A Day in the Life of a Behavior Assistant

A Day in the Life of a Behavior Assistant


To be a Behavior Therapist, you definitely
have to love working with kids. You have to have a lot of patience. I think more than anything though, you really
have to be able to see the potential in the kid that you work with and love them enough to put
in that effort to get them there. We are trying to do a job that is quite unconventional
because we’re trying to teach while playing. There’s no textbook on how everything is done. You really have to be thinking all the time,
constantly be on your feet and if something’s not working, you instantly have to say, “OK,
I need to try something else.” So you have to think of new strategies on
the go, all the time. From the very first day upon hiring, Discover
Hope has done nothing but support me and train me for my position. And they have helped me adapt to different
environments that I’ll be around. And they really have just supported me in
every possible way. That starts with the coaches and the supervisors. And it’s very important to communicate with
each other because we don’t see what other people are doing. And, mostly through email, we keep in contact
with them to update them on how things are going and whether or not they need to come
out and update the binder or make changes and observe. And also email with fellow therapists so that
we can let them know what things are working and what’s not working. This kind of work is important to me because
I want to do something that’s about more than the money. I want to help change lives and I think we
do that – not only with the clients, but with the people around them and their families. I think we really do make a difference in
their lives. What’s gratifying most about this job is seeing
the progress and improvements that our children are making. It’s also really gratifying to see the families
have hope and grow together and know that their child is integrating into society. I enjoy the flexibility of the job. The hours are very flexible. I’m in school right now so I enjoy, actually,
having a gap in the middle of my day so I can relax, have lunch. And, being in school, I enjoy having that
time in the afternoon to study, so that at night I’m more free to maybe hang out with
friends and do that kind of stuff. Our scheduler does a great job to make sure
everyone gets the hours that they want and also schedule us so that we’re not having work during times that we’re not available. I would encourage absolutely anybody who’s
interested in working at Discover Hope to do so. We get to do amazing work alongside amazing
people and no matter if it’s hard or if it’s easy, it’s all extremely rewarding.

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