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DISC Traits and Collaboration – Assignment ThreeDana HahnNational University
DISC Traits and Collaboration Hahn 1In order to be successful in Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, one needs several qualities to make them a good clinician. The DISC assessment is a behavioral style model that determines which two of the four different personality traits one possesses. Using the DISC model can help provide a way for people to better understand themselves and change their behaviors to better interact with others. (Rohm) Groupingindividuals together based on their results can help facilitate teamwork and productivity by understanding the priorities and motivations of the group. Not only can using the DISC assessment help assign individuals different tasks or responsibilities in a group, but also help understand oneself. Taking the assessment allowed me to take a closer look into how I fit into the ABA field. My results from the DISC personality assessment initially surprised me, however, once I reviewed the details my results suit me quite well. My official style was Supportive and Cautious. The Supportive trait clams that I am kind, helpful, and sincere which came at no surprise to me at all. (Rohm) My othertrait, however, confused me. People who fall under the Cautious personality trait are known to be careful and reserved. They also place importance on rules, correctness, and facts. I expected to be placed in the Dominant category which focuses ondirectness, problem-solving, and results. Based on past personality assessments similar to the DISC model, I was considered dominant. After taking a closer look at my results, however, I learned that I scored equally in the Cautious and Dominant categories. These specific results made me realize how working in the field of ABA has made me more cautious over the years. I used to consider myself blunt, impatient, and direct. These traits, however, do not necessarily help in the field of ABA. Overtime I have become patient and hesitant to be direct due to the
DISC Traits and Collaboration Hahn 2clients I work with. I have also most likely become cautious due to the objective and fact driven nature of ABA. I believe that when working in the ABA and education field it is important for clinicians to have the Supportive trait due to the helpful nature of the fields. Individuals do not necessarily commit to ABA and education careers for money, but to help people. In order to create a team in these fields the majority of the group need to have the Supportive trait to be successful. That being said, it is also beneficial to have a mix of other traits to balance each out. The individual I chose to collaborate with is a former colleague, Joseph Dondero, who is also in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. His DISC results stated that he has both Supportiveand Dominant traits. The Dominant trait focuses on getting straight to the point, seeing results, and problem solving which helps balance out the Cautious trait. (Rohm) Whenwe were collaborating, we discussed the importance of both especially when it came to the science aspect of ABA. Although results are important when implementing programs, correctness and rules are also crucial. When it comes to working with children, particularly with special needs, coming up with a simple and fast solution does not help them. Joseph stated that time is of the essence with many of our clients since the most crucial age of children receiving services is between three and six. Although I agreed that making decisions in a timely manner is important, we are also directly affecting these children’s lives with our decisions. Therefore, making accurate choices based on facts and correctness is arguably more important than making a decision on how to help quickly.

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