This month, we’re turning the spotlight on Adrianna Durrell, a Registered Behavior Technician at Therapeutic Pathways. Adrianna graduated from California State University, Chico in 2019, where she earned a B.S. in Psychology with a focus on Developmental and Child Psychology.
Adrianna joined the Therapeutic Pathways team a little under two years ago. As a Registered Behavior Technician, Adrianna provides direct client care in one-on-one or group settings at the center or the client’s home. She utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and is dedicated to supporting every child in her care.
Clients know Adrianna as an enthusiastic helper, and coworkers applaud her for her patience with every client, no matter the circumstances.
We were able to ask Adrianna some questions regarding her role and some of her favorite parts of working at Therapeutic Pathways.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
I’m motivated to go to work by seeing the impact we make in families’ lives. I love teaching children new skills and watching them maintain and further develop skills they have already learned.
What is something you learned in the last week?
Something I learned in the last week is how even the smallest interaction can impact a child. After working with a child who I hadn’t worked with in a while, it was clear that they remembered working with me in the past, and I realized how great of an impact we make in children’s lives even when we don’t realize it.
How do you define success?
Success is different for every person. It is something that is continuous with no clear end point. A person can continue to succeed the more they learn and the more experience they have in doing something.
How has your career grown since starting at Therapeutic Pathways?
Prior to being hired at Therapeutic Pathways, my experience was primarily working in classrooms with large groups of children. Working as an RBT has taught me how to effectively support children’s communication, cognitive, receptive, and expressive language, self-help, and social skills and the importance of focusing on the individual characteristics of each child for his or her success.
Everything I’ve learned as an RBT will be beneficial in any career that works mainly with children.
What is your favorite thing about working at Therapeutic Pathways?
My favorite thing about Therapeutic Pathways is the supportive atmosphere. Whenever support is needed there is always someone, whether it be another RBT, a clinical staff member, or an SDA member, ready and eager to help.
Thank You, Adrianna
Adrianna, we appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions! Registered Behavior Technicians like you are the reason children with autism now have more opportunities and freedoms than ever before.
Stay tuned for next month’s Employee Spotlight!