aydrien Cathcart M.S.Ed., BCBA
Executive Clinical Director & Founder
Aydrien Cathcart M.S.Ed., BCBA founded Strong Foundations in 2011. She received her Master of Science in Behavioral Education and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Simmons College (Boston, Massachusetts) in 2006. Aydrien has over 10 years of experience in the field of ABA and has worked in a wide range of settings, including residential facilities, outplacement day programming, public schools and in-home programming, including birth to three services.
During her time in the field, Aydrien has worked with a variety of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, Aspergers Syndrome, as well as other behavioral and emotional challenges. Most recently, she developed a continuum of ABA services for students with autism and related disabilities who attend public schools. In 2012, Aydrien was recognized by the superintendent of schools and her colleagues for her work developing and overseeing this program. This continuum of services provided behavioral, academic, social, daily living, and academic-social instruction for students ages 3 to 21. Aydrien was responsible for program development, staff training, and overseeing the day-to-day management of the program. Further, in 2013 she was a featured speaker at the Wired Differently National Conference (Atlanta, GA), and again in 2015 at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention (San Diego, CA), where she presented on the social skills continuum she co-developed.
Aydrien is driven by her desire to help all children make meaningful gains that will allow them to lead independent, happier, and more fulfilled lives. Outside of work, she also enjoys volunteering at her local church, where she works with children with a range of needs to improve their social interactions and access to biblical lessons. She also helps train other volunteers to more effectively work with students with special needs. Aydrien currently resides in Tolland, CT with her husband and their two wonderful daughters, as well as their three cats, dog, pet chickens and one very fancy rooster.