Maggie I.

Hometown

Boise, ID

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

Well that has changed over the last few years with two little ones at home. I do what I can to get out of the city and into the mountains: skiing, camping, and rafting. When that can’t be achieved you might find me downtown at happy hour with a few friends or watching television during that one precious hour of alone time you get as a parent between your children’s bedtime and your own.

My Work Style

I would say my work style regarding interacting with families is very open and matter of fact. My first goal when working with an individual and their family is to build a relationship. I am also realistic and upfront with families to the fact that treatment will likely be hard at times and will often require open dialogue about very difficult topics. My next goal is to teach the individual a new skill, even if it is something small, or give parents a simple strategy that improves quality of life. I think it is so important for families to see improvement in something that matters to them as quickly as possible. It makes the hard times a little easier 😊

Areas of Expertise

Verbal behavior, severe problem behavior (aggression, self-injurious behavior, property destruction), functional communication, functional/adaptive life skills

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

Well that has changed over the last few years with two little ones at home. I do what I can to get out of the city and into the mountains: skiing, camping, and rafting. When that can’t be achieved you might find me downtown at happy hour with a few friends or watching television during that one precious hour of alone time you get as a parent between your children’s bedtime and your own.

Why I Became a BCBA

I have worked in the field of developmental disabilities for 15 years but was not introduced to applied behavior analysis until 2010. In my early career I worked with some very challenging adults and often felt defeated because I wanted to provide better outcomes. Looking back, I truly had no idea what I was doing but I loved my job and seemed to have a knack for teaching. While working at day treatment program for adults I attended a training taught by a BCBA. It was like a light bulb went off and the universe made sense. I had discovered the path to truly making a difference in lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and I was on my way.

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

They would likely say that I love data! They might also say that I am very open and patient but set firm boundaries and have high expectations for the individuals I work with.

What I Love Most About What I Do

Every day is different and presents new challenges. I am continuously experiencing moments of success and defeat, both make me a better a clinician.

Most Challenging Professional Moment

When my interventions are not enough, and I am unable secure adequate community resources to keep a child or adult in the least restrictive home environment.

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

Teaching an individual to communicate whether that be talking, signing, or using an augmentative communication device. It opens up a whole new world when someone is able to communicate their wants and needs.

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