Pros: very rewarding, benefits when you have them, and the number of days off.
Cons: number of hours, the lack of security in hours, potential to lose benefits, pay, and number of hats you have to wear
On a typical day as a Behavioral Interventionist I work one on one with children with autism providing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Early Intervention shaping appropriate social skills, behaviors, and coping skills while creating an entertaining environment for the child. Before the sessions I prepare for then by working on my lesson plans – more... and reviewing their progress on their goals. After the sessions I compute and input the child’s data into our system and as the lead I review all of the data that the team has imputed to make sure that they are progressing with their goals.
Working in this field has improved my knowledge of the mental health field, child development, as well as how to assist/teach families to cope, support, and interact with people that have special needs. I have learned how to think on my toes and adapt my teaching to the situations that arise as well as to better suit the mood that the child is in on a given day.
Management is up and down due to the number of hours that they have pertaining to each of their cases as well as that you might have a number of different ones that you have to wear different hats for. They are very good though with their support of their employees and are there to help you when you need it.
The coworkers are friendly but usually stick to themselves as well as there are so many that are in and out of the office that you do not really get to know them one on one especially since everyone’s schedule is different.
The hardest part of the job is that you have to wear so many different hats working with the number of families and mangers that we do.
The most enjoyable part of the job is definitely seeing the growth in the children that we work with. – less