In today’s BCBA feature you’ll meet Clinical Supervisor Sarah Wright as she talks about her passion for being a supervisor, and why is she thankful to work at a place like Verbal Beginnings.
What’s the most rewarding part of your role at VB?
I really enjoy family training and collaborating with other providers. It is really important to include everyone who is involved in the child’s life in the treatment plan. I also find it really valuable to focus on each family’s unique needs and ways to help make things better for everyone.
What’s the best part about working for VB?
I love my coworkers. I feel grateful to work at a place where you are surrounded by BCBAs with their own experiences, which allow us to bounce ideas off each other and collaborate.
How have you seen VB’s Core Values in action this last year?
I was able to collaborate with Project Search to hire a young adult with autism in the spring of 2019 to work in our Center. The pandemic has temporarily put a hold on this, but I look forward to continuing with this project in the future. I think it is important to have a neurodiverse environment, especially for a company that provides services to neurodiverse individuals, and I am thankful I had the opportunity to work on this at VB.
What surprised you the most when you first started out at VB?
I was initially drawn to VB for the feeding clinic. I moved from West Chester, PA where I learned about pediatric feeding at my internship. I was surprised when I met Ben Sarcia who attended the same graduate program and had the same mentors that I did! I also had his graduate thesis sent to me from my thesis advisor (before I knew him) as I was writing mine.
What keeps you coming back each day?
I enjoy being a supervisor and helping other people learn about ABA. I feel really lucky to have had great therapists to supervise and see how passionate they are about learning new things, and new ways to help with progress keeps me going.
What would you say to those just starting out their careers in ABA?
Don’t be hard on yourself. Some days are just hard, and you can try again tomorrow. We get really comfortable when kids make progress, we forget how hard some things are for them to learn. Also, graduate school is the best and worst years of your life, but you’ll be grateful for them later!