Vivian Cain - Founder & CEO
Vivian Cain
Founder & CEO

After spending 18 years working with children of all abilities in her Montessori schools, Vivian decided to dedicate more attention to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She founded Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies (MMAT) with these children and their families in mind. The Montessori philosophy–  structuring a teacher’s approach to the student’s style– is uniquely well-suited to serve students diagnosed with autism and other learning disorders. 

Vivian brings insight and compassion to MMAT, in no small part due to her own early educational challenges. Diagnosed with dyslexia in the third grade, Vivian spent countless hours after school working on her phonetics. Through hard work and a strong will, she improved her reading and writing skills, eventually becoming an honor student. Despite her rough start, she went on to earn an engineering degree from North Carolina A&T State University.

After landing her first job at Cummins Inc. in Columbus, Indiana, Vivian worked as a mechanical and industrial engineer. She went on to work at Hillenbrand Industries Inc., but left in 1997 to pursue an MBA degree at Indiana University in Bloomington. At IU, she earned a triple major in International Business, Finance, and New Venture and Business Development, and spent a year in China consulting as part of her internship.

During her graduate studies, she finally received quality intervention at the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana. Inspired by the experience, for her graduate thesis she wrote a business and marketing plan for Maria Montessori International Academy. She opened her first school in 2001 and began working with children of all abilities.   

Growing up with a learning disability, combined with her passion for education, eventually inspired Vivian to found Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies (MMAT). 

Autumn Gibson - Clinical Director
Autumn Gibson
Clinical Director

While working at a summer camp during college, Autumn was given the opportunity to work with adults with disabilities. Inspired by this experience, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Concordia University Wisconsin, with the goal of working with those with developmental disabilities. 

After graduation, she returned to her Indiana roots, where she served the population doing community habilitation and case service management. After several years working with adults, Autumn decided to set her focus on working with children. With the field of Applied Behavior Analysis rapidly gaining momentum, both by awareness and need, Autumn began work as an ABA therapist. 

After seeing first hand the difference and impact that ABA intervention can make, she decided to pursue her masters in the field, ultimately becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Autumn has worked as a BCBA serving children in center, home, community, and school environments. A priority in her work has always been to collaborate with families and other members of each child’s team to help determine individual goals and work to achieve them.  

She joins the Mindful and Modern team eager to continue to serve children and their families as the ABA and Montessori methods work together to bring out the best in every child.

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