Lori moved to North Carolina from Vero Beach, Florida in 1997 to attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she majored in Communications with a concentration in Speech and Hearing.
She has worked in the county school system as a teacher’s assistant in a classroom for students with Autism, and in the community setting as a developmental therapist and community inclusion specialist for both children and adults with special needs.
Lori has experience and training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and TEACCH methods of learning, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and basic sign language. She is trained in Non-Crisis Intervention (NCI) and has experience with children with medical issues, such as feeding tubes and seizure disorders.
Lori’s understanding and compassion for individuals with special needs stretches beyond the professional setting into her own personal life. Her oldest son suffers from a rare metabolic disease as well as Autism. He is non-verbal, medically challenging and at times displays negative behaviors that can be difficult to manage. This has provided her with a unique perspective, since she has an understanding of children with special needs as both a parent and a professional.
In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband of twelve years and her three boys, playing tennis, singing karaoke, and reading.