Interview with Jennifer Gruber, Behavior Analyst

We sat down with this month’s Gold Star winner Jennifer Gruber to discover what drives her as a Behavior Analyst, what she likes about working for Golden Care Therapy. and what her day-to-day looks like

 

 

 

Tell us a bit about your job as a BCBA.

I love my job! It is the best feeling in the world when a child learns a skill that helps them become more independent. I love being able to break down activities for learners to be as successful as possible. 

How has Golden Care helped you in your career development?

Golden Care works with the nicest and most supportive families. The culture is success oriented for the learner and every employee is supported to continue learning and becoming better as professionals. 

What drew you to Golden Care originally?

With Golden Care, I know that I am valued as an employee. The office and clinical team are always accessible and, as a result, any questions or concerns are resolved quickly. I prefer to deal with a smaller office with a more personal feeling. This has not changed in my time with the company. 

What is the favorite part of your work as a BCBA/working for Golden Care?

It keeps me young! Playing while learning is not only effective for children, but it keeps your own minds active while having fun. Play is serious business. 

What does the day to day of your job look like?

I am a full time special education teacher, so my BCBA job starts in the afternoons. I am so lucky to see most of my clients and their amazing therapists after school and still be home in time to have a quiet relaxing evening. My time with Golden Care is spent modeling programs, training therapists, teaching new skills to parents, and working with some amazing kids. 

 

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Interview with Jayah Washington, ABA Therapist

We sat down with this month’s Gold Star winner Jayah Washington to discover what drives her as an ABA therapist, what she likes about working for Golden Care Therapy. and how she manages her work-life balance

 

 

Tell us a bit about your job as an ABA Therapist

I have bachelors in Speech Pathology & Audiology and love working with children.

How do you balance your career and family?

I always make time for my family rather it’s game night at the house or going to our favorite restaurants.

How has Golden Care helped you in your career development?

Golden Care has given me the opportunity to work with amazing clients and grow so much in the field of behavior therapy.

What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates?

My advice to prospective Golden Care candidates is to always have lots of sensory toys and games on hand .

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

The best advice I have been given is what it’s meant to be will be. I tell my younger self to worry and to not stress over the small stuff.

What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as an ABA Therapist?

I love working for Golden Care as an aba therapist and my proudest moment is hearing my client talk for the first time. As a nonverbal client, this meant a lot to me. 

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Interview with Christina D’Arpa, Behavior Technician

We sat down with this month’s Gold Star winner Christina D’Arpa to discover what drives her as an ABA therapist, what she likes about working for Golden Care Therapy. and how she manages her work-life balance

Tell us a bit about your job as an ABA therapist.

I work with some of the most interesting, adorable, smart, and great group of children. Teaching skills that children may use the rest of their lives. We work on various goals once mastered our children can move onto completing more challenging goals.

What drove you to the ABA profession?

I started out as a paraprofessional for the New York Department of Education doing ABA K-5 for children with autism. I continued my love for ABA with adults with Intellectual Disabilities. I have always had a love for my job

How do you balance your career and family?

My family has always been supportive of my career choice. Although it takes a lot of my time up my family just wants me to be happy.

How has Golden Care helped you in your career development?

Working for a Golden Care I have learned a lot from the BCBA ‘s as well as the children I work with. Since staying with Golden Care I have decided to continue for my BCBA.

What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates?

Build a great trust and develop great relationships with the children, their families, and the BCBA’s. Always be a team player! Bring new ideas, but be open to learning new ideas.

What do you find the most challenging in your work as an ABA therapist?

The most challenging in my work as an ABA therapist is with each stage of developmental progress with our clients brings new challenges to be met.

What drew you to Golden Care originally?

I was looking for a Behavior Technician job in NJ and Golden Care was hiring. I researched a few places and Golden Care caught my eye. Everyone is great and very helpful.

What have you gained from working at Golden Care?

I have gained a lot of experience by working at Golden Care. The BCBA’s have taught me a lot of skills and techniques to use during sessions that have made my overall session successful.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

The best advice I was ever given is to “be grateful and humble in whatever role you play.“ Life is always about what we can contribute to making the world a better place, but we should still be grateful and humble in both our personal and professional life.

What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self?

I would tell my younger self “ Don’t be afraid to speak your mind.” Stand up for what you believe in don’t be afraid to say how you feel and what’s on your mind.

