Over these past months of being a behavior aide I, to no surprise, have learned a great deal about ABA. What I did not expect to gain from this experience is how much I have learned about myself. I have experienced more personal growth through this position than I have in any other job. Going into my role as a behavior aide I was focused on helping the children that I worked with to reach their goals, but there came a point where I realized that these children were actually profoundly helping me as well. They were helping me to further develop my patience, communication, creativity, and most of all self-confidence.
Having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others has been so extremely gratifying. Watching my girls improve and get closer to reaching their goals makes me so proud and fills me with all the joy in the world. It is very apparent that ABA greatly benefits these children in many ways. They are working to learn skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Each child has a set of goals designed just for them and aides that are trained specifically for their program. This made me feel confident that I knew my kids, their goals, and the ways that I can present activities in a way that will be the most effective. I love working one on one with the children and building a relationship with each of them. We are able to do lots of new activities during our sessions which keeps the work from becoming mundane. I am always excited to go to work and see my little buddies. They are a true source of happiness in my life. Becoming a behavior aide has been such a positive experience that I will always hold close.
To me, being a behavior aide is so much more than just a job. The children that I work with have become such a huge part of my life. I am wholeheartedly devoted to the progress and well-being of my kids and feel that it is my duty to provide the absolute best behavior therapy that I can. It is not something that I do because it is my job, it is something that I do because I am truly invested in the lives of the kids that I work with.