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Monday, May 24, 2010

CAREER AS AN ABA COUNSELLOR

ABA AS A CAREER


Children and young people with autism may have very specific and individual support needs. Decisions about the most appropriate type of provision will be based on the assessed needs of the children and their families.

A ‘good’ ABA provision, therefore, will be highly personalised and there will be planned emphasis on enabling children to generalise all learned skills into new situations and in providing parents (and all others working with the child) with the skills to respond to their child’s communication, social and behaviour needs across all environments.

Therefore, WHO can carry out an ABA Program?


ABA Therapist

ABA Therapists use the principles of applied behavior analysis in working with clients.
The role of an ABA Therapist in any ABA program is integral to the overall success of a child’s program. An ABA Therapists’ primary role is to teach PLAY, COMMUNICATION, SELF-HELP and ACADEMIC SKILLS to children with a Neurological Disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
 In broad terms, ABA Therapists use a reward system to teach and reinforce certain learned behaviors. The National Institute of Child and Human Development cites ABA therapy as a viable treatment for autism spectrum disorders, www.nichd.gov.
ABA Therapists may also work with developmentally disabled children and adults or in workplace settings focusing on employee performance.
An ABA Therapist works as part of a team, alongside the child’s family and other therapists, and is supervised and trained by an ABA Program Consultant who will provide training and guidance.


Professional certification and Continuing Education
 
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (www.bacb. com ) does offer three certification programs for ABA Therapists:



1)     Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) ,
Able to supervise and train ABA therapist or design ABA Program
-          BCBA certification will be the basis for the Doctoral-level credential that will be designated as BCBA-D. Individuals who wish to become BCBA-Ds must first become certified as BCBAs and then meet any additional requirements

2)     Board Certified Behavior Analyst,
Able to supervise and train ABA therapist or design ABA Program
-          requires a master's degree behavior analysis or a related area
-          225 hours of graduate level coursework in specific behavior analytic content areas
-          18 months of mentored experience or 9 months of supervised experience in designing and implementing applied behavior analysis interventions;
-          and a passing score on a standardized examination

3)     Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst
Deliver ABA Program Intervention and assist in designing ABA Program under direct supervision by BCBA
-          requires a bachelor's degree
-          135 hours classroom instruction in behavior analysis
-          12 months mentored experience or
-          6 months of supervised experience in implementing applied behavior analysis interventions,
-          and a passing score on a standardized examination.
"An ABA Therapist, BCABAs, or individuals with equivalent or less training and experience, are not qualified to independently design, direct, and guide behavior analytic programming for individuals with autism.
They may deliver behavior analytic intervention, and may assist with program design, but should be adequately supervised by BCBAs or the equivalent."

Required Skills for a Career as an ABA Therapist

ABA Therapists should be patient and dedicated to working with their clients, especially in settings where they work with children.

ABA Therapists must have outstanding communication skills, solid reporting skills and impartial assessment skills



A commitment to continued education and training is needed to become a successful ABA Therapist.


Career as an ABA Counsellor/ Therapist @ Learning Ladders Learning Centre

The job roles of an ABA Counsellor/Therapist  @ LL Learning Centre:


  • To provide regular one-on-one therapy sessions which include teaching new skills and managing challenging behaviors.   
  • To observe and record the child’s progress.


  • To communicate with the Program Supervisor/Consultant, parent and other members of the team.

  • To participate in clinical or team meetings.
     
  • To maintain and revise the child’s program.
 
Who can apply?

Local fresh graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Education or related fields.
  
What happens when I am accepted?
You will go into our 9-months Intensive ABA Training Program. This includes 150 hours of intensive classroom work and 640 hours of supervised ABA implementation work with the children.
Your designation will be ABA Counsellor
  
What happens after the 9-months ABA Training Program?
You will be required to continue working at the Centre until a completed period of 3 years.
Within this period you may choose to continue your education and obtain your professional certification starting from the BCaBA level. This coursework can be done via online and supervised by our current BCBA-D consultant.