Dena Assad

Behavioral Tech

Dena Assad

Behavioral Tech

What would you do even if you didnʼt get paid to do?

Even if I didn’t get paid, I would try to be involved in organizations and events for children with disabilities. It is important to raise awareness and provide support to those that struggle with these disabilities. It’s humbling to be part of something so special, which is something you cannot put a price on.

What are you surprisingly good at?

I have learned so much while working at Galvin Therapy Center. I know I can handle challenges with the amount of patience and determination I have in order to be successful. I find myself able to problem-solve quickly and plan effective therapy sessions for each child that meets their goals and needs.

Whatʼs the biggest proof that youʼre good at what you do?

I know that this is effective when families reach out to me about how much their child has improved and how happy they are with the services provided at Galvin. Watching each child progress over time is extremely rewarding.  

How long have you been working in your field?

I have been working as a behavioral technician since January 2018.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?

I am most passionate about helping children grow and overcome their challenges.  The fulfillment of watching each child excel at their achievements is overwhelmingly rewarding. I am incredibly thankful for the ability to work in a field that makes a difference in the everyday lives of children with autism.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

 

I am most complimented on my ability to bond with each child and keep them engaged in their work for long periods of time.  It takes an immense amount of patience and the love of working with children to be successful in this career.

Whatʼs your biggest accomplishment professionally?

My biggest accomplishment would be that I am currently a full-time student at Cleveland State University, working on earning my Masters in occupational therapy.

How does your education connect to your professional career? What about personally?

I love working at Galvin Therapy Practice while completing my Master of Occupational Therapy program at Cleveland State University because it allows me to take everything I learn to be the best behavior technician I can be. It is very important to me that I do my best to meet the needs of my clients. I am thankful for all the opportunities I am given to continue my education and be able to work with children. Being a full-time student and working at Galvin Therapy Center speak to my work ethic and dedication to tasks and responsibilities in choosing to help children as best as I can in my professional career.

What problems do you consistently solve for your clients

I have been able to experience many different types of behavior throughout my career. Every child is different and it is important to acknowledge that there are multiple ways to solve problems and help guide them. I strive to handle challenging behaviors in a professional and comforting matter. I try my best to focus on how to help each child improve their specific goals in a fun and creative way. I think creativity is important because it allows each child to remain intrigued and excited while completing their tasks.