To help our clients get to know our staff and feel more comfortable with them at our center, we’re running a Staff Spotlight Series here on our blog. Up next in our Staff Spotlight series, we’re featuring one of our ABA Therapists, Ava. Ava joined the Innovative Behavior Options team last fall, and we’re thrilled to have her on our team.
How do you typically start your day?
The first thought that comes to my mind is contentment, because that’s how I feel at the end of my therapy sessions. It is still so exhilarating and new for me. I started working for IBO about 5 months ago (in March) and I am so happy, I know this is where I need to be.
What interested you initially about this type of work? What do you enjoy most about your job?
My interest to become an ABA therapist has always been a desire, my brother was diagnosed with Autism at age 4 and he is now 15. I have watched him grow and progress immensely throughout the years. In the beginning, there was no interaction, nothing meaningful–he basically shut himself down. However; as time passed, he came around and now, my brother has exceeded way beyond his grade level and is ready to take on his world, without hesitation.
What is the best part of your week?
The best part of my week is going to work with high expectations and being able to come home with no regrets. This type of service can be a challenge but never a disappointment.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned recently?
I have learned so many new and interesting things since I began working at IBO, however; I have learned something major from my clients: Autism is not a disease, it’s important to become aware and accept a perspective that is different from my own.
What causes are you passionate about?
I like to think of myself as an idealist, never give up, and always stay positive. If there is a will there is going to be a way when it comes to the children that I am working with.
What puts a smile on your face?
Making a difference for someone is a reason to smile all day long…
Check back on our blog again soon, as we’ll be sharing more knowledge and insight from our dedicated team. If you have questions about our ABA Therapy Services and how we can help your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us.