My name is Joline Messina and I am the owner and operator of Blooming Abilities, LLC. I become 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 due to abuse and/or neglect. I taught parenting routine skills with the goal of preservation or reunification of these families. 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.
My passions 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 to navigate parenting challenges and give them 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.