Lauren Eaton’s life philosophy is “to ride the waves” meaning accepting and knowing in advance that there will be highs and lows throughout a day, week, month, year and lifetime.
“When you can anticipate this, it makes it easier to chose a dedicated response to stress rather than an emotional reaction,” she said. “This is key to all success: mindful responses rather than emotional reactions.”
For more than 10 years, Eaton has worked in the behavioral health field beginning as a research assistant at Fordham and Tulane universities and Kennedy Krieger Institute, respectively. She has also served as a behavior analyst and clinical director at the May Institute and an assistant behavior services manager with Sheppard Pratt Health System.
Since 2016, she has been employed as program director for Itineris in Baltimore, working in collaboration with the clinical and executive directors to provide opportunities for more than 80 adults on the autism spectrum. Clients work, participate in their communities and/or receive vocational services.
“Itineris is a community where adults with autism can make friends and meaningful connections,” Eaton said. “They are emerged in a culture with coaches and peers who value neurodiversity and the unique gifts we all bring to the table.”
A graduate of Tulane University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Eaton is an adjunct professor at Simmons College in Boston teaching individual and group supervision courses for graduate students enrolled in the applied behavior analysis master’s program.