Tina Fatino is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Autism Support Now (ASN). ASN provides Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy to children between the ages of 18 months and 14 years. ASN has several clinics in Missouri and one in Kansas with near-term plans to open more in Missouri. 1 in 36 children, nationwide, are on the Autism Spectrum. In Missouri, 1 in XX children are diagnosed with Autism.
As Chief Operating Officer Tina is responsible of overseeing day-to-day operations of all ASN clinics and to ensure all clinics have the necessary staffing and support to deliver best in class therapy to the ASN kids. She is responsible for equipping and supplying ASN clinics and to provide the learning tools to her ASN teammates to aid them in providing therapy. She also heads ASN’s expansion plans seeking to provide services to the underserved in Kansas and Missouri. Nearly 70% of ASN’s clients are Medicaid eligible, though may private insurers cover Autism therapy.
Prior to becoming COO, Tina was Family and Community Outreach Coordinator, which was a new role in which Tina was responsible serving families and recruiting clients and ASN teammates. Her excellence and skills were recognized quickly, and she soon became responsible for client intake and many other roles. Her passion for ASN kids as well as ASN teammates was evident from the beginning, which made her an ideal candidate for COO. She is a proven leader.
Prior to joining ASN, Tina was an RBT, providing in-home therapy to children, while working with the families to extend therapy into their daily lives for the benefit of the child. She is a mother of two whose involvement in her kids’ schools and their activities led her to pursue a life of service to Autistic children and their families.
“As a parent myself, I am very passionate about the work I do at ASN. Serving families and their children on the Autism Spectrum has become my life’s pursuit. Each child and family that ASN helps are special to me and I know that they will receive therapy from some of the very best and most committed people…my teammates at ASN. All children are special, but Autistic children are special in that they process information differently and must work so much harder than a typically developing child. When you help them figure out their pathway to learning and communication, it is truly rewarding.”
Words to live by:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)