Manuel R.

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What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

I am a very active person. When I am stressed I run, and not just a typical run. I’m one to blast music in my ears and Dance while running, it gets me more active and makes running much more enjoyable. I love spending time with my wife and kids and am an avid Volleyball player. I also enjoy going to Disneyland and learning about the different activities that I can do with my kids there.

My Work Style

When I first meet my clients I find it highly important to find a connection and to build a professional workmen relationship. This is very important to me, as when I meet someone for the first time I want to get to know who I will be working with and find out what concerns I can begin to address. The relationship- or rapport - needs to first be worked on both with the client and with those around the client. I do this because it helps create buy in to the plans I create and allows everyone to be on the same page for what we are trying to achieve.

Areas of Expertise

Communication deficits, social skills deficits, verbal behavior, aggressive behaviors, self-injurious behaviors, academic/pre-academic skills, school-based issues, Vocational Skills, natural environment teaching, crisis management, residential behavior care, Co-morbid disorders.

What I Do To De-stress In My Free Time

I am a very active person. When I am stressed I run, and not just a typical run. I’m one to blast music in my ears and Dance while running, it gets me more active and makes running much more enjoyable. I love spending time with my wife and kids and am an avid Volleyball player. I also enjoy going to Disneyland and learning about the different activities that I can do with my kids there.

Why I Became a BCBA

Ever since I was kid I knew that I wanted to work with children I just did not know how. It was not until After I graduated college while in pursuit of work that I stumbled upon a job working as a Behavior Therapist that required working with children aged 2-18 on the autism spectrum. I initially had no idea what I was getting myself into but when I started there was not looking back. I loved the idea of getting to teach children how to engage in play while using their words to access things within their environment. My very first client I was assigned to was aged 3 and when I started with him he did not have any means of communication, he would scream, cry, or hit walls to get things or attention from others. it was not until I started working with him that his family began to notice a change in how he communicated, after a year and half of working with him I was able to establish his vocal communication skills and his behavior decreased as result and his play skills increased. This kid had a positive impact on my life as well, the change that I helped him make establish my motivation to want to pursue more in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. After two years of working as a therapist I took the giant leap to go into a masters and pursue the BCBA certification. I have not looked back since, it was the best decision of my life.

What Previous Clients Would Say About Me

Clients have told me that I am personable and a good listener. I like to hear what others have to say and listen to their concerns so that I can come up with a plan on how to assist them as best as I can. They might also say that I am kind of goofy and am mostly always smiling.

What I Love Most About What I Do

I love having the opportunity to interact with many different people and showing them that behavior change is possible.

Most Challenging Professional Moment

I've run a residential facility and had three clients that required 2:1 support 24 hours a day ( this was the most restrictive environment), the most challenging moment while doing this job was not creating the plans nor getting the individuals team on board with my plan. It was getting the individual we were providing the service for to buy in to supporting their life. To create behavior change in an adult is much different than child, but it taught me different ways to get their buy and how to create better treatment plans that are person centered rather than centered on what people think is best for the individual.

Most Rewarding Professional Moment

Seeing a client smile from ear to ear after they have accomplished something that they have been working tirelessly on, whether it be their first word, playing with a toy, learning a new job skill, or learning how to care for themselves.

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