What is Applied Behavior Analysis ( ABA)?
Behavior Analysis is the scientific study of principles of learning and behavior. Two primary areas of study include:
Experimental Analysis of Behavior:
The basic science of the discipline and has, over many decades, accumulated a substantial and well-respected body of research literature on how behavior is learned and changes over time. The experimental analysis of behavior is the scientific foundation of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA):
A systematic approach for influencing socially important behavior through the identification of reliably related environmental variables and the production of behavior change techniques that make use of those findings. Practitioners of behavior analysis provide services consistent with the dimensions of ABA.
Common services may include, but are not limited to:
- Conducting behavioral assessments
- Analyzing data
- Writing and revising behavior-analytic treatment plans
- Training others to implement components of treatment plans
- Overseeing the implementation of treatment plans
Behavior analysts provide services to clients with a variety of needs including, but not limited to:
- Organizational Functioning (e.g., staff performance, management and pay structure interventions)
- Skill Deficits (e.g., communication, adaptive behavior)
- Problem Behavior (e.g., aggression, self-injurious behavior)
- The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®)
What is a BCBA?
Board Certified Behavior Analyst®(BCBA®):
The Board Certified Behavior Analyst is an independent practitioner who also
may work as an employee or independent contractor for an organization.
The BCBA conducts descriptive and systematic (e.g., analogue) behavioral
assessments, including functional analyses, and provides behavior analytic
interpretations of the results. The BCBA designs and supervises behavior
analytic interventions. The BCBA is able to effectively develop and implement
appropriate assessment and intervention methods for use in unfamiliar
situations and for a range of cases. The BCBA seeks the consultation of more
experienced practitioners when necessary. The BCBA teaches others to carry
out ethical and effective behavior analytic interventions based on
published research and designs and delivers instruction in behavior analysis.
BCBAs supervise the work of Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts
and others who implement behavior analytic interventions.
What is an RBT?
Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBT®):
The Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBT®) is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA. The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of behavior-analytic services. The RBT does not design intervention or assessment plans. It is the responsibility of the RBT supervisor to determine which tasks an RBT may perform as a function of his or her training, experience, and competence. The BACB certificant supervising the RBT is responsible for the work performed by the RBT on the cases they are overseeing.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client/ guardian and a therapist.
No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client/ guardian.
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