The number of minority women that work in school settings increases as time goes on, but we still see low numbers in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Due to this low number, we have to keep the minority women that are in ABA motivated and strong. We can’t afford to lose any in the field because representation matters. We may be called to inspire young minority boys and girls to diversify their dreams.
There can be cultural barriers in ABA because behavior can be affected by culture. The perspective in which behavior analysis is applied should depend on one’s culture. Increasing the women of color working in ABA ensures that parents get a variety of options when choosing the best care for their child. It ensures that every kid can be represented and understood. Culture doesn’t always mean race though. For example, I would not analyze an American the same way I would analyze someone from a developing country. For this reason, the field of ABA is more effective when professionals in the space are diverse.
In ABA, we use reinforcements, specifically positive reinforcements. One positive reinforcement is affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that can reverse or change any self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. The idea is to repeat them often, and eventually you will start to believe in them so you can start making positive changes. We won’t be able to keep going while being negative!
Here are some positive affirmations:
I have a purpose and a calling to make a difference in the world. Oftentimes we forget why we’re doing what we are doing. Remembering our purpose helps.
No matter how hard it is, I can do it. Don’t ignore the hard times, acknowledge them, they WILL come and attitude is important.
It is okay if I make mistakes. Be kind to yourself and give yourself permission to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.
I have everything that I need to succeed. Don’t dwell on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have. The resources you have are enough to succeed.
I am supported and I will support others. Community is so important. We are strong in numbers. That is why one of our values is community. We work to build a community of children's authors and ABA professionals so we can accomplish our goals together.
One of the most popular ways we are seen these days is social media. It is difficult to operate a business or freelance successfully without social media. We use social media to be an active representation for black and brown individuals in ABA. We have highlighted topics like Black American Sign Language and ethnic children’s authors. It is a great space to use your experiences and expertise to let minority parents of special needs children know that they are not alone. It is also a great space to network with those in the field. We feature stories by other authors and do Instagram Live’s with those that need to market their work. We have to help each other out, there is room for everyone to succeed.
We love meeting people in the ABA and children’s literature industry. If you or someone you know is interested in being one of our community readers use this link: https://calendly.com/thenehaviorbubbleaba-/community-reader-screening?month=2021-03
If you or someone you know is interested in having their story featured on our social media email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Until next time!