Rebecca R. Timmins, M.S. – Founder, Director & Child Care Teacher
Rebecca Timmins is the founder and director of Celebrate Neurodiversity! Autism Respite and Resource Center. She holds a Master of Science in cognitive and affective psychology from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. After working a year as an ABA line technician, Rebecca felt inspired to open a child care center specifically for kids on the autism spectrum. Rebecca’s graduate thesis used EEG to examine the relationship between autistic traits in a neurotypical population and mirror neuron integrity.
“As an undergrad, I was fortunate enough to take a capstone course called “The Neuropsychology of Autism”, and it inspired me to become a behavioral line technician with kids on the spectrum. It also helped me realize that I myself am above average in autistic traits, and therefore I really relate to children on the spectrum. I understand what it’s like to have food preferences from texture, sensory overload, social anxieties and discomfort from sounds being too loud. Having my cognitive and neuroscience background along with behavioral experience, I am excited to be able to incorporate cognitive natural stress reduction activities such as mindfulness training, yoga, biofeedback, music and the arts as a complimentary approach to child care for kids on the spectrum. This approach is aimed to put tools in the children’s hands for a lifetime that can be used to help shield against the psychological and physiological harm of stress and anxiety.”
“My goal in creating this center is to provide a revolutionary, holistic approach to child care for kids with autism and to encourage each individual’s strengths while minimizing weaknesses. I wanted to create a place where children on the spectrum are safe to be themselves, and treated with the dignity and respect I would want to be treated with. Here at Celebrate Neurodiversity! we understand that autism itself is a neurological difference, not a behavioral problem.” – Rebecca
Nicole Nikodem – Lead Child Care Teacher
“I am currently a student at UWGB. I am going for social work. In my free time, I like to be outside. I love kayaking, fishing, swimming, and just watching nature. I like to be close to my family and always enjoy a good cookout and yard games. I have a dog named Lily and I enjoy her time with her. I love working at Celebrate Neurodiversity! and playing with all the kiddos. It really makes me smile when I see all the kids in the morning.” – Nicole
Kailah Wolfrath – Lead Child Care Teacher
Kailah Wolfrath is a special education major at UW Oshkosh. She works as both a center based and in-home caregiver and is highly qualified due to her schooling experience. Thanks for all you do Kailah!
Jaymee Snyder – Assistant Child Care Teacher
Jaymee Snyder works as both an in-home and center-based caretaker at Celebrate Neurodiversity! Jaymee has her own cleaning business and is extremely warm, bubbly and patient. She has been on the team since summer 2021.
Amora Dolan – Assistant Child Care Teacher
Amora works as both an in-home and center-based caregiver. She has worked as a paraprofessional with the school district, an ABA line technician and with daily living skills. She has been with the company since summer 2021 and has extensive knowledge in relation to behaviorism, daily living skills and problem solving for difficult behaviors. We are lucky to have her!
Erin Plamann – Assistant Child Care Teacher
Erin was hired for CN! in early summer 2022 and has been an excellent addition to the team. She is a center-based employee only. Erin owns her own beauty business, and is an excellent baker along to mom to two boys! She has desired to work with children since high school and did child care in her home for a while where she gained experience working with a child on the autism spectrum.
Ashley Gloudemans – Assistant Child Care Teacher
Ashley has been with CN! for over a year now! “My senior year of high school (2018) I spent half days being a teacher assistant for an autism teacher. After that I moved into ABA for Fox Valley right after I graduated until 2021. When all of my kiddos graduated therapy I decided since I made such a strong connection with my kids I wanted to continue with the same clientele and moved to respite. I was in school occupational therapy but am taking a break to save up. I’m on my second year of homeschooling a client. I work mostly with autism but also have experience in CP, epilepsy, ifap pane ODD. I enjoy taking my kids out in the community for new experiences and my favorite thing to do is daily living skills!” – Ashley