Hello, my name is Genoveva Machado, but you can call me Geno. I have been with SARRC for the past seven years, where I have had the privilege of working with individuals of various age groups, from toddlers to adults. When I first joined SARRC, I was part of the Comprehensive Behavioral Program. However, as time passed, I had the chance to contribute to and support most of our programs at SARRC. Currently, I serve as a Clinical Consultant in our Family & Community Services team.
What drew you to SARRC? Why did you want to work here?
I have always had an interest in understanding human behavior and how it functions. As I delved into the field, I discovered the additional reward of learning about individuals on the autism spectrum and finding ways to provide support to them. During my first interview with a client, I experienced an immediate sense of belonging—it felt like home to me. Right then, I knew that SARRC was the perfect place for me to be.
Can you tell us a little about your job as a Clinical Consultant? What are some of your responsibilities?
In my daily work, I engage in empowering parents through specialized programs, equipping families with effective strategies to enhance appropriate language, play, and social skills in their children. The age range of the kids I work with spans from 15 months to 12 years old.
Recently, I’ve also been involved in supporting summer camps in the Valley. In this role, I provide consultation utilizing applied behavior analysis (ABA) strategies, all the while ensuring that the camp environment remains inclusive and supportive for all participants.
What is a skill you’ve gained or grown since working at SARRC?
During my seven years at SARRC, my interpersonal communication skills have grown significantly. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, my work involves collaborating with professionals from various fields, including speech therapists, teachers, and occupational therapists. Recently, I’ve encountered the opportunity to work with individuals who have no prior knowledge of the ABA field. In such cases, it’s essential to quickly gain their trust and cooperation.
This experience has taught me the importance of sharpening my communication skills to effectively provide support to those who may be unfamiliar with ABA techniques but are in need of our assistance.
What are the top three skills someone in your position should have/learn to be successful?
In this field, you need to have problem-solving skills, interpersonal communication and compassion. These qualities have been super beneficial in all my roles and have continued to improve the more I have grown in my career.
Is there an achievement or contribution you’re most proud of?
I would say getting my graduate degree and becoming a BCBA. In addition, I am the first in my family to receive a graduate degree, and the best part about it is SARRC helped me pay for the classes and all certifications that came with it.
Tell us about one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve encountered at SARRC.
Oh, this is a tough choice as I’ve had numerous memorable experiences throughout my career at SARRC. However, if I had to pick one, it would be working with my short-term service clients. Witnessing the significant progress many kids make in just five weeks with SARRC is truly remarkable, and it brings immense satisfaction at the end of each term. The gratitude expressed by parents for the strategies they’ve learned and continue to implement is heartwarming and reinforces the value of the work we do.
Best advice for someone who wants to have a job like yours?
Work with individuals throughout the lifespan. It has helped me become a better BCBA. Working with individuals throughout their lifespan has significantly contributed to my growth as a BCBA.
Why would you encourage someone to join the team at SARRC?
It’s truly a great, fun, and innovative organization to work for. Not only that, but you get to be part of a friendly and supportive team, making it an even more enriching experience. Knowing that your work can have a positive impact on someone else’s life makes our work even more meaningful and fulfilling.
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