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BCBA: Each client is paired with a lead clinician who is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). A BCBA is required to have his/her master’s degree with ABA related course work and have 1500 hours supervised by a BCBA before sitting for a rigorous certification exam. This lead clinician will develop treatment goals that are related to your child’s needs. We can also work on verbal behavior programs (see below). All of our staff are required to have a “passion for action.”
RBT: The person who implements the bulk of the hours is a registered behavior technician (RBT). This person will have their bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in addition to a 40-hour training by our clinical director. They will be working directly with your child while collecting data to meet their treatment goals. This person implements the behavior interventions under the supervision of a BCBA.
Pairing: In ABA, time is spent “pairing,” where we pair the teaching environments with reinforcement. Pairing is the first step towards gaining instructional control. It helps guarantee that the child runs to the therapist, not away. You may see a lot of playing and “freebies” which will help to gain compliance in the future.
Functional Behavior Assessment: This type or assessment, most commonly called a FBA, is a process by which the lead clinician identifies some target behaviors along with the family and determine what is the function of those behaviors. By doing so we are able to come up with a treatment plan and evidence based interventions for staff and parents.
Verbal Behavior: One of our most commonly used assessments is called the VB-MAPP. This protocol helps us identify holes in language and abilities. There are many components to language that we assess, including requests (mands), labeling (tacts), listener responding (following directions), intraverbals (answering questions/filling in the blanks), echoics (repeating what is said), etc.
Social Skills: The amount of time spent with peers will depend on your child’s ability and availability of peers. Some of the skills being assessed and taught include sharing, waiting, turn taking, imitation in a group, etc. Social skills get your child prepared for the classroom and ready to make friends. If you would like more social opportunities, please see Hybrid Group under Groups.
Ready- to-learn skills: Before getting to “table time,” children need some basic skills such as: accepting “no,” the ability to wait, being able to comply, responding to his/her name, sitting at the table, and giving up a reinforcer. Children naturally struggle with these skills, so don’t be surprised if your child does a lot of natural-environment training (NET) away from the table and out while they’re playing.
Attendance*: If you cannot make it to session please notify us ASAP. Your therapist will be coming to the center just for you, and their time, as well as yours, is valuable. So with respect, we ask for open communication regarding scheduling from you as we will strive for the same to you. If you do not call ahead, you will be considered “No call/no show” and you risk your child’s spot.
*PAAC is closed for select holidays. Please be sure to check with your therapist regarding these dates