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Behind the BCBA: Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller, Surpass Clinic Director, at Disney World

In the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) field, there are many dedicated professionals who devote their careers to making a positive impact on the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Sarah, who has been with Surpass Behavioral Health for an impressive 10 years, exemplifies this commitment and passion. Starting her career as a Line Therapist, before the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification was introduced and working her way up to become a Clinic Director, Sarah’s journey exemplifies her unwavering dedication to improving the quality of life for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We recently connected with Sarah to learn how she discovered the field of ABA, her favorite part being a Clinic Director, and what ABA means to her. 

An Unexpected Path to Becoming a BCBA

Sarah’s path to pursuing a career in ABA therapy was not a planned one but rather fortuitous. She stumbled upon the field of ABA in college while studying recreational therapy and was instantly intrigued. While working part time as an RBT in college, she was impressed by the profound impact ABA could have on children with autism. She realized her heart was in ABA and pursued a master’s degree in ABA to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). This notable credential gave her the opportunity to take on more responsibilities and further her impact on her clients’ lives. This decision marked the beginning of a fulfilling and transformative career for Sarah. 

Facilitating Growth and Empowering Others

As a Clinic Director at Surpass Behavioral Health, Sarah plays an instrumental role in shaping the lives of both her clients and staff members. Her favorite part of the job is facilitating progress and witnessing growth in her clients. Through the implementation of evidence-based ABA interventions, Sarah empowers individuals with autism to overcome challenges, acquire essential life skills, and enhance their overall quality of life. However, Sarah’s dedication extends beyond her clients; she also finds immense fulfillment in supporting and nurturing the growth of her team. By fostering a collaborative and supportive work environment, she encourages her team members to thrive and reach their full potential. Sarah’s commitment to continuous improvement is evident in her dedication to providing collaboration opportunities and training to help ensure her staff are well equipped for any situation. 

The Essence of ABA Therapy

When asked to describe ABA therapy in three words, Sarah chose “play, science, and growth.” These words encapsulate the core of ABA and the essence of her work. ABA therapy utilizes natural environment teaching to engage individuals and create meaningful interactions, all while relying on scientific and evidence-based principles to drive positive behavior change. Through this combination of play and science, there is an abundance of potential for a child’s growth and progress. 

Inspiring the Future of the ABA Field

Sarah’s journey in ABA therapy serves as an inspiration to all those seeking a career as an RBT, BCBA, or Clinic Director. Sarah sets an admirable example by exhibiting compassion, dedication, and a genuine desire to make a difference. Her growth from an RBT to a BCBA and now as a Clinic Director demonstrates the benefits that come with commitment and a passion for investing in the growth of others. Through her work, Sarah continues to touch the lives of countless individuals and their families, making a profound impact on their journey toward a better quality of life. 

*Consent was obtained from the participants in this article. This information should not be captured and reused without permission from Surpass Behavioral Health.

Work that makes a difference. At Surpass Behavioral Health, a leading provider in home, clinic, and school-based ABA therapy services, employees have a special passion for working with children who have an autism spectrum diagnosis (ASD). Our therapists and behavior analysts work in an environment where ABA is practiced and valued.

Learn more or explore open positions to be a part of our mission to serve and care for those with an autism spectrum diagnosis.

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