My name is Joline Messina and I am one of the owners and operators of Blooming Abilities, LLC. I became a BCBA in 2008 after getting my undergrad at Florida State University and masters at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. At SUIC I worked with families with open cases with the state through their department of children and families. I taught parenting routines with the goal of preservation or reunification of these family systems. After graduate school I did some consulting as a BCBA, but then had the opportunity to work at the Special School District of St. Louis. There I was able to work as a member of multidisciplinary school teams to help improve behavior and learning for students with IEPs. My family later relocated to Washington state where I worked as a consultant on the west side of the state until we moved to the east side where I was able to set up Blooming Abilities.
Since then I’ve become a passionate advocate for social justice issues and work to dismantle these issues, especially ableism within the field of applied behavior analysis. I also advocate for better mental health services for all underserved populations.
My passions also include: working with parents to understand and learn how to navigate IEPs, parent skill development, and working with families to help their child(ren) with neurodivergent diagnoses navigate parenting challenges and give parents tools to grow and learn with their children. I love working in schools to help teams figure out the best strategies that will work for their students for the environment and to help them learn to think creatively when new problems arise. Working with school teams is incredibly rewarding and I am always learning something new from these collaborations. Finally, my other enjoyment is supervising behavior technicians to help them develop into well rounded professionals in whatever field they may choose.
My name is Nayeli Fredericks and I’m one of the owners and operators here at Blooming Abilities. Prior to becoming a BCBA, I worked with a variety of families and companies in the disability community. I was a therapist for an autistic child in Portland working under the Son-Rise program during college, eventually worked in an alternative school in Portland as a one-on-one skills trainer, and then as an IBI therapist working with families in the Coeur d’Alene, ID area. I became a BCBA in 2016 after I completed my degree in M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on ABA from Arizona State University. I worked for an ABA agency here in Spokane for about 5 years where I conducted client intakes, created behavior treatment plans, supervised behavior technicians, provided direct therapy to clients, and led family trainings. I had my son in 2018 and returned to work for a while before I decided to take a break and focus on parenthood. During this time, I learned more about the neurodiversity movement, struggles faced by the disability community, and how to become a better service provider and ally. I eventually met Joline in 2019 and joined her at Blooming Abilities as a fellow BCBA and have greatly enjoyed my work thus far.
As a BCBA, my biggest goal is helping families learn more about their neurodivergent child and how they can best support them into adulthood and beyond. I understand that the world is not created equally and strive to create that path with the families I work with to ensure that their children reach success in any shape or form with as much respect as possible. Besides implementing behavior analytical principles, I also integrate other methodologies such as mindfulness, trauma informed care, and collaborative problem solving to assist families in reaching their personal goals.
I enjoy all things plant related, pushing my limits with running, enjoying family time, and cuddling with the loudest cat ever, Gordon.