What is the favorite part of your work as an ABA therapist/ of working for Golden Care?

My favorite part in my work as an ABA therapist would have to be the successes of the children I am working with. In addition to also see the overall growth and accomplishments is amazing.

What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as an ABA therapist?

Is receiving a text from a parent of their child going out to dinner and it being a success. When I receive texts of accomplishments it makes everything worthwhile.

What is one thing that you wished people knew about your job?

A career in ABA therapy is a career spent changing lives.

What does the day to day of your job look like?

Preparing for a session each day brings new rewards and challenges. I work in the home, in the school, and now due to Coronavirus Pandemic via telehealth. We work on goals with behaviors, social interactions, and academics. My day is different every day depending on our clients. My day is filled with playing, hard work, laughing, being silly, playing games, being serious, and touching the lives of the children I work with, and their families.

If you’re interested in our services, you can find out more information about our in-home ABA therapy in New Jersey here. Or for job openings, you can view our ABA therapy jobs NJ here.

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Interview with Donna Highley, Behavior Technician

What drove you to the ABA profession?

While working in the public-school setting and utilizing ABA therapy techniques with children with special needs, I realized how positive reinforcement and education combined, can bring confidence and a true desire to learn.

How do you balance your career and family?

I am fortunate to have an understanding and supportive family. While encouraging me to maintain my commitments to my job, they also help out with the daily commitments of the household. Teamwork!

How has Golden Care helped you in your career development?

Working for Golden Care has given me the opportunity to use my skills with my students and their families. In a school environment, I wasn’t able to truly experience the rewards of watching a family embrace the joy of their child’s success.

What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates?

Prospective Golden Care candidates should always be open to new ideas. Good listening skills is a must while keeping your mind open to learn all you can! Lastly, do your best to keep all your commitments.

What do you find the most challenging in your work as an ABA?

The most challenging aspect of my job is turning off the switch at the end of the evening. Sometimes giving your mind a rest is the best thing but the hardest to do.

What have you gained from working at Golden Care?

I have gained creativity as I research different and unique ways to achieve goals.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

The best advice I was ever given was not to judge someone’s reaction to things or their attitude, for we do not know the battle they are fighting.

What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self?

Never stop learning.

What is the favorite part in your work as an ABA/ of working for Golden Care?

My favorite part of my work is all of my work. I have such a rewarding job being on the Golden Care Team. I look forward to every aspect of each session.

What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as an ABA?

My proudest moment was hearing my nonverbal student speak!

What is one thing that you wished people knew about your job?

I truly wish people knew how the nature of the job makes me who I am. Working with such an amazing child and their family has brought more to me in every aspect of my life than I could ever give to them.

GCT: Thanks so much for your time Donna, and for sharing your insights on what makes you such a great ABA therapist. And thanks for being a valuable member of our team, delivering ABA therapy to children! We really appreciate all you do for our clients!

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Interview with Nicole D’Agostino, BCBA

GCT: Hi Nicole, please tell us a bit about your job as a BCBA.

ND: I’ve been a behaviorist in schools as well as in the home. When I make suggestions for children, whether it’s in the home or in school, not only do I utilize strategies that have been proven successful, but I also make sure they can be implemented within that setting and that they’re appropriate for the child. I enjoy doing assessments because you really learn a lot about each child and their family, but I also love watching children interact with their therapists and seeing relationships being built.

GCT: What drove you to the BCBA profession?

ND: I started as a paraprofessional for students with autism. It was so interesting and rewarding for me. I had my certificate in general education but immediately started looking into becoming a BCBA after working with amazing behaviorists at the school for students with autism.

GCT: How has Golden Care helped you in your career development?  

ND: I’ve learned so much about the assessment procedure since I started at Golden Care and more about insurance and billing. I’ve met so many helpful and supportive people.

GCT: What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates?  

ND: Don’t be afraid to ask questions, be open minded and flexible. Also, if you don’t have passion for this field and a desire to learn more, then it may not be the right field for you. I feel that in order to enjoy and succeed in this field, you must start out invested because you’re working with someone’s child and you need to be patient and committed.

GCT: What do you find the most challenging in your work as a BCBA?

ND: Ensuring continuity and consistency between sessions and within the home can be very challenging.

GCT: What drew you to Golden Care originally? And how has Golden Care changed since?

ND:  I found the posting and as soon as I met with the director, I was drawn in by how organized and supportive the staff were. There is always someone willing to answer questions and assist in solving problems.

