Family Support Services Coordinator

Lynlea Southards

Lynlea joined Rainbows’ in 2018 as Family Support Services Coordinator. She oversees In-Home and Center-Based services including Camp Woodchuck, Rainbows’ summer program for school-aged youth.

A graduate of Emporia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, she began her career as a teacher and home day care provider. Her dedication to young children led her to additional training equipping her to work with children on the autism spectrum for several years.

“I have a cousin that was diagnosed with Down syndrome. I was close to her during our childhood,” said Lynlea. “She taught me so much. I was inspired by her determination and strength to overcome any challenges that she was faced with. She took on every challenge with a smile on her face. She is what inspired me and lead me to pursue a career working with individuals with disabilities. It is my passion and I truly love what I do.”

She has experience one-on-one helping children with autism through intensive therapy, parent support groups, a training facilitator as well as Camp Director. “Working with children who have autism and other developmental delays is a fulfilling career,” said Lynlea. “I enjoy the interaction with each child and helping them build skills necessary to have a more independent life.”

An avid sports fan, she loves watching and attending sports events. The Kansas City Chiefs are her favorite and she attends at least one game every year, usually on her birthday weekend.

Lynlea has 2 daughters in college.