Leah Mahoney, A.A.
Leah Mahoney is a Senior Behavior Technician at Gold Coast Children’s Center, LLC. Leah holds an Associate’s Degree in Social Science from Westchester Community College, and Child Behavior Certification from the Ontario Early Years Centre. Leah has been serving children with autism, developmental disorders, and other special needs in a variety of settings including public schools, private preschools, daycare centers and in homes since 2003. In addition, Leah worked as an Early Intervention Associate for the CT Birth to Three program. In this role, her responsibilities included planning and implementing curriculum, providing parent coaching/training, conducting assessments, participating in development and implementation of Individual Family Service Plans, and monitoring outcomes as part of transdisciplinary teams. She also supervised early intervention assistants, maintained record keeping and reporting to families and appropriate agencies, including mandated service coordination responsibilities.
Gold Coast Children’s Center is proud to participate in the Darien High School Senior Internship Program, which strives to enable students to apply their social, civic, and academic knowledge and skills while exploring an area of interest outside the boundaries of their formal educational program. The internship program provides seniors with workplace experience and opportunities for career exploration.
This year, Gold Coast Children’s Center is thrilled to welcome 3 senior interns:
Emma Gilbert decided to intern at Gold Coast Children’s Center to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis. Emma loves working with children and is interested in finding a career that would help her do so! This fall, she will be attending Texas Christian University to study Nutrition, but is also interested in psychology and education.
Sarah McLaughlin chose to intern at Gold Coast Children’s Center because of her interest in learning more about ABA and her love of working with children. This fall, she will be attending College of the Holy Cross where she hopes to major in biology and minor in psychology.
Sarah Hoyt choose to intern at Gold Coast Children’s center because of her interest in psychology and desire to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as her love of working with children. In the fall she will be attending Elon University with interests in Psychology and Sociology.
Hailey King went on to study psychology and play softball at Sacred Heart University. She elected to intern at Gold Coast Children’s Center to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis.
Stefani Gentile went to the University of Connecticut to pursue a major in business. She chose to intern at Gold Coast Children’s Center because of her interest in Applied Behavior Analysis and love for working with children.
Darien senior interns Hailey and Stefani practicing community inclusion skills with a Gold Coast Children’s Center learner.
Meaghan Waldron went on to attend Bates College to play field hockey and study psychology and sociology. She chose to intern at Gold Coast Children’s Center to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis.
Emma Lesko went to Dartmouth College, to play lacrosse and study psychology and Spanish. She became interested in learning more about Applied Behavior Analysis after her friend, Jane Bredahl, interned at Gold Coast Children’s Center last year.
Darien senior interns Emma and Meaghan playing “Go Fish” with one of the learners at Gold Coast Children’s Center
Morgan Tienken went to Colgate University to major in chemistry. She chose to do her internship at Gold Coast Children’s Center because she enjoys working with children and has an interest in behavioral psychology. She appreciated the opportunity to learn about Applied Behavior Analysis through the senior internship program.
Jane Bredahl went on to study at the University of Michigan to pursue a degree in biology. She chose to do her senior internship at Gold Coast Children’s Center because she loves children and has an interest in behavior, psychology, and learning. She loved the experience and hopes to do something similar again in the future.