Jenika K.

Hometown

Greenville, SC but currently living in San Diego, CA

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

I am embarrassed to admit I like to watch reality tv. It's mindless and distracting. I also enjoy spending time with my family. I live in San Diego - there's an abundance of sunshine and great weather!

My Work Style

My priority is building a strong rapport with the child and parents/caregivers. Without that, I know my recommendations will likely not be accepted. Sometimes I have to remind myself that even though I may have a goal or a few talking points in mind, the parent may want to discuss other concerns. I think showing empathy and being a great listener are really important traits in this field. My focus is to work as a team to ensure the child and family makes progress towards their goals.

Areas of Expertise

Communication deficits, social skills deficits, verbal behavior, aggressive behaviors, self-injurious behaviors

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

I am embarrassed to admit I like to watch reality tv. It's mindless and distracting. I also enjoy spending time with my family. I live in San Diego - there's an abundance of sunshine and great weather!

Why I Became a BCBA

I originally wanted to be a child psychologist. I used to work for the SC Dept. of Health. While working there, I had a client that was diagnosed with Autism. I had no idea what Autism was. I began researching and found a center for kids with Autism in Southboro Massachusetts. I applied and got the opportunity to learn and work alongside some of the most amazing, intelligent, and caring BCBAs in the country. Through that company, I have opened centers in Abu Dhabi, and literally lived everywhere in the U.S. working with kids with special needs. I guess you could say once I saw the effects of ABA, I never looked back.

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

Compassionate and hard working. I treat everyone like they are family.

What I Love Most About What I Do

I get to be creative and think outside of the box.

Most Challenging Professional Moment

When a client doesn't make progress due to extraneous variables out of my control (i.e. home environment, lack of resources, etc.).

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

Hearing a child’s first word when everyone has told the parents their child will never talk.

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