Meet Catherine, one of our ABA therapists! Catherine has worked in special education for over 15 years, with experience as a special education teacher, a communication and behavioral specialist and community-based vocational trainer aiding in parental support. Of her work, she says, “I can truthfully state that my heart and soul are with all of my students. I hope to affect their lives only a fraction as much as they have touched mine.”
Catherine has been part of the Innovative Behavior Options team since 2014, having worked with children between the ages of elementary all the way through high school. She the next of our staff to get featured in our Staff Spotlight Series here on the Innovative Behavior Options blog.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day in my world is flexible and busy…that’s one of the reasons why I enjoy what I do. There is never a dull moment; always filled with victories, big or small; it doesn’t matter because at the end of the day…it’s all about helping others reach their potential.
What interested you initially about this type of work? What do you enjoy most about your job?
There are so many things to gravitate my interest in this profession, however, the desire to nurture has always been a strong passion of mine. Teaching, guiding, and caring for others is easy to do, especially when I know every connection our clients experience can be a significant transitioning point in their world.
What is the best part of your week?
The best part of my week is experiencing a breakthrough with a client…that one spark of information opening his mind. As a therapist, there are many challenges to face and it’s important to understand, “one size does not fit all.” However; the chance to see that FIRST one to one eye contact and that FIRST contextual response is worth the wait.
What causes are you passionate about?
I believe a person’s passion is only as strong as the cause, also the action taken can make a major difference. I have one truth I carry within my professional environment…one passionate cause to support my clients and everything I do…always “assume intelligence, teach competence, promote independence and be respectful.”
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned recently?
As an ABA therapist, I have learned the importance of team unity. It is vital to abide by specific rules and ethical beliefs. Changing behavior and promoting independence cannot be accomplished alone. The culture and values of a professional team must be established through hard work, dedication, and loyalty.
What puts a smile on your face?
A day dedicated to therapy is always a day to remember, only because the outcome can be an abundance of accomplishments; ending with a day of gratification and a smile on my face.
This series is a result of our dedication to helping our clients and their families get to know and feel more comfortable with our staff. The more comfortable our clients are, the more we can serve and support them in their growth and learning.
If you have questions about our Atlanta-based ABA Therapy services, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. Our staff can answer questions about how to get started, health insurance, resources for parents and teachers, and more.