Challenging yet valuable position.
Pros: life changing, personally rewarding, good trainings
Cons: challening, requires patience, stressful
In this position I work one on one with clients who have a/a series of mental health diagnosis in the academic, home, and community settings. My job is to help shape the behaviors of my clients, who generally have a diagnosis in autism, to help them learn appropriate behaviors for the setting at hand. My job is to also work with parents and other professionals to transfer skills that will help them shape the behaviors of the client so that the client will one day live as independently as possible. I have learned an enormous amount of skills on managing and shaping the behaviors of my clients and working with people who have special needs using techniques that are found within Applied Behavioral Analysis. The people that I work with have assisted me constantly throughout the process as we work together in constant communication in order to maintain the professional relationships of those we work with while also exhibiting qualities of compassion and understanding. The most challenging areas of this job are working with individuals who are resistant to the techniques and skills we, as a company, are trying to teach to the client, parents, and professionals who work together. It requires a lot of patience and vigilance but when done correctly the results are outstanding because you have the opportunity to change someone's life for the better. The parts of my job that I love the most are the skills I have learned on managing behaviors because they have not only been useful in helping clients, but they have trained me to be a better professional and a better person.