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Since I announced that I was accepted into the Master’s in Applied Behavior Practice at Florida Institute of Technology, I have received several questions about what this field is, why I have chosen to study this field, and what I intend to do with my degree. After receiving several responses to whether I should write an article on this topic, I have decided I could explain what ABA is. I will try to address every aspect of this field, but if you have any other questions, please comment at the end of the article!
I chose this field because I have witnessed firsthand how beneficial this field can be with children (or even adults) like my brother. Even now, as he is an adult, we still utilize ABA to help him deal with being an adult. I believe this field is extremely beneficial. I also chose this field because I noticed there is a lack of resources for families like mine. After my brother graduated high school, we assumed there would be options for him regarding continuing education or day treatment centers. Sadly, there aren’t. Because my brother is on the lower end of the autism spectrum, he cannot continue his education nor participate in a work-study program. I hope with my combined degrees in Business and soon ABA, I can help give parents more options that we don’t have. I also think another option could be involved in counseling or assisting victims of human trafficking in learning how to get past their experience and begin healing. Who knows what God has planned for my life?
I hope this answers some of your questions! I am nervous and excited to begin classes at the end of the month. I do want to let you all know that because psychology is a difficult field, I won’t be able to write as often as before. I will need to focus on my schoolwork. I will try to write at least once a month, maybe twice, if possible. Thank you all for supporting me in my journey!