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  1. birdy-bear

    St. Louis, MO

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  2. I agree with @t_ruth and @ZeChocMoose: finding academics whose research you're interested in and working backwards to the universities is a good way to get started! You might try reading abstracts in the Journal of Early Intervention, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, and Early Childhood Education Journal. If you find something you like and want to read more, researchers will sometimes make their articles available on ResearchGate or provide full copies upon request. If you're interested in a SPED focus, you might try looking at publications coming out of Vanderbilt, Kansas, UT Aust
  3. I am a BCBA who will be attending Vanderbilt's SPED/ABA doctoral program in the Fall! There are a few ABA applicants, mostly floating around the Psychology and Education sub-forums, but it seems we are few and far between.
  4. P.S. If you feel comfortable doing so, please talk to your supervising BCBA about your history of domestic abuse and getting reassigned to younger, smaller clients that don't make you feel scared on a regular basis! I've only had one bigger client with severe/dangerous challenging behavior at my current agency, but I checked in frequently with his technicians to make sure they felt comfortable and safe; they were well aware that they could remove themselves from his case at any time. No compassionate BCBA would require you to stay with clients that make you feel unsafe, especially considering
  5. @Lindsc237 already hit all the major points out of the park, so I second everything they said and only have a few points to add. As mentioned above, ABA is a science, and your ABA agency has trained you in one application. It sounds like you might be more interested in more naturalistic ABA applications--check out Early Start Denver Model, Pivotal Response Training (similar to: Natural Environment Teaching, Enhanced Milieu Teaching), and Positive Behavior Supports. I think you'll find these applications to be more naturalistic and person-centered and less robotic than the application you descr
  6. I think the other key piece you're missing here is that you can turn down any program, including an Ivy league program, but if you applied to this program believing it was a great fit, you owe it to yourself to make sure that your conjectures about the program are actually true. It seems like you have a lot of preconceived notions about what an Ivy league school is like, but not enough interaction with the actual people and program to base them on. As someone mentioned above, even within a single school, the culture can vary widely from program to program. Visit the program, try to check your
  7. My understanding is that in order to receive accommodations, you will disclose your diagnosis to the disability office, but the disability office will ONLY disclose your accommodations (not your diagnosis) to the faculty members in your program. I don't know if this is a legal requirement or if it's true for every school, so I would check with your school's disability office. If this is true for your program, at least you can consider your legal rights separately from the social piece. As for the social piece, this is deeply personal decision that would and should vary from person to per
  8. I credit the Hello PhD podcast, along with the Grad Cafe Forums, for helping maintain my sanity during the application and waiting process. The hosts discuss bi-weekly topics from the perspective of scientists, but the discussions transcend any particular field and are useful (I think) for anyone currently in or considering a grad program. This week's topic--choosing the right grad program--seemed especially apropos: http://hellophd.com/2018/02/087-how-do-i-choose-a-phd-program/ What other podcasts--related to your particular field, being a grad student, or otherwise--have you been u
  9. The Hello PhD podcast had two back-to-back episodes on Imposter Syndrome! I highly recommend this podcast, even if you're not in the hard sciences--I credit Hello PhD and the Grad Cafe Forums for being my two sources of sanity through the application and waiting process. http://hellophd.com/2017/04/070-imposter-syndrome/ http://hellophd.com/2017/04/071-practical-advice-overcoming-imposter-syndrome-dr-maureen-gannon/
  10. The first time I was bit really hard by a client as a Masters student (I work with kids with autism, so I've been bit many, many times since!), I made it through one professor's class on the brink of tears without breaking down, and then totally lost it once I made it to my advisor's class. My advisor saw my breakdown, but she never addressed it, and I thought at the time that it had negatively impacted our professional relationship. I just received word last week that I've been admitted into her lab as a PhD student, which I'm sure she wouldn't have advocated for if she thought I were somehow
  11. This is incredible--thank you so much for taking the time to make this and share it with us. Would you be willing to do one for Education or Special Education? Best of luck with your application process--hope you'll be hearing some good news soon!
  12. I think that a position as a Behavior Technician or Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) could be a great fit. I'm a BCBA who provides co-treatment with an SLP in an ABA agency, and we take on as many qualified SLP students as we can hire--we think training future SLPs in the fundamentals of ABA benefits both our fields and the kiddos we serve! To get credentialed as an RBT, you'll (a) complete a 40-hour training (typically paid for after you're hired, typically completed on-line), (b) take a competency assessment with your BCBA supervisor, and (c) take an exam that your training should adequa
  13. Thank you!! I'm over the moon. Have you received news from any of the programs you applied to? Congratulations!! Do you think you'll attend, or are you still waiting to hear back from other programs?
  14. @singapore_sling, I received an acceptance letter (via e-mail) for the SPED Ph.D. program on Monday, and it looks like another person received an acceptance letter for the CRA program on Monday. I received an invitation for the recruitment weekend (also via e-mail) a few hours before the official letter came through.
  15. Hi @ARemi4! I've worked the past couple years as a BCBA in a clinic setting, and I'm about to start a PhD in Special Education under a BCBA-D. I can offer you my perspective, but I think the answers to your questions will depend on what you're looking for in a program and what you want to do after you graduate. Take my advice with that large grain of salt! 1. Your intended profession: If you intend to stay in academia as a researcher, doctoral student, or professor, I'd recommend choosing a strong program in your intended field, one that would provide you with research experience and that
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