By: Catherine Tsiris
Let’s Get Personal
I got into this field to help people. I wanted to make a difference, to help make a positive impact on people’s lives. And a day doesn’t go by that I am not reminded in some way that I made the right decision.
When a mom calls me Monday morning to tell me they had a tantrum free weekend, or when I get a text that Johnny let dad brush his teeth, when the child that used to throw herself on the floor when her tablet was removed even briefly independently goes to the work area when the therapist arrives ready to do work, when parents convey to me that their child’s teachers are noticing a positive change, when the child that had a single word in his repertoire a year ago now has over a hundred words and growing, and when week after week I see our children mastering goal after goal, I know I made the right decision.
ABA Therapy Works. Period.
I know ABA is an effective therapy. I have lived and breathed it for over 16 years, but it’s when the parents I work with tell me they see the positive changes ABA therapy made in their child’s behavior and skills, and in their family’s life, I know I made the right decision.
It’s not an easy job and it’s certainly not a glamorous job, but it is immensely rewarding. However, it is also a job where we, the professionals are often isolated. Where the treatment team consists of the child (our client), his or her parents/caregivers, the therapist and the supervisor. At least this is the model I have encountered in many organizations that provide ABA services to children with ASD and their families.
A Different Model
It wasn’t until I started working for Attentive Behavior Care that I encountered a different model. Where the child, their family, and their ABA providers are part of a greater family. An organization that cares about them, and about their child’s progress. They care about helping them overcome their challenges and celebrates their successes.
From the case coordinators who work tirelessly to match families with providers and ensure that each child is receiving top notch ABA services, to recruiters who carefully vet providers, to the clinical team that oversees treatment, to all the folks behind the scenes, every single person in our organization has one purpose in sight. To provide the best possible ABA therapy to each and every child.
I’ve lost count how many times parents tell me how happy they are that the case coordinator checked in with them, making sure they were happy with their services, and how many parents have told me how much they appreciate that their treatment providers go above and beyond for their child.
I think it’s best summed up by something one of my moms said to me:
“I can’t imagine life without ABA now. I can’t imagine going back to how things were. I can get my hair done now! I can take a nap or watch a little TV. ABA has changed my life, and thank God for my neighbor who told me about Attentive Behavior Care.”