Rebecca Brooks is the newest face at Siskin Children’s Institute. “I’ve been a practicing behavior analyst for four years, and I’m so excited to be welcomed to the Applied Behavior Analysis department at Siskin,” Brooks says. “When families are referred to me for applied behavior analysis, my job is to assess why challenging behaviors are happening and determine what skill deficits the child has that we can then work on improving.” She wants her patients to know that applied behavior analysis is an intensive therapy with treatment plans varying from 10 to 25 hours per week, or more depending on each child’s specific needs. “For every child,” Brooks says, “the goal is that families can carry out these plans at home without the presence of a therapist.” Brooks believes that there is a lot to love about her profession, and she looks forward to the challenge that each day brings.
“I take the time to make sure each client is heard, and I have a genuine respect for each person’s circumstances.”
1. What do you love most about your profession?
Being able to improve quality of life for children and their families is probably at the top of my list. I am also a child at heart, so I love seeing their faces light up when I can share in their excitement about a Disney character or popular video game.
2. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
Any time a child learns a new skill is a reason to celebrate! Whether it’s potty training, communicating, or even small changes in social skills, it makes my day to be part of that growth.
3. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care for your patients?
No two people are exactly alike. Each person has their own values and motivations. Two behaviors that might look exactly alike can happen for completely different reasons and need to be responded to differently.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
I’m always learning, always asking questions – whether it’s learning about new research in the field of human behavior or learning something new about my clients.
5. Do you believe in miracles?
I believe that God makes things happen for a reason and that events in my life have led me to end up in this field where I am using my strengths to the best of my ability.
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