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#59854 - 02/25/05 02:48 PM Re: So... what do you do?
goo
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chrissy wrote:
We use a Verbal Behavior / Applied Behavior Analysis approach, and the results are amazing.
Aren't they? It consistently amazes me that people dismiss ABA because it's counter-intuitive (and, I think, the effort involved) - it may be, but it works dammit!

I've been using an ABA-driven model known as Positive Behaviour Support (based on the work of the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis since I started working with adults with learning disabilities almost 10 years ago, and, assuming the correct application, this model is the most effective I have yet come across. My current job is managing in-home support services for people, through a large London borough government. It is incredibly challenging and rewarding, and it pays well \:\) One of my favourite parts of my job is designing resources for people to facilitate behaviour change - on most days I get to write and illustrate a book, or design a reinforcement program, or make a poster, or assist someone to map out their dreams. I love it.

I have worked across disability services, both in direct support and management, and my last job in Australia (I moved to the UK 8 months ago) was in an internal challenging behaviour and staff training consultancy for a large community service provider - so far, the best job I have had. I worked with people with all sorts of disabilities across all types of services and across the state.

One story from this job that I'll be dining out on for years:
I get a phone call from a support worker who is in the supermarket with a young woman with autism. The young woman has dropped her pants and started masturbating in the cleaning products aisle, and it doesn't look like she wants to stop anytime soon. I ask the support worker how far she is from the fruit section; it's two aisles over, so I suggest she run there, grab the biggest watermelon she can carry, then run back and hand it over without any hesitation. While the young woman is trying to hold the watermelon, pull up her pants, take firm hold of her arm and start walking.

She did and it worked! These sorts of challenges were part of an average day. Within 3 weeks of implementing the young woman's Positive Behaviour Support plan she had stopped masturbating in public (and it had been a very regular occurrence). I never planned to work with people with disabilities, it just happened that that was where I found a job that fit in with full time study. Some other interesting jobs I've had are:
- working as a doorbitch at a strip club in a rather seedy area
- working as an artists' model
- manufacturing and selling natural, vegan skin care and beauty products
- working in fruit and veg shops (2 boxes of cherries for xmas, thankyou kindly)

Sorry for the long post...

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#59855 - 02/25/05 03:32 PM Re: So... what do you do?
chrissy
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I was working in accounting until I moved to England in 2002. I couldn't work (visa requirement), so I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do -- work with children. When our plans were to stay in England, I started looking into schooling and that there, but my husband and I decided to move back to America early last year. (I swear I am getting to the point!)

An incredibly good friend of mine had opened her own non-profit school while I was in England, and had been pestering me to come and work for her when I got back, as we all knew that accounting was just not for me. I decided to give it a try, with the thought that I would go back to school for elementary education while working at her school. Now, however, I've completely fallen in love with what I'm currently doing, so the plans are to go back to school and get my Master's in ABA and then go on from there.

goovie, I definitely have a sense of doing something for the greater good that I haven't had before. The kids are all fantastic, and let me tell you -- the 4 day school week doesn't hurt! =)

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#59856 - 03/16/05 08:03 PM Re: So... what do you do?
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I'm currently in a stop-gap job working for a small non-profit group that promotes renewable energy.

I don't like it very much, because I have to deal with some frustrating people who'd prefer that the organisation remains "pure" rather than "financially viable". And they keep forgetting to pay me. And I have to work from home which is very isolating

Today I'm trying to make up my mind whether I should take a 3 month contract with my previous employer (government department energy policy) that pays more than twice what I'm getting now.

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#59857 - 03/19/05 08:33 PM Re: So... what do you do?
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Registered: 03/07/05
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;\) Wow! I love that everyone is so diverse and skilled. Such a beautiful thing. Well, as for me, I work on research projects at a university dealing with STDs(sexually transmitted diseases). It's quite interesting on a good day. On a slow day, I read...A LOT. I've been known to finish a whole book while at work. I really like it when I have stuff to do. When I don't, I'm ready to rip my hair out, but this is what I've wanted to do since forever.
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#59858 - 03/21/05 07:17 PM Re: So... what do you do?
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Hi. I am a 4th grade teacher- a job I absolutely love! I get to talk about and teach reading- how much better can it get???
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#59859 - 03/21/05 09:09 PM Re: So... what do you do?
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Hmmmm. What do I do? Well, many different things.

