Adventures in Autism
Adventures in Autism

Adventures in Autism


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Veronica McNeal has over 18 years experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Veronica McNeal - Lead Instructor

Veronica has over 18 years experience working in the field of applied behavior analysis.  She currently works with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other diagnoses.  Veronica has worked as an outings instructor at camps in Alabama, North Carolina and Vermont.  She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Education. Her primary outdoor interests are backpacking, camping and hiking.

Kate McNeal - Instructor

Kate studied anthropology at the University of South Carolina.  As a competitive swimmer she was nationally ranked and has worked professionally as a lifeguard.  Kate has experience working with at-risk youth and youth with special needs.  Her primary outdoor interests are backpacking and water sports.

Kaitlin Reid - Instructor

Kaitlin has more than 10 years experience working with children and young adults with special needs.  She is CPR and First Aid certified.  Kaitlin earned her BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and also has her Masters degree in Education.  Her primary outdoor interests are hiking, kayaking, rockwall climbing, disc golf and swimming. 

Michael Reid - Instructor

Michael earned his BS in Biology from Newberry College in 2012.  He has worked providing direct services to children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder.  Due to his love of the outdoors Michael pursued a professional career in the field.  He has worked in positions that encourage wilderness survival, knowledge about native species of plants and animals, and outdoor educational programs.  Michael is CPR and first aid certified.  His primary outdoor interests are camping, kayaking, climbing and hiking.

Wesley - Junior Instructor

Wesley serves as a integral team member in our group.  He has extensive knowledge of the outdoors having participated in Boy Scouts of America for over 10 years, and was recently named Assistant Troop leader. His primary outdoor interests are camping, hiking, and swimming.

Emmitt - Head Hound

Emmitt has worked as head hound for over 8 years.  He has extensive experience catching and returning tennis balls and refusing to come when called.  His primary outdoor interests are sniffing and demonstrating his superiority over the squirrels that trespass in his neighborhood.

Sarah Trowbridge - Instructor

Sarah has over 8 years experience working with children and young adults with special needs.  She earned her BA in psychology from USC and her Masters degree in Education.  Sarah is a lover of music and animals.  Her primary outdoor interests are running, biking, hiking, camping and spelunking.

Melanie Blackwell - Instructor

Melanie currently provides direct support services to children on the autism spectrum.  She earned her BA in psychology from USC.  Melanie brings great perspective in teaching methods for our participants as she has the experience of homeschooling her own children.  Melanie is an avid camper and a lover of the outdoors.


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