Hi Stephanie! Can you tell us about What drove you to the ABA profession?
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 being overworked and understaffed so even our best doesn’t seem to be enough. ABA seemed like the best way to make a difference.
Tell a bit about your job as an ABA tech
No day is the same. Working with my clients brings challenging days as well as many smiles. Every time a client masters a task or progresses in the smallest, I am filled with pride. 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!
What do you find the most challenging in your work?
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
What have you gained from working at Golden Care?
I have gained so much knowledge from the awesome BCBAs that I have worked with. Pranali and Megan are two of the best BCBAs I have worked with. I am fortunate enough to work alongside them and learn from them.
What is your proudest moment at Golden Care/ in your work as an ABA tech?
The first time a client mastered a program I had been teaching for 6 months. He has since retained it for 18 months and counting!
What’s the one thing you’d tell your younger self?
Hmmm. Maybe don’t work so hard, but I probably wouldn’t listen to that.
More realistically, I would tell my younger self to enjoy every minute of life and learn from both my successes and my failures.
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.
What’s the best piece advice you’ve ever been given?
Be yourself. Be kind always. Take time for yourself. You get what you give, so always give your best.