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.