GCT: What have you gained from working at Golden Care?

ND: I’ve gained more knowledge and confidence in this field and I’ve been able to work with amazing staff and families, and watch children grow and make progress.   

GCT: What is the favorite part in your work as a BCBA/of working for Golden Care?
ND: I love studying behavior. I love figuring out what a child needs or developing an intervention and seeing it make a difference. I love when a child masters a new skill or the pride on their parents’ faces. And I love making a connection with a parent and the look of happiness on their face when they feel understood.

GCT: What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/in your work as a BCBA?

ND: Receiving this award, it means so much to be recognized.

GCT: What is one thing that you wished people knew about your job?

ND: I wish people realized how much of an emotional investment it is. You don’t forget about the cases when you’re at home. And every child is different. No intervention or recommendations are identical because there are so many factors in each case that affect how a child learns and grows.

GCT: What does the day to day of your job look like?

ND: I’m a fulltime teacher in a behavioral disabilities class. So usually, I’m teaching all day and then I transport my children where they need to be while I attend a case and then come home and care for my family before I go to bed and do it all over again. But my career is very fulfilling and I know I am doing exactly what I am meant to do.

GCT: How do you balance your career and family? 

ND: This field is very flexible and I have a supportive husband and family that watch my children when I need them to.

GCT:  What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

ND: To have confidence in myself.

GCT: Thank you for your time Nicole and congratulations again on being January’s Golden Star Award winner. Please keep up all the great work that you do, we really appreciate everything you do for our clients.

If you would like more information on autism resources for families in New Jersey, visit our blog directory. Or if you would like to find out more about the ABA services we provide to children with autism, you can get in touch here.

 

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Interview with Leon Yin, BCBA

We sat down with this month’s Gold Star winner Leon Yin to discover what drives him as a BCBA, what he likes about working for Golden Care Therapy, and what’s the best advice he’s ever been given.

Tell us a bit about your job as a BCBA

I see my job as creating a collaborative environment between BCBA, tech, and parents so that the client can benefit from the involvement of all parties.

What drove you to the BCBA profession?

I began my career as a special ed/ABA teacher over a decade ago. I became a BCBA so I could have the education and credentials to better serve my students.  As a BCBA and teacher, I am able to observe my students everyday and get a better overall picture.

How has Golden Care helped you in your career development?

The flexible schedule allows me to work and at the same time finish graduate school.

What do you find the most challenging in your work as a BCBA?

Working with other professionals who use non-evidence based interventions.

What have you gained from working at Golden Care?

CGT provides a supportive working environment that allows me to be able to concentrate on providing the best service to my clients.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t talk so much when working with people with communication deficits.

What is the favorite part of your work as a BCBA/ of working for Golden Care?

My interactions with the clients.

What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as a BCBA?

Seeing kids learn new skills and having parents realize their kids’ potential.

If you’re interested in our services, you can find out more information about our in-home ABA therapy in New Jersey here. Or for job openings, you can view our BCBA therapy jobs NJ here.

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How to Help Your Child with Autism During the Coronavirus Lockdown

Due to COVID-19, schools and daycare centers in New Jersey and many other States have been closed. This is a stressful and challenging situation for all of us, especially for children with autism and their families.

We know that many of you must be asking yourselves how best to discuss this with your children and how to help them through this difficult period. That’s why we’ve put together this blog, which we hope will provide you with some practical advice and reassurance when it come to supporting your child with ASD during the Coronavirus lockdown. 

Talk to Your Child About the Coronavirus

You’ve no doubt already had plenty of conversations with your child about the coronavirus. However it’s really important that you continue to give them honest but reassuring information, while also debunking rumors or any inaccurate information they’ve heard from elsewhere. 

When having these conversations, make sure it’s your child that is leading them. Ask them questions like:

  • What has he/she heard about coronavirus?
  • How does he/she feel about it?
  • How do you feel about school closing?

Have some reassuring answers prepared. This will make sure you’re not caught off guard and say anything that may worry them further. It’s a good chance for you to quell their worries, set some expectations, and also connect with them. 

Look After Yourself

It’s perfectly normal for your child to be struggling to comprehend or come to terms with the current situation. However, you can help them by leading by example. 

If you have anxiety about the virus, try to work through it with exercise, mindful activities, or whatever else you may need. As you know, children with ASD are extremely perceptive and can pick up on doubt or panic in others. 

