Providing Early Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis in Northern California and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
Position: Lead RBT
My name is Natasha and I am a Lead RBT with AAI California, I am currently enrolled in school with Purdue Global University. I am working on my Bachelors degree in ABA and will graduate in July of 2021! After this I will be pursuing my Masters degree and put in my supervision hours and my course credits to sit for the BCBA exam!
When I am not at work or doing school work I crochet different projects for myself, family members, and friends. I also enjoy taking my dog son walks and doing some yoga and fun workouts with my best friend!
What led me to the job here at AAI was my cousin that has autism, I saw the everyday struggles of his day as well as his siblings and mom. I then wondered, what kind of job or line of work is there that can support a child with autism on almost every level of being a functional human being? WIth that being said this job means so much to me, knowing that I am a part of a child and families progress and achieving milestones and goals is a very heartwarming thing to be a part of.
What I appreciate most about AAI is that I am constantly supported with anything that I do. That means being supported at work, with my education, and with my family.
Position: RBT Lead
Aside from work I enjoy being outside, hiking, swimming, and spending time with my dogs. I find taking care of my health and wellness to be a highly active part of my life. I have an associate degree in early childhood education, a Bachelor of Professional Studies in behavioral science and I am currently working on master’s degree in psychology with an Applied Behavioral Analysis focus. My goal after earning my master’s degree is to gain my license as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.
I worked for three years as a paraprofessional in the Center for Exceptional Children. This center used the methods of applied behavioral analysis to improve students social, emotional, and academic skills so they could join their regular education peers in the classroom. The students that I worked with in the center were those on the Autism spectrum, developmental delays and those who had been affected by trauma. I found this work to be extremely rewarding and I enjoyed being able to support these students in ways that improved their confidence and allowed them to improve on skills in all areas. My interest in the field of Applied behavioral analysis grew from this experience and has led me to pursue my degree in behavioral science as well as my interest to work for AAI. I came to work for AAI once I had received my bachelor’s degree in September 2019. I wanted to work for AAI as they are working with families and children to meet the needs of the family and child. In doing these interventions are planned for each child based on their needs in order to prepare them for the many demands of life. Goals that are created for each child are created with the goal to be for the child to be able to independently use these skills in a variety of environments.
The AAI environment is positive, supportive and encouraging. The staff all work as part of a team and work together to meet tasks and collaboration is meet with positivity and acceptance. Great empathy is used daily with children and families to ensure that everyone is working together and in harmony. I am more than happy to come to work everyday and work as part of such an amazing team.
Position: Lead RBT
I have been working in this field since 2015. When I am not working I love to spend time with my husband and dog anywhere in nature, trying new local food and making art!
I had recently moved to Mendocino County and thought I wanted to take a break from working but I missed my job and the work I was doing as an RBT and thus my journey with AAI began.
For me being an RBT means finding ways and teaching families how to find ways to make the world around us accommodate the needs of each child and family I work with.
The thing I appreciate most about working at AAI is the support, guidance and encouragement we have from our supervisors. Even though we are not close in proximity I never feel like I am lacking support. On top of that our management truly cares about our wellbeing.
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