I have always been in "helping positions" in the past 12 years. Originally, I began my studies at University in nursing. While in school, I worked on a cardiac ICU floor as a patient care tech -- the majority of my patients were over the age of 55 years old. I was responsible for bathing and feeding my patients as well as administering treatments and medications. I then decided to change to Elementary and Special Education (K-12) at University for my Bachelor's degree. While I was in school, I was a nanny for two children, one teenage boy with autism, and his younger sister who is neuro-typical. My other job while in University included being in-home support staff for individuals with autism and behavior disorders. I would assist the individuals with housework, transportation, social skills, managing money, increasing their independence with toileting/bathing, and of course, ensuring they were happy and healthy. Another part of my job was working with family members and guardians to create and implement different behavior strategies in the home to increase their child's independence. I quickly fell in love with this career, and upon graduating, I went back to University for a M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
This career path led me to serve and support countless families in their home settings. I have worked with families of various backgrounds, religions, beliefs, and family dynamics. The responsibilities in positions I have had range from helping individuals with personal care/hygiene, feeding, and increasing social skills, to serving as job and volunteer support for my clients and their families.