We completely understand that as a caregiver, it’s in your nature to put your child’s needs before your own. However, taking care of yourself shouldn’t be taken for granted at this time. It creates a brighter atmosphere for you and your child and the rest of your family. 

Make Washing Their Hands as Fun as Possible

Hand washing may be mandatory, but you can make it as fun as possible for your child. We’re all aware of the 20-second rule set out by the World Health Organization (WHO). To make this less of a chore for your child, get into the habit of singing a song when they wash their hands. 

Here’s a website where you can generate your own handwashing poster with lyrics from a 20-second segment of a song. You can use this if your child has a favorite song or artist or, if your child is a bit younger, here’s some nursery rhymes you can use.

Keep Up a Routine 

Get your child up at the same time as if they were going to school and then start setting a routine for the rest of the day. This can include things like study time, lunchtime, playtime, backyard time and screen time, which can all be spaced out at the same time each day.

You can even sit down with your child and write out a new routine together, one where school work is still a priority but there are still some fun activities, too.

Look Out For Signs of Anxiety

You know your child better than anyone. Therefore, you’ll be able to spot any anxiety, ill temperament, or frustration in them very quickly. Again, this to be expected during this time period. 

If you do get in this situation or are generally struggling, it may be worth joining some autism support groups or finding parents in similar situations on social media. Remember, many people are in the exact same situation you are and may be able to offer solutions or a general outlet. We’re all in this together!

Overall, Just Be There For Them

This is a difficult period for everyone. However, by looking after yourself, remaining calm and open, and offering all the love and support that all of us parents provide to our children, we’ll be sure to get through this period without any major difficulties.

Featured image photo by Sandie Clarke on Unsplash

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Interview with Michael Jaghab, Behavior Technician

We sat down with this month’s Gold Star winner Michael Jaghab to discover what drives him as a Behavior Technician, what he likes about working for Golden Care Therapy, and what’s the best advice he’s ever been given.

What drove you to the ABA profession? 

After I graduated high school, I needed a job. I began working for a family friend that had twin boys with autism. I thought it would only be for the summer. That summer turned into 15 years. Although they live in a residential, I still work with them from time to time. It was working with them that I learned about ABA therapy. I loved it so much that I began working in an ABA school after I graduated from Kean University in 2009. Currently, I work as a teacher at an ABA school in Monroe and I could not be happier. 

How has Golden Care helped you in your career development? 

Golden Care has helped me develop my communication skills with parents and co-workers. Working for Golden Care has also helped me think in ways to understand what is important, meaningful, and functional for each individual child. 

What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates? 

At times sessions can get difficult, and I think it is important to remain calm throughout. Also, always be ready to be flexible. 

4) What do you find the most challenging in your work as an ABA? 

I think knowing how and when to adapt your sessions to meet the needs of the client is the most challenging. What worked before may not work this time, and learning how to adapt on the fly can be difficult at times. However, for me, that is the fun part. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? 

Always follow through. Follow through with the directions you give. Also, follow through with what you say to the parents because it helps build trust. 

What is the favorite part of your work as an ABA/working for Golden Care? 

I love working with the families and getting to know them. I also love working with different BCBA’s. I have had the opportunity to work with some great ones! 

What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as an ABA? 

Working in ABA is not an easy job, and not everyone can do it. Coming to work every day, working with families, and helping their child achieve their goals are my proudest moments. Knowing that the families appreciate what you do makes me want to try harder for them. and that a skill you’ve worked on is working in the outside world is some of the best news you can get. 

What is one thing that you wished people knew about your job? 

That it’s one of the best in the world! Every day is different, it’s never boring, and it is one of the more rewarding jobs you can have. 

If you’re interested in our services, you can find out more information about our in-home ABA therapy in New Jersey here. Or for job openings, you can view our BCBA therapy jobs NJ here.

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Interview with Kendall Bacskoczky, Behavior Technician

GCT: Hi Kendall, can you please tell us a bit about your job as a Behavior Technician (BT)?

KB: I provide ABA therapy in homes and in different community settings in order to teach children different social, play, and functional life skills.

GCT: What drove you to the BT profession? 

KB: I have always enjoyed working with children. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a position early in college and have continued since then. 

GCT: How has Golden Care helped you in your career development?

