Jaime White is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), director of the Augusta Clinic in Georgia and a native of the Augusta area. Jaime started working as a line therapist in 2004 and soon after began working for Early Autism Project. Her career path was largely shaped by an experience in middle school when she served as a peer buddy for a classmate with autism and bipolar disorders. Jaime continued working with her classmate in high school and then again as a senior in college. This interaction helped her realize her passion of helping people with autism. Learn more about Jaime in the Q and A below.
Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: There are a lot of things I really love about my job. Not many people can say they get to play for a living, though we do much more than play. Every day I know I am going to witness a miracle, whether that is something nonverbal like a child looking me in the eye, or a first communication like a child calling their mom “mom” for the first time.
Q: What is one tip you can pass along to parents?
A: Don’t be afraid to ask your child’s therapist questions. Often times when we are working with a child we might do something new to get a child to react. Usually we try to explain to parents what we are doing so they understand what to do at home themselves, but we can forget to do that sometimes. It is important for a parent to understand why certain approaches work better than others and why. So, be sure to ask us questions.
Q: What is your favorite client success story?
A: I don’t have one. All of my client stories are my favorite. Getting to witness the small miracles that we see every day is always rewarding and exciting. I’ve watched kids say their first words, attend prom, go on their first dates and walk across the stage at college graduation. You can’t just pick one favorite moment.