Meet Maggie Hammer, our multi-talented ABA Therapist! Maggie, a registered behavior technician (RBT), also facilitates our Parent Support Group. She is currently completing a license as a professional counselor. We are thrilled to have had her as a part of our team since September 2016.
Maggie’s interest in ABA began in Chicago, where she attended graduate school. Initially, she worked with adults, but she wanted more experience working with children, and when she heard about ABA, she was “hooked immediately.” Although challenging, she finds the work rewarding. “I love going to work every day because I know there will be challenges but there is always reward,” says Maggie. “There are always successes to be celebrated. ABA is wonderful because it provides solutions to any challenge.”
Another interesting fact about Maggie is that she loves to work with picky eaters! She attributes this to the first child she ever worked with, who initially was so picky that he wouldn’t eat much. Over two years, Maggie turned trying new foods into a game, and he began to try everything, even if he eventually decided he didn’t like it. Plus, Maggie says, she relates to being a picky eater: “I also have very picky eater tendencies and lots of weird texture issues so I feel like I understand where they’re coming from.” A little understanding can go a long way.
All in all, the best part of the job is when she makes a breakthrough during therapy with a child. “There is a moment when you gain a deeper understanding of their thought processes and the best way to approach therapy with them,” she says. “Those are the absolute best moments.”