We’ve read so many books throughout our careers that we’d love to share with our audience. Below is a shortlist of recommended reading within this episode that can help you become a better BCBA. We’d also love to know what’s on your bookshelf, so make sure to connect with us and share! — Behavioral Intervention Read more about Episode 015: Book Recommendations with Shira and Shayna[…]
Patricia Williams is a BCaBA from Jamaica and a longtime member of How to ABA. She works in an international school on the island and began her career as a high school teacher. After observing students in her classes with behavioral issues, she studied special education and began using the techniques she learned. Patricia eventually Read more about Episode 014: BCaBA in an International School in Jamaica with Patricia Williams[…]
Jeremy Brown (Executive Director) and Jacqueline Thweatt-Burton (Assistant Director) of Certified Behavior Health Services serve rural areas across the states of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Demand for services is high in these areas and it can be a challenge for practitioners due to long drive times to and from clients. Most of their work within Read more about Episode 013: Serving Rural Communities with Jeremy Brown and Jacqueline Thweatt-Burton[…]
The BCBA field can be very demanding, especially when you’re first starting out. If you’re not managing your time properly or creating healthy boundaries, you can easily find yourself heading towards burnout. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take to ease the overwhelm so that you have the energy to do your job Read more about Episode 012: How to Prevent Burnout[…]
Having autism herself, Summer Mingo approaches the BCBA profession with a fresh perspective and offers great insights into how we can improve as practitioners. Being client-centric, taking on a brand-new case as if they were a blank slate, and focusing on skills-based programs can help set you up for success when working with families.
Early childhood special ed teacher and BCBA Lisa Cvetnich has extensive experience working with young children and their parents. It’s easy for parents to become overwhelmed with everything from how long it takes to start treatment to understanding reasons behind behaviors. Lisa’s website, The Autism Connection, is a fantastic resource for early intervention information for both parents and practitioners.
Parents are a child’s greatest advocate. Vidya Banerjee’s story of raising an autistic son and then becoming a practitioner herself is one we can all learn from. Her insight into what it’s like to be on the parenting side of things is super-valuable and inspiring.
BCBAs can sometimes encounter cultural differences and language barriers when working with their families. Ashley Cabral, a bilingual BCBA, knows these challenges well. Helping your clients get access to the information they need while having compassion for their culture goes a long way.
Currently a Director of ABA at a multidisciplinary clinic, Dayna Parker looks back on her journey of becoming a BCBA. She walks us through all the challenges she’s faced over the years, how she dealt with burnout, and what motivates her to keep going.
Jaime Santana, owner of Santana Behavioural Services, joins us on this episode of How to ABA. We talk about caring for adults, the unique ways that we can serve them to foster independence, and the importance of having empathy and compassion for parents. Jaime also shares with us his favorite practitioner resources.