Have you ever done something in your life that makes you feel great each time you do it? Something that not only helps others but makes you a better person in the process? That is what ABA does for me. I love this field and I work hard each day so that I can help children and their families achieve goals that they maybe never thought were possible. I have worked in this field for almost 5 years. Throughout that time I’ve worked with many types of clients and on many different skills. With that being said, I think I have two areas that perhaps stand out to me.
I began my career working with children ages 7-15 on social skills in a small clinic in Minnesota. I led an after school program that targeted communication and social interaction skills. After working in that program for 3 years, I saw so many of my clients grow into confident kids that felt comfortable going to school each day, playing with friends at recess, and being able to tolerate things not going their way. It was an eye-opening experience knowing that I helped make that happen. These kids and the skills that I helped teach them are the reason I pursued ABA and decided to enroll in graduate school to become a BCBA. With that being said, teaching children social skills will always hold a special place in my heart.
The second area I have a great deal of passion for is teaching children functional communication. I cannot even wager a guess as to how many kids I’ve worked with over the years in which one of their main goals was increasing functional communication; whether that be with sign language, PECS, an AAC device, or vocal language. Seeing a child go from virtually no communication skills to adequate or even excellent communication skills is so incredibly rewarding. And even more rewarding than that is seeing how happy each parent is when their child is able to communicate their wants and needs effectively. It’s a feeling I might never be able to fully describe. Everyone has areas and skills that they love working on; social skills and functional communication are just a few of mine.
Hi, my name is Christy Winder and I am a BCaBA and one of Behavioral Perspective’s Staff Trainers. My experience working with Behavioral Perspective has included the opportunity to deliver direct services with learners, provide supervision and training to staff, offer assistance and training to parents, brainstorm during administrative meetings, and share my experience in this field with my co-workers.
Let’s talk about the Behavioral Perspective staff. The Administrative Staff, Behavior Therapists, Case Managers, and BCBAs make my job fun and worthwhile. When I provide trainings I like to encourage people to be silly and fun. Trainings can get technical and sometimes it’s a bit intense to have to learn all the components of a program. So, the best things to do are crack jokes and build a rapport with each co-worker to make the day more enjoyable for everyone. Every person that I have come into contact with at Behavioral Perspective is easy to talk to, loves kids, likes playing with toys (I really love toys), and is genuinely a nice person. I love that my job includes working with people who are dedicated to helping people learn. They are people who want to have fun, and who aren’t afraid of looking ridiculous if it means getting a smile from someone. Everyone is really good about providing support and basically being a cheerleader for each other. It is so nice to see the positive notes or emails that the staff provides for one another.
Is it weird to enjoy the toys more than the kids? Sometimes I think that I might be more excited about the toys my own children receive for birthdays and holidays then they are. Not to mention that I also might have a little influence as to what is written on my son’s Christmas list (especially taking advantage of the fact that he can not read or write yet). I love that in my job I get to play with toys. I love playing with toys and having the opportunity to teach our learners at Behavioral Perspective how to play with toys.
All the kids that we provide services for are amazing individuals and each and every one of them give me a great love for this type of work. There is nothing better than being a part of a team that gets to help a person learn a new skill. Each kiddo that BP teaches has varying skills. No matter what type of skill we help them learn it always feels amazing and satisfying when they finally achieve the goal.
Hello everyone! I’m Andi, the New Client Liaison here at Behavioral Perspective! As I mentioned in my video, I am not only the New Client Liaison, but I am a seasoned parent to a child with autism as well as to 4 neurotypical children.
Has your child recently received an autism diagnosis? Are you feeling a little lost, a lot confused, and just wondering where to even start this journey? Believe me when I say, I FEEL YOU. I have been there and I’m here to tell you, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Part of why I love my job at Behavioral Perspective is because I get the opportunity to help parents like yourself along this journey. My hopes as New Client Liaison is that I can make even one part of this journey a little easier for parents and families. I wish I could go back to my younger self and the time when my son, Ben, was first diagnosed and say to myself, “YOU CAN DO THIS.” Instead, I’m so grateful and humbled that I get to say this to you.
So, without further ado, here are my tips for parents that have a child who has recently been diagnosed with autism.
So tonight, while you are reading over the paperwork with the diagnosis, struggling to put your child to bed, or simply attempting to find some alone time, please remember that you are not alone. I hope these few tips from this mom will help even one of you find a glimpse of peace and optimism for the journey ahead of you.
Looking for a quick and easy sensory activity for the little ones? This fossil dough recipe consists of things you probably already have at home!
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup used coffee grounds
1/2-1 cup cold coffee
Mix together the flour, salt, and coffee grounds. Slowly add in the cold coffee - this will determine the consistency of your dough so you want to add it a little at a time. Mix everything together and begin kneading the dough when the consistency starts to thicken. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until you get the consistency you are looking for.
It is okay if the coffee grounds are not completely dry - they will continue to dry out as the dough gets used, so just use a little less cold coffee. Then, let the kiddos go to town! We had fun hiding dinosaurs and other animals in the dough and digging them out.
Hope you enjoy this as much as we did :)
Hey Moms and Dads! Need an easy and healthy recipe in a flash? All you need is a pan, a cutting board, and a knife! You’re welcome!
We had so much fun making this delicious and fast recipe at home. We hope that this easy recipe helps you spend more time sitting at the dinner table with your family instead of washing dirty dishes!
1 ¼ lbs. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (we used thighs)
4 cups of chopped broccoli
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into skinny sticks
2 cups of mushrooms, halved if large
1 small red onion, sliced (we accidentally diced our but it came out just as delicious)
½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes
½ cup balsamic vinegar
⅓ cup olive oil (avocado if you have it handy)
4 minced garlic cloves
3-4 tbsp. Fresh, chopped basil
1 tsp. Fresh thyme
½ tsp. Sea salt
¼ tsp. Pepper
We really hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. Comment below with how this recipe went for all of you! Let us know if you tweaked the recipe to cater to your family’s needs.
Have any cool recipes you’d like us to try? Comment below with them and you might see them in next month’s Newsletter!