I realised it is half way through the year already! In some ways, it has gone so quickly, in other ways, I can’t believe it is already July. I know I sound redundant saying that, and everyone always says that, but it really does feel strange!
I am up to my “mid year review” of how I am going with my goals, kind of like what I do with programs with clients! So, lets see how I am going…
1. Obtain my Behaviour qualification.
I have yet to make a move on my first goal Many different circumstances have prevented me from being able to start the next course for my coursework. I am hoping to be able to do this for the last quarter of 2016, if not, then 2017 will have to be the case!
2. Become a registered provider under NDIS services.
I am registered! Great Start Behaviour Services is registered to provide services in three domains: – Behaviour Support – Therapeutic Supports – Assist Integration to Educational Settings
3. Attend and participate in at least two ABA conferences.
I am halfway there! I attended ABAI in Chicago at the end of May, and learned a lot. I am attending the inaugural Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia Conference in Melbourne, in September. I also am tossing up whether or not to go to the NZABAConference in Auckland at the end of August. I think the presentations will be quite interesting, and it will be nice to see some organised, proactive ABA supporters, from within the Pacific.
4. Continue on with my supervision through my BCBA Supervisor.
Still continuing on! In fact, I had supervision this morning, and am currently at 51/75 hours!
5. Continue to read at least two journal articles a month, in the field of ABA, but not specifically Autism related.
I don’t have specific data on this, and I honestly don’t think I have done this. I definitely do not have the comments on Twitter to back up my reading of these! I will need to identify 2 articles for the month of July.
6. Continue to disseminate information about ABA, to non-behaviour people.
According to my goals, I have used the #EverydayABA hashtag on twitter at least 12 times, to share information about ABA.
I will most likely be unable to run separate workshops in 2016, providing information about ABA, but will definitely move that goal over to 2017! In fact, I applied for a grant to provide parent / carer workshops, on basic principles of ABA and understanding functions of behaviour, for South West Sydney.
7. Attend and participate in online ABA chats.
I haven’t done any of these! In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen any chats for awhile. I need to look into when the next one will happen on twitter, or if people want to have another one!
8. Volunteer my time to at least two different organisations (not necessarily ABA/behaviour).
I am still volunteering with A Global Voice for Autism, and I think that will have to be it this year. I would love to do the externship with the Association for Science Treatment in Autism, but I think I will need to wait until I’ve finished my BCBA!
9. Provide services to more clients in Sydney/Central Coast.
I have met this goal! I currently am providing services to 7 clients (8 by the end of next week!), and I started with 2 at the beginning of this year! (Granted one of them is not technically “brand new” – I have worked with the family previously, but still!)
10. Meet new behaviour analyst people!
I actually met a very lovely lady, who is very new to ABA, and is also a Mum, who is very enthusiastic, just this week! It’s always great to meet like-minded, ABA supporters!
Not too bad. I’m tracking through a few goals, and even have 2 goals met! And it’s only halfway through the year – seems like there is still plenty of time! Although I’m sure I won’t be saying that, come October!