Hi Gina! Can you tell us about what drove you to the BCBA profession?
I became interested in pursuing my BCBA after working in ABA based residential programs. It was so rewarding to see my students acquire skills using the various tools of ABA. I also find making decisions based on data allows programming to be most efficient.
What is the favorite part in your work as a BCBA?
I love seeing families become more confident in meeting the needs of their children because of the work we do with them.
What do you find the most challenging in your work as a BCBA?
I find that people who are not BCBAs, do not understand the complexity of the work we do. FBA’s cannot be rushed, multiple observation are warranted, and BIPs and treatment protocols need time to work before they are revised.
How do you balance your career and family?
My children love that I love helping families and working with children, so they support my work, which makes me feel less guilty.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
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.
What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self?
Take things one day at a time and hope that each day is more productive than the one before.
What is your proudest moment at Golden Care?
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.
Thank you, Gina! We are so grateful to have you on our team!