In October 2023, we had the opportunity to sit down with an amazing proponent of the Motivity community, Supersonic ABA. This aspiring team uses play-based therapy to teach skills in an inclusive, modern, dynamic, FUN-ctional, and vibrant environment. Here's what they had to say about the ABA industry, their roles, and being a part of the Motivity community:
1. Can you share your journey in ABA therapy and what inspired you to pursue it?
Lily: I found ABA during my undergrad when I was searching for an internship in the field of psychology. I was inspired to pursue ABA further due to the need I saw for quality of care. When I first got into the field and became a behavior technician, I felt there was not adequate training or quality of care, which inspired me to become a BCBA myself.
Susan: Woo, it has been a LONG journey for me. I started off working at a small clinic for my mentor, who is a neuropsychologist, and that was how I met a family who needed a nanny for their 3 autistic children. I learned a lot from each of them and their unique personalities. I had no clue what ABA was at that time, but once I moved to Indianapolis, I randomly stumbled upon an ABA therapist job that I really enjoyed and felt like second nature to me. Fast forward, here we are!
2. What's been the most rewarding aspect of your role as a BCBA or clinical owner?
Lily: The most rewarding aspect is being able to see progress, big or small, and seeing the joy that brings to our client’s and their families.
Susan: I concur with Lily! For me, I think the most rewarding part of my role as a BCBA is being a supervisor. I love seeing people learn, grow, and reach their own personal and professional goals. As a clinical owner, I love being unapologetically myself and making meaningful connections with like-minded individuals.
3. Share one powerful ABA strategy or technique you find impactful for your clients.
Lily: I find visual supports to be very impactful and essential for clients. I even use them for myself!
Susan: I love lists and executive functioning skills, so task analyses/checklists are my besties. Breaking down a large task into baby steps makes it easier to teach and be successful. For myself, I love checking off items on my many to do lists!
4. Outside of work what's a hobby or interest you're passionate about and how do you balance it with your professional life?
Lily: I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. I feel I am able to balance this by planning out what I want to make throughout the week! I also love to do escape rooms and play games (specifically with Susan) and we always make time ☺
Susan: Aww! We do love our games and spending time with each other, but man are we obsessed with escape rooms! I guess I can say that I am passionate about creating fun, visually stimulating, and unique spaces, which includes my home and being a hype-woman for all of the amazing people in my life. I am lucky that I am able to incorporate those things into my professional life as well as personal! Whenever I find that formula for balance, I will let you know!
5. One thing you love about Motivity?
Lily: I love the simulation feature and how you are able to see what the person collecting data will see.
Susan: For the software, I love how user-friendly and customizable it is- makes it feel more personal! For Motivity, the brand, I love the people. Every person I have ever encountered with Motivity has been an awesome human. 🏽