Karen Larson, Director of Autism Division
Karen started working with Easterseals South Carolina since 2007. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of Early Intervention. While working with Easterseals South Carolina she held multiple positions including Director of Early Intervention.
Karen actively assisted the founding agency, Easterseals South Carolina, in developing Autism Services of South Carolina. Early Intervention and Autism Services go hand-in-hand with each other on improving long-term client and family outcomes.
Karen completed her undergraduate degree at West Virginia University and her graduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has always been a firm believer in the concept of early intervention because research proves that the earlier supports are in place the better the outcomes are for both caregivers and their children. Karen’s graduate research and thesis were conducted on parental needs in the NICU. This research study was a turning point in her experience in the field of Early Intervention. Since that experience, her focus is now even more specific on striving to support and empower families by using the approach of family-driven services. This concept will continue to be her driving force within the Autism Services of South Carolina.
Karen is married and a mother of two teenagers. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, attending sporting events, and boating.
Nicholas Siemers, Assistant Director
Nick Siemers is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Nick attended Clemson University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Nick completed his coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Nick worked with special education classrooms in Charleston area school districts for the last four years. Prior to that, Nick spent five years being a summer camp and after-school camp counselor. Nick is excited to be part of the Easterseals South Carolina team.
Kristin Robson, Clinical Director
Kristin Robson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has over 17 years of experience developing and implementing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs for children with Autism in the home and school settings. Kristin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 with a B.S. in Psychology. Kristin began her career as a therapist at a former replication site for the UCLA model of ABA (O. Ivar Lovaas) and fell in love with working with children with Autism. Kristin joined the PA Autism Initiative in 2004 and began implementing ABA practices that utilize B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior in public and private school programs throughout western PA. During this time, Kristin attended Chatham University in Pittsburgh for her graduate work and completed her Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence through the Florida Institute of Technology.
Kristin earned her M.S. Ed and became a BCBA in 2008. She continued to work for the Autism Initiative in PA before moving to Charleston, SC in the spring of 2010. Kristin has continued to design and implement ABA programs in the Charleston area, working in home-based programs and for a Charleston-area school district before joining Autism Services of South Carolina. Kristin is excited about the opportunity to build a new, quality program for children and families living with Autism. Kristin is passionate about the quality of staff and parent training, believing that you can truly change a child’s behavior when you change an adult’s behavior.