JOBS SERIES: A Day In The Life Of A Clinical Director
Maria shared with us what motivated her to join the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), her typical day, and what she enjoys to do when not working.
When did you first hear about ABA and how did you become involved in ABA? In 2011 when I was offered a teaching position as an ABA special education teacher.
What motivated you to join the ABA field? My interaction with BCBA consultants in my classroom
How did you hear about the organization you work for? The Savannah Autism conference
What position were you hired for initially, and what position are you in now? BCBA, then Clinical Director (CD)
What were some challenges you faced when you first started in the ABA field? Buy-in from other professionals and families
What does a typical day look like for you? As a CD, I meet with families, supervise instructors, write progress reports, collaborate with team members, analyze data, review/revise programs, etc.
What is the best part of working in the ABA field? Behavior change
What kind of support do you receive from your immediate supervisor and the organization as a whole? Daily support with my constant growth as a leader
Would you recommend others to join the organization you work for? If so, why? Absolutely. Respect and growth.
What advice or tips would you give to someone who wanted to work in the ABA industry? Give it a chance, I’d say 6 months to a year. Expect to cry and deal with problem behavior, critical feedback and growing pains.
What was your favorite toy growing up and why? Barbie! Why not?
Tell me something that people wouldn’t expect of you – hobby, interest, etc. I’m a food photographer and food writer for a local newspaper.
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