KB: Golden Care was the first position I received where I was providing services in homes. With Golden Care I’ve been better able to determine the settings I enjoy working in the most. 

GCT: What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates?

KB: My advice to prospective candidates looking to work for Golden Care is to ensure you can make a commitment to the client when taking on a new case. Home services are shorter and later hours and sometimes it can be difficult to schedule sessions when things come up. When accepting cases make sure the commitment is something you can handle! 

GCT: What drew you to Golden Care originally and what has changed since?

KB:  I had first moved to New Jersey in 2017 and was looking to try ABA In another setting besides a school. Then, Golden Care’s billing system was paper! I have worked with many new staff in the time I’ve been a part of Golden Care. 

GCT: What have you gained from working at Golden Care?

KB:  So much fieldwork experience! Working with Golden Care while finishing my masters has given me the opportunity to apply my learned skills in real life situations. 

GCT: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

KB:  Be the person you needed when you were younger! 

GCT: What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self?

KB: Keep working hard because it will all be worth it! 

What is your favorite thing about working for Golden Care?

KB: Working directly with kids and running programs! 

GCT: What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as a BT?

KB: I am definitely most proud of the simple successes that clients make during sessions, such as pottying, playing or eating routines! 

GCT: What is one thing that you wished people knew about your job?

KB: It can be difficult to determine the best way a child can learn. You really need to get creative sometimes! 

GCT: What does the day to day of your job look like?

KB: Currently I work for Golden Care in the morning and evenings with two clients! My afternoons are spent providing ABA at a clinical space for children with autism! 

GCT: What do you find the most challenging in your work as a BT?

KB: Perusing my BCBA while working full time hours as a BT. Finding time to balance personal and free time with work and supervision can be very challenging.

GCT: Thanks so much for your time, Kendall, and thanks for being such a valuable member of our team! We really appreciate all you do for our clients!

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Behavior Tech & Registered Behavior Technician Jobs in NJ

Working with children with autism is an extremely rewarding career. While the work can be challenging at times, no two days are ever the same. And with children in New Jersey having the highest rate of autism in the country, there is more demand than ever for talented and passionate professionals.

Who are we

We’re Golden Care Therapy, an in-home ABA therapy provider servicing children with autism and their families across New Jersey. Our mission is to help children with autism to live happy, independent and fulfilling lives. We do this by equipping them with the mental, physical and emotional skills they need to help them thrive. 

It’s thanks to the dedication and professionalism of our fantastic therapists that we’re able to deliver this mission. Our BCBAs take the time to truly personalize all of our clients’ treatment plans, to ensure every child receives the best possible therapy for their needs. While our Behavior Techs and Registered Behavior Technicians have the freedom to deliver the therapy on the ground how they see best.     

About the job

As a Behavior Tech or Registered Behavior Technician, you’ll be working on the front line, delivering ABA therapy in-home to the children that we work with. You’ll be supervised by an experienced BCBA and will base your therapy sessions on the treatment plans that they develop. This will involve running therapy sessions, tracking data and ensuring the client’s goals are being met, as well as working closely with their parents every step of the way.

Here’s what what we require from our candidates

  • Minimum 6 months experience in the ABA field
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to work well, and relate to children in a compassionate and effective manner
  • Integrity and reliability

In return, you’ll receive the following from us:

  • Flexible, per diem hours- take on as much or as little as you want!
  • Great hourly compensation!
  • Excellent clinical/ supervisory team
  • Client base within your local area

Our locations

We provide in-home ABA therapy throughout New Jersey, so have openings available across the state. Some of our in-demand areas include:

  • Atlantic County
  • Bergen County
  • Burlington County
  • Camden County
  • Cape May County
  • Cumberland County
  • Essex County
  • Gloucester County
  • Hudson County
  • Hunterdon County
  • Mercer County
  • Middlesex County
  • Monmouth County
  • Morris County
  • Ocean County
  • Passaic County
  • Salem County
  • Somerset County
  • Sussex County
  • Union County
  • Warren County

How to apply

If you’re interested in joining the team here at Golden Care Therapy, then you can apply for a Behavior Technician role on our careers page here

What if you’re not a Registered Behavior Technician but want to become one?

The Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) is a paraprofessional qualification in behavioral analysis. It requires training, competency assessments and the successful completion of an exam. The below infographic, courtesy of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, shows the steps required in becoming a BRT.       

Registered Behavior Technician training infographic

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