When it comes to ABA therapy, there’s so much value in having a strong team – from therapist, to parent, to child – and at Innovative Behavior Options, we want you to know that we have the best team of ABA therapists that you can find. Over the past few months, we’ve been spotlighting members of our team to give you some insight into the therapists you may work with or see around our Roswell, GA therapy center.
Today, we’d like to introduce you to Rashida B! Her passion for helping people and her unending quest to learn more are just two of the many things that make Rashida such a fantastic Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)! Learn more about Rashida below!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m originally from Brooklyn, NY, but I moved to Georgia when I was in high school. Before becoming a BCBA, I spent seven years as a Program Director working with the geriatric population diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. I reside in Decatur, GA with my wonderful husband.
I started with IBO in October of 2016 as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). Robin really mentored and guided me in the field of ABA. Because of her, I pursued my Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism from Ball State University.
And now, I’m happy to say I’m a newly certified BCBA as of February with IBO!
What interested you initially about this type of work?
Back in 2012, when I lived in Indiana, I worked as a paraprofessional in the special education department. It was the first time I had worked with kids on the Autism spectrum, and I loved it! Back then, I didn’t even know ABA therapy existed, and now I’m pursuing it as a career!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
With ABA therapy, I love that I’m teaching skills that my clients may use for the rest of their lives and preparing them to be as independent as possible. Knowing the impact that has warms my heart. My clients have also taught me to appreciate the little things in life and to celebrate even small successes in daily living!
I also really enjoy writing programs for our RBTs. Especially when working with younger kids, you have to be creative in your programming and making the environment a naturalistic teaching moment. I feel like writing programs is like a puzzle and you’re trying to put all the pieces together.
What causes are you passionate about?
One cause I’m particularly passionate about and that’s dear to my heart is an organization called Smart Girls on Campus. My sister in law started this organization a few years ago to encourage and inspire teen girls through challenging, innovative and relevant learning experiences.
I’m also passionate about causes that bring light to social injustice, mental health, and of course Autism awareness! Like I always say awareness is the first step. Acceptance is the goal!
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned recently?
Right now, I’m familiarizing myself with telehealth and learning best practices on how to make a session interactive and fun for clients, just in case I need to use it.
What puts a smile on your face?
I love seeing my clients light up when they see me and parents telling me a success moment that happened during the week!
If you’re interested in learning more about ABA therapy and working with one of our amazing BCBAs or ABA therapists, either in-home or at our Roswell, GA therapy Center, check out our website.