Robert Couch

RBT & Autistic Advocate

Robert Couch was diagnosed with a severe case of autism spectrum disorder at the age of 4 and was nonverbal until the age of five. Robert struggled specifically with a cognitive developmental delay, communication changes, and socialization skills. He received speech therapy for 10 years and occupational therapy for 15 years. Due to the lack of availability of ABA therapy at the time, the only ABA therapy available to Robert was information passed along to his parents at an Autism support group about Discrete Trial Training (DTT) by an ABA speaker. Robert spent a lifetime overcoming the challenges ASD placed upon him, going from daily therapy sessions in his early childhood to weekly therapy sessions in his mid-childhood and early adolescence.

In high school Robert went from a 2.7 GPA the first semester of his freshman year to a 3.5 GPA his final senior semester. During this time Robert Couch joined the Academy of Finance and Business his sophomore year, was Vice President of his school’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America, along with being a part of the program Junior Achievements. Since then, Robert has gone on to be inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at Eastern Florida State College, held multiple jobs while earning his undergraduate, earned his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Central Florida, and is currently transitioning into the world of ABA by working as a Registered Behavioral Technician and Autistic Advocate for Full Spectrum ABA. Robert has his sights set on enrolling at Ball State University in the coming fall semester to earn his master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a specialization in Autism.