Leslie Binyon, ILP Butterfly Program, LMSW

Integrated Learning Practice Team Member, Butterfly Program
Integrated Learning Practice (ILP) Faculty

Leslie Binyon, LMSW, graduated in 2014 from University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work, with a Master's in Social Work, and is also a licensed social worker by the State of Texas.

She pursued a clinical track during her graduate studies and is experienced and interested in the treatment of mental and behavioral disorders in adults and children. She also has a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with and treating persons with developmental differences, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disability.

Her interest in these neurological differences stemmed from acceptance and completion of a year-long training fellowship, LoneStar LEND, Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, through the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas.

During her time in LEND, she observed at 40 medical, clinical, and community sites that provide service and treatment to persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities and disorders.

Though this was a highly valuable experience, it highlighted to her the need for a holistic environment that incorporated the values of social work, particularly person-in-environment and empowerment approaches, into teaching and treating children with ASD.

She found that place in The Monarch School, where she was afforded the opportunity to tour as part of her LEND experience. She identified its model and atmosphere as providing the appropriate environment and intervention to children and their families and sought to have her final year field placement with their Chrysalis or Butterfly programs.

She was accepted into the Butterfly program as an Integrated Learning Practice intern in 2013, where she provided therapeutic intervention and support in the classroom, both in exclusive ILP periods and in academic subjects, based on Monarch's four core goal model. After an internship in the Butterfly program, Leslie was hired as a Professional Educator in the Chrysalis program, working in the classroom with early-to-late adolescents, helping them to build independence in the four core goals and transition to the Butterfly program. She is excited to return to the Butterfly program to continue this work as an Integrated Learning Practice faculty.