Why working at Glenwood’s Children’s Center is so special

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1… 2… 3… GO! (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

As a premium provider of behavioral health care, Glenwood is dedicated to serving children, adolescents and adults with autism and other behavioral health needs. We sat down with one parent and a behavior analyst to learn how working in Glenwood’s Children’s Center directly impacts families. Keep reading to see what we learned.

Glenwood strives to ensure that learning is joyful

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Amber Dill, ABA therapist + Cohen have been working together for nearly one year. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Since 1974, Glenwood has provided comprehensive services for children as young as 18-months-old up to adults in their senior years, along with their families and caregivers. Glenwood’s treatments and services are creatively tailored to enhance each person’s opportunities for success.

The clinical director of Glenwood’s Children’s Center has a few thoughts on their approach.

“The mission of the Children’s Center is to improve the quality of life for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. We offer comprehensive applied behavior analytic services, with speech and occupational therapy integrated into daily programming.”

Dr. Robin Landa, Children’s Center Clinical Director, Glenwood

Meet Lindsey—who knows firsthand how significant Glenwood’s Children’s Center is

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That unbreakable mother/son bond. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Lindsey Bone has two children who have grown through the resources Glenwood offers. She explained how she tried many similar schools and programs but did not receive nearly as much support than she did at Glenwood.

Lindsey has especially seen this growth as her son Carter transitioned to kindergarten at a public school.

“If I hadn’t taken that leap of faith and Carter didn’t get the help he needed and received at Glenwood, he wouldn’t have succeeded as much as he did.”

Lindsey Bone, parent in Children’s Center, Glenwood

When Carter was diagnosed with autism, their family was told he would always need to have assistance. Now, Carter is reciting the periodic table of elements and earning awards as class mathematician and musician.

Similarly, Lindsey’s youngest son Cohen is consistently challenged through the techniques at Glenwood, and in return is showing them just how strong and smart he really is.

Learn more on the resources Glenwood uses to help young people grow.

The staff uses integrated daily programming + therapy to promote growth

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High fives all around. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Amber Dill joined Glenwood full-time as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and worked her way up to Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA) assistant. Since November 2021, she has worked with Cohen. When she reflects on the growth she’s seen him make, she can’t help the tears forming in her eyes.

Amber works closely with Cohen to practice imitating directions. We watched as they interacted on the playground to prove how tight their bond is.

“It melts my heart seeing Cohen master a skill we’ve been working on for so long. That’s my why.”

Amber Dill, Children’s Center ABA, Glenwood

Using one-on-one therapy focusing on speech and language, social skills or exposure and response prevention, the staff at Glenwood can agree on one thing: they are here to see these children succeed.

“Our teaching approach includes evidence-based practices that are designed to improve functioning across important life domains, such as communication, play, socialization, self-care and safety.”

Dr. Robin Landa, Children’s Center Clinical Director, Glenwood

There’s an open line of consistent communication between parents and staff

Lindsey expressed her gratitude towards Glenwood and the efforts they make in ensuring her children get the resources they need to learn and grow. These efforts from both parents and staff make sure each child is receiving the same care in both spaces.

“Care and compassion are at the heart of our approach. From onset of intervention, we partner with children and their caregivers to discover what matters most to them.

We use these discoveries to design personalized and engaging learning environments, establish readiness for instruction and identify target skills that will promote long-term independence, happiness and well-being.”

Dr. Robin Landa, Children’s Center Clinical Director, Glenwood

Do you have a desire to make a difference in children’s lives?

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More than a career. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

If you have the desire to dedicate your time to helping children with autism and other behavioral health needs, then Glenwood wants you. Plus, they’re offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus for incoming RBTs at the Children’s Center.

Interested but not an RBT yet? Join Glenwood in one of their other positions, complete the certification process to become an RBT and then join the Children’s Center team!

At Glenwood, you come to work each day knowing that you’re making a difference and helping others live life to their fullest potential.

“You have to have a heart to work with kids and want to make a difference in their lives.”

Amber Dill, Children’s Center ABA, Glenwood

Find out how you can get involved in this mission—see the career opportunities at Glenwood + other ways you can support the organization.

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