Nikki Bryant, M.Ed, BCBA, Behavior Clinician at The Guild, was recognized as an Outstanding Provider at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Metro North Area Office Provider Recognition Celebration Event on June 26.

Nikki Bryant is an exceptional member of The Guild team who consistently goes above and beyond in her role. As a Behavior Clinician, Nikki believes in ensuring that each individual has the necessary tools and environmental modifications to gain independence and thrive.  

The Guild recently opened a new group home in Wilmington for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Nikki was essential in ensuring a smooth opening period and transition for residents. She also effectively collaborated with the Wilmington Police Department to ensure they understood residents’ needs. 

Nikki’s unwavering commitment to inclusivity is evident in all her actions. She has empowered many Guild adults to take a self-advocacy course with Mass Advocates Standing Strong, enabling them to express their needs and be active members of their communities. Her advocacy for The Guild’s healthy relationships and sexuality program for adults is a testament to her understanding of the often-overlooked needs of people with disabilities. 

Nikki has fought to fill program gaps for adults who are on waitlists for day programs due to sector-wide funding and staffing shortages. Recognizing that lack of access to day services can result in behavior regression, boredom, and loss of social skills, Nikki has led her team in setting up a music therapy program for Guild adults to engage in a meaningful social and educational activity each week. 

Nikki gets to know each individual’s needs and passions by working with them one-on-one and devoting much time and attention to them. She goes out of her way to do things with individuals that are beyond the scope of her role, such as accompanying them to medical appointments, taking them on day program visits, and accompanying them back home after any challenging situations in the community. 

Finally, Nikki leads many committees and groups at The Guild. This year alone, she led the Spring Dance Committee and Holiday Gift and Party Planning Committee. She’s also a member of the Positive Behavior Supports leadership team and teaches CPI courses. She is beloved by staff, students, adult residents, and families.