Being a behavioral instructor at California Psychcare surely comes with a load of pros and cons. To start, working with autistic and Down Syndrome children provides a very rewarding feeling and is most definitely a job that requires one to develop and maintain utmost patience.
A typical day at work consists of driving over to a client's house in order to conduct 2-3 hour sessions of ABA (applied behavior analysis). The goal is to teach the clients socially acceptable behavior and also practice behavior modification in order to eliminate socially inappropriate behavior.
In my 2-3 months here, I've learned how demanding this field of work is, and just how much it can provide one with gratefulness and appreciation for life. The work done here would not be possible without the collaboration of all employees under the constant supervision of management. It is a bit different than other industries, especially because although we do have coworkers, you do not ever see them, as the services provided are one to one with the client.
The hardest part of the job is having to be mobile and drive everywhere around Orange County from home to home. We are compensated for gas mileage, however, I would preferably have a job that requires no travel. Although it is very tedious and a bit of a hassle to drive from client to client, the most enjoyable part of the job is knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of the children and their families.
Altruistic values, rewarding to see changes in children's' lives
Mileage on my vehicle and not being able to work with coworkers