XciteSteps Employee Profiles: Tyler B.

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Name: Tyler B.
Location: San Diego, CA

Staff Profile:
My name is Tyler and I am so grateful to be part of the Xcitesteps team. I am originally from Yuba City, CA; a smallish town north of Sacramento that is all wide open spaces, orchards, and fields. It was a nice, quiet place to grow up, but I always had much bigger aspirations than the small town life could provide. While in high school I was heavily involved in sports, student government, was captain of the debate team, held lead roles in multiple theatrical productions, and I graduated top of my class as Valedictorian in May of 2006.

Education: After living in Yuba nearly my entire life, I moved to San Diego upon enrollment at UCSD in 2006. There I studied Psychology and Theatre, graduating last year in 2011 with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Theatre minor. I was always fascinated by the ins and outs of social development and interaction; how one’s both spoken and subtle cues reflect their intentions and hidden desires. Studying both Psychology and Theatre gave me a unique mix of theory and practice in how we work and influence each other, plus made me much more receptive and empathetic towards others.
Experience: My background working as a counselor with children and teens, and ABA therapy specifically, is varied. My mother is a Speech and Language Pathologist in my home town, and I assisted her in working with the Deaf, hard of hearing, and special needs students from a young age. My half-brother also presents on the Autism Spectrum, and living and working with him over the years first sparked my interest in the field. While at UCSD I excelled in my Psychology studies, earning top marks in class while simultaneously working in a research lab for long term substance abuse studies. In ABA, I normally specialize in working with pre-teens and teens with Asperger’s Syndrome, as I find that a very compelling demographic to assist. I personally feel that the social difficulties those with ASD face are the most detrimental to integration with the world at large, mostly because the average person doesn’t know how to act when meeting those with ASD. By cultivating a spirit of honesty, understanding, and acceptance, while working hard to teach those with Asperger’s structured steps in recognizing emotion and subtlety in others, I believe great success in improving ASD outcomes is not only possible, but extremely likely. In fact, I hope to one day start my own social development company to give young men training in how to cultivate confidence, ambition, and passion in discovering their very best ideal selves. I am looking forward to continuing my journey with Xcitesteps and can’t wait to meet you!
Hobbies & Skills: In my free time I enjoy going out with friends to the beach, camping, and trying new adventures like skydiving! I have a passion for film, watching as well as making movies in my spare time, and an encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars, Star Trek, and comic books. I have been part of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership organization since I was a sophomore in high school, and still contribute my time as a group leader for high school sophomores at multiple seminars across California. Through this organization called HOBY, I learned what it meant to be an effective leader while gaining the confidence to be successful in later ventures. I have also found great satisfaction in volunteering my time over the years to Relay for Life, canned food drives, Toys for Tots, and City of Hope. It is through this search for service projects that Xcitesteps’ unique mission came to my attention.
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