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Mon, May. 25th, 2009, 05:16 pm
faerykat: ABA teacher looking for new direction

Hi all,

I've been a long-time lurker here and I generally read and respond to entries without posting my own, but I thought maybe the wonderful people here could help me. I'm currently a teacher in an ABA school but I'm looking to change paths a bit, having concluded that managing a classroom and working 1:1 with students at the same time isn't really something I'm enjoying. I'm looking for some new options now. Some things I'm considering are early intervention, home-based programming, and clinical settings. I'm also looking for positions that might include advocacy for the ASD population, writing, or training of staff. My difficulty is that I've always been focused on the classroom teaching environment and so I don't really know what other options there are. For the sake of specificity, here's a little bit about me and my experience (without just parroting my resume!):

-I'm 25 years old and live in New York City
-I've been involved in the field for about 5 years now
-I have a Master's Degree in ABA and teaching certification
-I've worked with kids on the spectrum ages 3-13
-I'm very interested in getting involved in EI or preschool
-I'm also interested in doing some work with adults
-I've done research in the past, as part of my graduate work

Can anyone make any suggestions to me about arenas I might want to explore? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


(x-posted to autism, teaching_autism, and teaching_sp_ed)

Mon, May. 25th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)

I'm assuming you've done the obvious and contacted the local chapter of the ASA and looked over job possibilities in local preschools, agencies, and therapy centers...??

Are you on LinkedIn? That resource is specifically geared to professionals who may (if they aren't now) be looking for networking and employment opportunities.

You might benefit from taking the time to decide, from the list of possibilities you mentioned (all of which could indeed provide employment) the ones that most excite you. Do you want to spend most days doing the same thing (be it staff training or working directly one-on-one with a preschooler or whatever) or do you want a varied schedule, where you work with parents *and* staff *and* children? Do you want to work within someone else's framework (for instance, in a therapy center) or make up your own? That will help refine your search. Interview people in NYC already working in the areas you're considering, to find out what their hours are, what their responsibilities are, and what their salaries are.

Good luck!

Tue, May. 26th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)

Hey i'm also from NYC. There is the Association for Metroarea Autistic children on 25W 17th St. http://www.amac.org/ Its a school, but i think they might be able to point you in the right direction. On June 12th there is the Autism Walk in south street seaport. They will probably have many vendors which serve the autistic community, where you will be able to see more possibilities and options. You said you are looking for clinical settings? Like research? If you type in autism and names of hospitals in nyc you'll find labs which you might be interested in.

Wed, May. 27th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
grrr78italiana: Specific suggestion

Carbone Clinic?