About Lauren Harrington

Lauren Harrington Abel - InSNC Lauren has always known she wanted to work with children. When she was fourteen years old, she was introduced by a young fellow to a local organization for young adults interested in working with children with autism. The program required several months of training, and upon completion Lauren began working for a family with twins who had autism. This relationship began in 1998 while Lauren was in high school, until 2005, during which time Lauren graduated from high school and went on to study at the University of Houston.

Lauren graduated from the University of Houston in 2005, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology, and an Undergraduate Honors Thesis entitled, "The Relationship Between Self-Stimulatory Behavior, Adaptive Behavior, and Intelligence in Children with Autism".

While in college, Lauren did research for a local organization specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. After gradution she began working with families and children in their homes. She officially opened her school in February 2006, when her client base became large enough to warrant opening a physical location.

Throughout high school and college, Lauren also worked for her father's company, EMT Work Systems, where she was a Project Manager helping companies, non-profits, and churches build a business model for success. The two "jobs" were worlds apart, but she saw how the same fundamentals that help make organizations successful also worked for individuals. Through the combination of her experiences in both realms, she has developed the Integrative-Developmental-Educational Approach, which has made her school unique and her students very successful.

Lauren is currently Acting Director at InSNC and principal of The Next Step Academy. She serves as President of the Board of A Future for Us All, Inc. She is dedicated to finding and implementing the most innovative and effective approaches to the issues facing the special needs community.