional (DSP) provides teaching methods to help a consumer be more independent. The service may be provided in-home or in the community.
A Direct Support Professional (DSP) supervises and cares for a consumer for short amounts of time to provide a break for regular caregivers.
A Direct Support Professional (DSP) assists a consumer with personal hygiene tasks (e.g., dressing, brushing teeth, toileting) and activities of daily living (e.g., eating, housekeeping chores). The goal is to assist a consumer in maintaining their health and healthy living conditions.
COMMUNITY SERVICES LEADERSHIP
SASHA HOUTSManager of Consumer Resources and Community Services
As the Manager of Consumer Resources and Community Services, I oversee the onboarding of all services at Lauren’s Institute for Education, and the oversite of community services such as respite, habilitation, and attendant care.
I have been a part of L.I.F.E. since 2016. I have had many roles at L.I.F.E. as a Behavior Technician and Program Manager within the Behavior Programming and Support Department, a Lead Teacher in the L.I.F.E. Academy, and administratively as the Consumer Resource Administrator. I began my love of working with individuals with developmental disabilities as a habilitation provider. Through this experience, I discovered the science of Applied Behavior Analysis and became engulfed in the principles pertaining to those with developmental disabilities and application to everyday life. I have always felt a passion for advocating for those in need and am grateful to be a part of this community.
Education and Special Certifications:
· M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis, Arizona State University, 2017
· B.A. in Human Development, emphasis on family systems, Washington State University, 2014
I am originally for Washington State; after receiving my bachelor’s, I moved to Arizona to pursue my master’s degree. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two children. As a family, we enjoy dance parties in our living room, playing outside, and going to Trader Joe’s.
As the Community Services Supervisor, I work directly with new community providers and the families they will be serving through the hiring and on-boarding process as well as providing ongoing supervision. I was previously with BPS for about a year and have prior experience working in the community with children and their families.
I first began my career history as a behavioral health technician (BHT) for a group home in my hometown of Casa Grande, AZ. After gaining some experience I transferred to be a Parent Aide and worked with families reuniting. This was when I realized my passion for children in the trauma field. After that I worked as a Behavioral Coach for children aged 4 through 17 who had both developmental disabilities and behavioral concerns. I was able to travel all across Maricopa county and work with children of all diversities. During the pandemic I was able to start my position at L.I.F.E as a Behavioral Technician and worked with our academy and BPS consumers as well as grow to love the atmosphere and philosophy behind L.I.F.E.
• B.S. in Psychology from Columbia Southern University
• Working on Masters in Trauma Counseling from Ottawa University
Personal Management Philosophy:
I believe that we are more capable than what we give ourselves credit for and that the world is full of possibilities to help us reach those goals! I hope to help children find their own goals in life and become passionate adults who want to do the same!
I spend my free time with my family and friends, as well as my beagle Snoopy and two cats (Tabris and Luna) who are my whole world!!
SARA KLEINMANConsumer Resource Administrator
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