Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Graduation Date: Dec. 2012
Frisco Area Listening and Learning Center
"Take any opportunity you can to expand your knowledge, especially if it seems out of your area. I've never known what I want to do so I've taken every opportunity for new experiences. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but even then, as long as I learn something from it, it isn’t wasted. A misadventure is still adventure."
Ryan McBride spent a summer semester interning at the Frisco Area Listening and Learning Center where he had the opportunity to work with children one-on-one and in small groups. He applied principles of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy with the children to help them manage their actions and comprehend various concepts.
By alternating his schedule between school days and work days, Ryan was able to manage his time well throughout the internship. “I am proud of my increase in instructional control and my patience in handling difficult behavior,” he points out. He found it particularly rewarding when he could see that his therapy with the kids had made an impact.
Through the internship Ryan gained a better grasp of the reality of this work environment. “I’ve learned the basics of ABA in a real-world setting. I’ve learned that sometimes, kids will be kids and there’s nothing you can do about that. And I’ve learned that the closer [you] get to something, the better you can differentiate and understand it.”View additional intern spotlights