Thank you for your kind feedback. My goal with this blog is to make Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) an accessible topic for discussion and a subject that will interest people looking for ways to help themselves or others. I appreciate the feedback that my posts explain ABA concepts well.
I got into this field of study after working in social services following my undergrad. I originally trained as a music therapist and did contracts with various agencies - particularly agencies who served individuals with autism spectrum disorder. At the same time, I also started supporting 1:1 individuals with severe behaviour challenges such as aggression and self-injury. Government funded ABA services had just started which resulted in me working alongside behaviour interventionists and consultants - some of whom I co-facilitated music therapy sessions with or were the behaviour consultants involved with the 1:1 individuals I was supporting. I started to take an interest in how they viewed behaviour and in their process of assessment and intervention. From there, I received additional training in ABA and began working as a behaviour consultant myself for many years.
The qualities within the science of ABA - that behaviour is deterministic and functional relations are established from experimentation and analysis - is what really drew me in. It was how my brain was meant to work and I began to view ABA as not just an intervention applied to children with autism but that it also explained everyday behaviour and could suggest ways in which to make socially significant behaviour changes. When a Masters program started at a nearby university, I decided to pursue additional education in order to (eventually) get certification.
And that’s my “How did you get into the field of ABA” story! Thanks for stopping in to read my posts and share an interest in what ABA has to offer.