Above all else, I am mom to 4 kids: 18, 15, and 13 yr old sons, and an 11 yr old daughter. My husband is very involved in parenting them and does more around the house than I would ever think about doing.

For income (very little, but still something), I am a substitute teacher, mostly at the middle and high school level (grades 6-12). I prefer the high schoolers, because I am not expected to actually teach. They watch a video or do an assignment, and I get to read! \:\)

I am also a doula, which is a labor support specialist. I enjoy working with pregnant women, supporting them during labor and birth and helping the experience be whatever they want it to be. I've spent some time as an apprentice midwife, but had to put that on hold due to family issues. I don't know if I'll ever finish my midwifery training, or if I even want to.

By the end of the summer, I will be a "Paint Technician." That means I will be working with my husband in our paint store (we sell Benjamin Moore paint). I'll help customers choose and match colors, and mix the paint for them. I love the picking colors part. We already have 2 stores, and will be opening a third. This will be the first time I've worked full-time in the stores, but I'm looking forward to it.
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#59860 - 03/30/05 12:55 PM Re: So... what do you do?
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I previously was a behavioral therapist for an autistic boy--I love ABA..

Now, I'm a client development manager for a publishing company that format personal ads and wrote software to expediate placing personal ads. Sounds more glamorous that it is..

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#59861 - 04/29/05 01:35 PM Re: So... what do you do?
Elsbet
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I'm trying to figure out what to do. I was three years into a B.A. in theater when I realized that I am a really great critic and a terrible artist.

I started working on finishing out my GenEds and I realized that I'm still really good at science and especially medicine. Now I'm considering a BSN, and becoming a nurse. I'm terrified that I'm making the wrong decision and that I'll hate it, but this is the first time like I feel I've been "called." Everything in my life seems to be pushing me in this direction.

Is there anyone here in the health field? Or has anyone had this kind of experience?

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#59862 - 05/02/05 01:35 PM Re: So... what do you do?
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I'm a programmer too...I've been doing web development (ColdFusion, SQL, HTML, Javascript, and recently, PHP) for eight years now. I'm pretty tired of it, actually. Mainly I build content management systems that allow non-technical people to update their website by just filling in forms. It was very interesting for the first few years, when the Internet was really catching on and companies were making money hand over fist (and rebuilding their websites every six to twelve months), but now I've been doing it so long that it's become essentially a matter of copying & pasting. I rarely get projects that are innovative - usually it's a very standard sort of site without any fancy calculations or dependencies. Booooooring. The only things I really like about the job are the money (which isn't as good as it was before the dot-bomb of 2002), and the fact that I get to work from home full-time.

So over the last year, I've been working towards my dream: opening a used book store. I've been collecting books for about a year and reading "start your own business" books. In the past I've also been an office manager and done retail sales, so I'm not worried that the work will be too difficult, but I *am* worried about the idea of losing my house if I don't make any money. However, I'm still young (31) and I think this is the right time to take the risk...well, once my son gets into first grade and the cost of daycare isn't as astronomical as it's been for the last five years. ;\)

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#59863 - 05/02/05 09:37 PM Re: So... what do you do?
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Long story short, I've managed to double-book myself as a college sophomore (music performance major) and a freelance musician. It's a crazy life, but I'm passionate about my music, and there's nothing better than waking up in the morning thinking "hey, I get to go do my favorite thing in the entire universe today."

So yeah. Sometimes I wish I had a few more chances to breathe, and I've had a couple of dark moments in the past (who hasn't?) but on the whole, I wouldn't have it any other way.

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