Jenna Sage

Name: Jenna Sage
Role / Credential:PhD, BCBA
Special Learning’s Designation: Subject Matter Expert
Company Name: Ultimate Medical Academy
Company URL: https://www.ultimatemedical.edu/
Ability to Contribute: Dr. Jenna Sage has worked in multiple capacities in the field of education for nearly 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education focusing on systems change processes and supporting students with emotional behavioral disorders. Her primary work in the school system was Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Functional Behavior 

Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning, Manifestation Determination, and Restorative Practices.  She held positions from paraprofessional, to classroom teacher, behavior specialist and resolution specialist.

Bio: In her current professional role, she is Dean of Career Readiness and Workforce Solutions for a national nonprofit healthcare educational institution. In that position she supports the cross-departmental development of workforce and career engagement content, cultural and mental health initiatives, and authoring thought leadership communications. 

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Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

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