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Episode #153: Compassionate Care: A Discussion with Dr. Bridget Taylor
“Fell in love with teaching; fell in love with watching him learn.” That’s a quote from my guest, Dr. Bridget Taylor. She has a long list of accomplishments, among them being a BCBA and Licensed Psychologist. She shares about her journey into the field and something she has noticed changed since conference early in her career in the 90s.
At the time, the ABA profession was still growing, and conferences she spoke at were attended more by parents, with this momentum driven by families who wanted information to help their children. Now, parents are still an equal part of the process as ever, but those seats are filled by professionals who need to then transfer information, support, and training over to these families.
We discuss some of the work she has done in this area, including parent training and particularly compassionate care and relationship building. She points out a familiar phrase: ‘People don’t care how much you know unless you show how much you care’. This really speaks to the way relationships with families create buy-in, collaboration, and ultimately more positive outcomes for the client.
Dr. Taylor describes compassion as empathy in action. She explains that it requires endurance through uncomfortable feelings and an emphasis on listening during those times so that you can understand and support families. As we close, she shares her recommendations on how clinicians can better help parents by attending training, reading articles, seeking mentorship, and truly practicing listening as a skill.
Dr. Bridget Taylor is co-founder and CEO of Alpine Learning Group and Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink Behavioral Health. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Taylor is past president of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and former Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She currently serves on the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (SEAB) board. Active in the Autism research community, Dr. Taylor has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters on innovative practices to improve the lives of individuals with autism. Her most recent work explores compassionate relationship-building with families in providing clinical services to individuals with autism. Dr. Taylor has been recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions and received ABAI’s Fellow designation.
- How providers can support families and parents.
- Are parents of autistic children at risk of increased stress?
- What is the Mindful Routines Project?
- What is the difference between Natural Environment Training and NDBI?
Mentioned In This Episode
- Building and Sustaining Compassionate Relationships with Caregivers | ABA Technologies
- Membership – ABA Speech
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