Today we introduce you to Mr. Juan! Juan Gordillo is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).
Tell us about your family.
I am the oldest of three boys in my family so you know my parents must have had a grand time raising us rowdy boys. My parents immigrated from Mexico and I was born in Los Angeles, California but have spent most of my life in Huntsville, Alabama. We currently have two Pitbull dogs, DJ and Charlie, which we love tremendously!
Do you have any hobbies or interests?
In my free time, I enjoy all things sports-related and working out at the gym.
Favorite Birmingham restaurant?
GianMarco’s Restaurant hands down!
Where did/do you go to school?
I recently graduated from UAB in Spring of 2021, as Neuroscience major and I plan to attend medical school next year.
What made you want to be an RBT?
In searching for a gap year opportunity, I was looking for a place where I could continue to learn and improve my ability to build meaningful, long-term relationships with the people I would have the chance to serve. Coincidentally, my younger cousin was diagnosed with Autism around the same time which exposed me to a side of medicine I had previously not been aware of. Thankfully, my love for the field continues to grow as I spend more time at SBH and it has also reaffirmed my desire to keep pursuing a career in medicine.
What’s your favorite aspect of being a RBT?
There are so many to choose from! My favorite aspect of being an RBT is the chance to interact with the children every day and to see each day as a new opportunity to grow together and focus on continuing the progress that is achieved by the collaborative effort from SBH and their families.
What are your favorite resources for learning more about behavior analysis and/or Autism?
Autismspeaks.org is an amazing educator tool that I think everyone should be acquainted with because of its comprehensiveness and simplicity in explaining complex concepts. Personally, I am more research oriented so I also love reading new NIH papers to see what is going on in the field and these can be found on PubMed.gov which is another great free tool!
What’s the one thing you wish parents knew about behavior analysis?
Trust the process! Like anything else in life, it is important to remember the big picture. Sure, there are ups and downs, but in the end, it is necessary to have the downs in life so you can learn to appreciate the ups. If I have learned anything about medicine in my experience, it is to fall in love with the journey. Looking back one day in the future, you will cherish many moments in this journey that might seem tough right now, but in the end served to bring you and your child closer together in overcoming those obstacles. Remember, God only gives his hardest battles to the people he knows can handle them!