Interview with Gina Keating, BCBA
May 9, 2019

What drove you to the ABA profession?

I started working with individuals with disabilities back in high school and began working with people on the autism spectrum when I was in college, as a peer mentor.

When I graduated with my Master’s in special education, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and fell in love with educating those on the spectrum. I started reading up on ABA and using many behavioral strategies in my classroom. As much as I enjoy working in my classroom, I knew I wanted to be more involved! Therefore, I found Golden Care, and feel in love with private ABA therapy!

How has Golden Care helped you in your career development?

GCT provides me with experience and guidance to further enhance my practices. The direct consultations with my BCBA from golden care provide me with insights not only into my client, but into my practices in my classrooms. Further, working with my client and the staff at Golden Care makes my love for working with people on the autism spectrum grow continuously, and makes me want to continue pursuing a career related to ABA. 

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

I wish people knew that my job always has a positive aspect. Even on a day that is more difficult or not quite as productive as it was meant to be, there is ALWAYS a reason to smile and to be proud of my client. It is so rewarding to see her make progress. Her success is my success and it is really remarkable to get to be a part of her story. 

How do you balance your career and family?

It feels like a balancing act often, because my plate is super full, (I am getting married in June, have a gorgeous puppy, and work two jobs) but I try my best to compartmentalize everything. When I arrive for session, I give my client my full attention because that’s what she deserves. Because I truly love my career, I am able to be completely happy when I am at work, and I arrive home and share that joy with my family. That is the only thing I let carry over between both, the happiness they each bring me! 

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

Simply to work hard. Working hard can help you learn and be good at any skill, and demonstrates that you are willing to go above and beyond. It keeps your mind sharp and helps you grow as an employee and a person. I try to always live by this advice because I love the idea of being limitless, as long as you are willing to try. 

What advice do you have for prospective Golden Care candidates?

Listen to your BCBA and learn from them and their experiences. My BCBA has provided me with so much guidance, advice, and assistance and has helped me grow as a tech, teacher, and further, a person. I am so appreciative of the help she has given me, and I feel that if you want to succeed as a tech, your BCBA has so much to offer!  

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