**Blog post by BACA behavior technician Lindsey Garringer
I have been privileged to work for BACA for the last 8 months after making a career change following my undergraduate degree. Since my start at BACA, I have had the opportunity to work with a large group of people that are passionate about what they do as well as develop my own passion for the field. I am now attending graduate school to further my education in Autism and ABA to continue growing with the company.
No two children are the same and working in the ABA field gives you something different to do every day. The fast pace and individuality of treatment is what attracted me to this field along with working with children on a daily basis. It is great to be a part of a developing field that allows people to be individuals while still providing training on appropriate skills to make life, in this fast paced world, a little more doable.
As with any profession, in the ABA field, you build relationships with many children and families for, sometimes, short periods of time. When beginning with any client, there is an understanding that the ultimate goal is to often get the child into a less restrictive setting. Last week marks a bittersweet moment in my time with BACA as one of my first primary clients transitioned to a school setting. I found myself being incredibly selfish and feeling upset that our time spent together was ending, and then thought every ending is just a new opportunity. This transition marks an opportunity for this client to play basketball competitively, spend time with similar aged peers, practice social skills learned thus far, and be an outstanding friend.
This ending is also an opportunity for me to continue to grow in the ABA profession. I have the opportunity to work with a number of different clients and staff to continue learning and developing. I have the opportunity to see great amounts of progress in other clients, whether it is maintaining eye contact during a conversation, preparing one’s own meal, or completing an academic assignment. Every ending is truly a new opportunity and working in this field makes me realize how important it is to not take the little things for granted.