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Interview with Gina Keating, BCBA

GCT: Hi Gina! Can you tell me about what you like most in your work as a BCBA?

Gina: I love seeing families become more confident in meeting the needs of their children because of the work we do with them.

GCT: Yes, it’s amazing! What do you find the most challenging in your work as a BCBA?

Gina: I find that people who are not BCBAs, do not understand the complexity of the work we do. FBA’s cannot be rushed, multiple observations are warranted, and BIPs and treatment protocols need time to work before they are revised.

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

Gina: To not forget the big picture. Sometimes we spent do much time focusing on a specific skills or limitation. Less is more. One effective intervention is better than multiple inconsistent ones.

GCT: Can you tell me about your proudest moment at GCT?

Gina: One moment that I will treasure always while working for Golden Care, is getting a text from a parent who shared that they went out to dinner for the first time as a family, and it went well. That to me is why I do what I do.

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

Gina: Take things one day at a time and hope that each day is more productive than the one before.

GCT: Love that! You’re a mom, and a professional too…how do you balance your career and family?

Gina: My children love that I love helping families and working with children, so they support my work, which makes me feel less guilty.

GCT: Thanks for your time Gina! We feel so fortunate to have such an experienced and dedicated BCBA like you on your team!

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Interview with Stephanie Loibl, Behavior Tech

GCT: Hi Stephanie! Can you tell us about what drove you to the ABA profession?

Stephanie: Working in a school district has taught me a great deal over the years. Most importantly it helped me realize how rewarding ABA is and I wanted to make more of a difference. In a district we are faced with so many hurdles such as overworked and understaffed so even our best doesn’t seem to be enough. ABA seemed lime the best way to make a difference.

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

Stephanie: My day is a blur usually. With my ABA clients I usually work anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours in a session depending on the day and the client’s mood. Somedays we get through 3 programs and spend lots of time teaching the challenging programs and other days we can work through 10 programs. I can tell you one thing for sure; every day is different! But whatever the days is like, working with my clients brings challenging days as well as many smiles. Every time a client masters a task or progresses in the smallest way fills me with pride.

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

Stephanie: Working through the challenges. Some programs gained mastery in a few short days and others take a tremendous amount of time. Finding the patience to not give up when a program becomes difficult can be challenging. I have to remind myself to breath deep and push through it

GCT: How do you balance your career and family?

It has its challenges. I am a workaholic, so I spend a lot of time away from my family, but we make it work. Honestly, I try not to think about it because I am away from my kids so much.

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

Stephanie: I have gained so much knowledge from the awesome BCBA’s I have worked with. Pranali and Megan are two of the best BCBA’s I have worked with. I am fortunate enough to work with them and learn from them.

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

First and foremost, develop a relationship with all that you worked with. The client, the family, and your BCBA. You cannot be successful without the support of the BCBA and the family.

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

Stephanie: Be yourself. Be kind always. Take time for yourself. You get what you give, so always give your best.

Thanks, Stephanie! We are amazed always by your dedication to the GCT team. Thank you!

 

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Spotlight on Noele April, BCBA

GCT: What drove you to the BCBA profession? 

Noele: I love behavior!  More accurately, I love working on behavior change. As a School Psychologist intern (17 years ago) I was trained to complete FBAs. I applied that knowledge to help students (and staff) to have more positive experiences through behavior change.  I found the process of analyzing behavior and formulating intervention to be incredibly interesting…problem-solving for a great purpose!  After several years, the ABA course sequence for BCBA was brought to my attention by an intern I was supervising. I was hooked!

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

Noele: Working with Golden Care has expanded my professional development simply through the variety of needs and values expressed by my clients and their families.  I learn and grow by finding ways to address needs that fit each unique home and family, and by reading up on strategies and procedures that may be applicable to my client’s needs.

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

Noele: Next to seeing progress, getting to know my clients, their families, and the fantastic, hard-working, and skilled therapists!

GCT: What is your proudest moment in your work as a BCBA? 

Noele: It is difficult to choose just one. When a client learns how to communicate mands or demonstrates progress with reduction in unsafe behavior; those are big wins in my opinion, because of the degree of impact for the client and family. Also, a future BCBA recently shared a client success story with me, and thanked me for how much she learned while we worked together. That felt fantastic!

GCT: How do you balance your career and family?

Noele: Good question! Balance has always been a challenge for me.  My children are with their father two nights every week. Those are the nights I typically see my clients and do treatment planning.

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

Noele: I recognize that for as much as I have learned, there is always more to learn. I don’t have all the answers. Therefore, my best may not always be enough.

GCT: Thanks, Noele! We always get great feedback about you from the families you work with, and we are so grateful to have you!

 

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Spotlight on Alonda Braxton

Hi Alonda! Can you tell us about what the day to day of your job look like?

My motto is learning through play, I create an atmosphere that is fun, sensory friendly, yet challenging to create a positive change in behavior. Each day is different, being able to adapt and have fun is imperative to growth and learning.

That is quite the balance! So, what do you find the most challenging in your work as an ABA tech?

What I find most challenging as an ABA tech is watching my student become frustrated when faced with a challenging task.

What have you gained from working at Golden Care?

From working at Golden Care, I have grown as a person; because I have learned the true meaning of perseverance. Perseverance is the key to patience. Patience is a quality that is essential to succeed in everyday life. I have taken this quality and have applied it in every aspect of my life, which has made me a better employee, friend, sibling and daughter. I want to continue to grow as a person and with the encouragement of an outstanding role model at Golden Care, Jennifer Lopez (BCBA), I am now continuing my education to become a Behavioral Analyst.

That is incredible! Can you tell us about you proudest moment at Golden Care?

I have had many proud moments, all which come when the success of an obstacle is reached, but if I had to choose, it is when my nonverbal student finally began to use words.

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

With every challenge whether big or small, the reward is unforgettable. From watching your student learn to sit still in a chair to learning to speak his first words.

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

The best advice I have ever been given is to have a humble spirit and to always have empathy for others.

Thanks for your time, Alonda. Your dedication to your clients is incredible, and we love having you on our team!

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