The long and short: I wasn’t looking for change but was contacted and offered an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.
I will still be doing the same work I have been: managing ABA programs for children with ASD and supervising interventionists / therapists that work with those children. I’ll still be operating as a bilingual supervisor – so working with a lot of Spanish-speaking families. I’ll still be driving around a lot.
The difference will be the company. I’m leaving Innovative Pathways Inc. and starting a new job with Easter Seals Bay Area. Easter Seals works with children and adults who have all kinds of special needs but recently they have begun to ramp up their Autism Project and I’ll be helping with this expansion.
Leaving a job like mine is very difficult. It’s not like leaving an office job where you see your coworkers and maybe or not you have some closer relationships (shout out to the awesome friendships I gained and still have from my five year office job!). When you are in this field, you develop attachments to children and you become a part of people’s families. I’ve also grown some great working relationships with the instructors I supervise.
I have grown so much during my time at IP. It was my first major hands-on experience with ABA and DTT and the more technical aspects of working with children with special needs, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders. IP introduced me to working with clients older than age three and taught me how to make materials like PECS and Event Sequencing. I learned to write and implement Behavior Plans for children with all kinds of behaviors from tantrums to aggression. IP gave me my first managerial experience, which in this field is essential to moving upward in your career (you know, if you don’t have it you can’t get it). I learned from some amazing therapists and supervisors that helped grow and stretch me. I improved my fluency in the Spanish language and grew in my technical writing skills.
I am so very thankful for the time I spent at IP. I am also incredibly thankful for and excited about this new opportunity to grow in my skills and be stretched more than before. I love my job and want to keep learning and improving in my ability to help families of children with special needs. I’m so grateful I’ve been allowed to do that for a little longer.