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A Day in the Life: Sean Harris, Lead Behavior Therapist

My name is Sean Harris and I work as a Lead Behavior Therapist in the Comprehensive Behavioral Program. I have my master’s in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from the University of Western Florida, which is a benefit SARRC provided me! I first started volunteering at SARRC in the summer of 2014 and applied for a full-time position out of college in 2015. I have been working in the field of ABA for about 10 years and while I’ve not always been with SARRC, I am very grateful for every day spent here.

What drew you to SARRC?

What drew me to SARRC was the quality of care provided by the staff. From the start, everyone worked hard to ensure success not only for the learners but for the team as well. Having never encountered ABA before, I was amazed by its positive impact and felt compelled to learn more and become part of a culture that fosters growth.

Can you tell us a little about your job as a Lead Behavior Therapist in the Comprehensive Behavioral Program? What are some of your responsibilities?

As a Lead Behavior Therapist, I work directly with clients up to age 13 in various settings (schools, community outings, home sessions, summer camps, etc.). I also actively develop my skills to provide suggestions for treatment goals, analyze data trends, and write programs.

What is a skill you’ve gained or grown since working at SARRC?

Working at SARRC has allowed me to grow my patience and empathy. I believe in meeting our clients where they are and encouraging, not forcing, growth. Challenging days are inevitable, but instead of discouragement, I see them as opportunities to show care by monitoring progress and adjusting treatment to their needs.

What are the top three skills someone in your position should have/learn to be successful?

Patience: Sometimes progress can be slow in our field, especially in unpredictable environments like school. That’s okay! With experience, I’ve learned to view every challenge as a chance to try new things, practice patience, and communicate with the team about what works and what needs improvement.

Humility: Despite a decade in this field, working across lifespans and settings, I learn new things daily. The saying goes: ” If you’ve met one individual with autism, you’ve met one individual with autism.” It means every individual is unique, and no single treatment plan fits all. By actively seeking solutions from various sources, regardless of someone’s experience level, I embrace the power of humility.

Empathy: Be fully present for our clients, their families, and the stakeholders you support. Actively listen to them and meet the clients where they are at. Tougher sessions are normal. Approach challenges with grace, humility and patience. This might be exactly what your client needs most – someone who truly listens and is there for them.

Is there an achievement or contribution you’re most proud of?

Meeting with my clients and their families I worked with years ago, and getting to hear that I made a positive impact in their lives is special to me!

What is the biggest thing you have learned in your position at SARRC?

Patience. I thought I was patient, but SARRC has taken that skill to a whole new level. I have to be patient with my clients and their progress, remembering that it’s their journey, and I’m here to support them.

Best advice for someone who wants to have a job like yours?

View every challenge as a learning opportunity. Be humble and seek help from your supervisors when you need it to help you learn and grow in your role.  Always prioritize the person you are providing treatment for, advocate for them, and make sure their voice is heard and respected.


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