In today’s BCBA feature you’ll meet Program Coordinator Grace Gomez, and hear more about why she loves what she does and how the culture Verbal Beginnings has helped not only the families, but staff as well.
What’s the most rewarding part of your role at VB?
The most rewarding part is being able to work with families who are committed to improving the lives of their children. I absolutely love completing their initial assessments and helping them start their journey with ABA in a positive way!
What’s the best part about working for VB?
I love that VB places such a big emphasis on leadership skills using an OBM (Organizational Behavior Management) approach, as well as effective treatment. Their commitment to “Changing lives. One child at a time. One professional at a time” really translates to our Center as a whole. This positively impacts the culture at VB.
How have you seen VB’s Core Values in action this last year?
One of my favorite VB core values is education. In the last year, we have survived the pandemic and it was through this need that our ABA Exploration program for families was created. Many families have embraced their ability to expand their own ABA skills from the comfort of their home via telehealth.
What surprised you the most when you first started out at VB?
I was pleasantly surprised to find that VB staff genuinely loves what they do and will do anything to ensure clients are receiving effective and compassionate treatment. Many BCBAs shy away from working with clients 1:1, but our BCBA’s love that they still have that opportunity to maintain their own therapy skills working with clients directly as they utilize BST (Behavioral Skills Training) to train families or staff.
What keeps you coming back each day?
I have been in the field for about 16 years and ABA has evolved so much since I started. But to this day, I am still passionate about seeing the growth in our clients and our staff as each continues to expand their skills and independence! The feeling of gratitude from parents is so rewarding! I am absolutely grateful to be a part of our client’s journey to success.
What would you say to those just starting out their careers in ABA?
I would say to have fun and be ready to learn! If you are having fun while teaching skills, then your client will also be motivated to learn from you! Be ready to learn and update your skills as the science of ABA evolves and new research continues to support our application of the science.