Melanie H. Johnston, M.A. is the Executive Director of BRITE Success, LLC, which provides services to individuals with intellectual and development disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder, to families and professionals developing programs, and teaching individuals across the life span using interventions that provide communication skills, behavioral skills and readiness skills that are essential for independence. She completed her education with a BS fromTexas Christian University in Speech Pathology, and MA from University of Texas, Austin in Early Childhood Intervention and Special Education. She is a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist, TEA Certified Teacher and IBCCES Certified Autism Specialist.
In 1983 she co-founded The Bynum School (originally known as Developmental Disabilities Center) in Midland, Texas. In the 1980’s Melanie was given the opportunity to work directly under Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas providing what is now known as ABA Therapy. Melanie has over 30 years of experience not only as a Speech and Language Pathologist but also as an Autism/BehaviorSpecialist in public schools, private practice and collaborations with other agencies and service providers. As a private consultant with BRITE Success, LLC she works with public school systems throughout the country developing appropriate educational plans for individuals with special needs providing trainings to faculty, professionals and families.
Melanie has presented, published numerous papers, co-authored RRP-TIRapid Response Program to Intervention (Wills-Brandon, Brandon, Johnston 2007), and has been adjunct faculty at the University of Texas, Austin.
Melanie has been at the forefront of implementing i-technology for education in the areas of communication, assistive-technology, language, transitional and learning needs. Melanie has been a sought-after speaker speaking nationally at conferences and other trainings across the country and was selected as the recipient of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) 2013 Education Award. Currently, she sits on the Special Needsware Advisory Board and continues to advocate for all individuals with disabilities.
“If a child cannot learn in the way we teach… we must teach in a way the child can learn.” O. Ivar Lovaas