Taylor Miller has literally grown up with Rainbows. The son of Kim Becker, Rainbows Autism Consultant, Taylor spent much of his childhood onsite at Rainbows. Now a Behavior Technician working with children with autism at Rainbows, Taylor has come “back home”.
From a young age, Taylor had a passion for fitness and working with children with special needs. One of his earliest memories is helping a girl with special needs throw a ball to a target. “The excitement on her face at her success, and the fact that I helped her accomplish that goal, is something that influenced many of my future decisions,” said Taylor.
Taylor’s passion for his work is immediately apparent when he talks about the children he helps. “It’s the little wins,” he said. “Seeing a kid obtain a new skill, something as simple as saying Hi or asking for water, are the little wins. They make a huge difference in the kid’s life.”
While Taylor works with children in a Rainbows’ center or at the child’s home, he also works with children on life skills in the community. “From car skills like buckling up, to behavior in a grocery store or restaurant, to going to a movie, I help children feel comfortable in everyday situations,” he explained.
Taylor is a certified personal trainer and a wrestling coach for Andover High School. He is also the founder of Shepherd’s Way, a non-profit organization that gives young adults 18 years of age and older with special needs a place to live while teaching them independent living skills. “There is a long waiting list for home and community services for adults,” said Taylor. “I started Shepherd’s Way in 2016, and we now have two houses providing a home and services for young adults.”
Taylor graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Exercise Science. He is pursuing his Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.