Elizabeth M. B.

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What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

Adventure. Try new things, go new places, eat new foods, read new books…and Pray

My Work Style

I aim to put myself out of a job. The goal is independence for my students, giving my students the skills they need to succeed in a world, that likely, does not support their success. In some cases, this means providing the skills directly to my students, in some cases this means helping parents and communities support learners so that I can be less and less involved.

Areas of Expertise

Early intervention, language delays, academic skill deficits, school based behavior issues, self-injurious behavior, aggression.

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

Adventure. Try new things, go new places, eat new foods, read new books…and Pray

Why I Became a BCBA

In undergraduate school, I studied policy analysis and human development, but I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I spent a lot of time studying human development and the policies we made that affected, students, children, families and adults. What roll did their abilities and their psychology, their motivations and their histories play in how our “policies” affected them? In 2009 I was introduced to the concept of ABA and it was love at first practice. This was it! This was the way I could “write policies” or develop programs that would take into account an individual’s history, their abilities and their challenges and I could use this information to help them to overcome challenges and build on their strengths.

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

What I Love Most About What I Do

Objectivity. Being able to step back and look at the numbers, whether they support what I have proposed or not. The numbers help me to look at what we are doing and to do more of what is working and change what is not working.

Most Challenging Professional Moment

Feeling stuck. I have developed programs and worked with incredible staff to make changes to the lives of my clients but every once in a while you get to a place where you cannot do anymore. In some cases, this is because there are environmental factors that make it difficult or impossible to move forward. In some cases, it has been because there were factors out of my control or outside my scope of practice. Either way, the result was a student I could not help anymore and that feels awful.

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

Hearing a child call for their “Mama” after years of their mother praying just to hear her child’s voice.

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