Board Certified Behavior Analyst
A board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) has specific training in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and provides effective academic and behavioral support for students with special needs and behavioral challenges. ABA is a science that uses the principles of behavior to increase socially significant behavior and decrease problem behaviors that impede learning, social development, and independence.
A BCBA in a school setting does the following:
When warranted, conducts a functional behavior assessment (FBA) to determine the function of a student's maladaptive behavior(s). After the function is hypothesized, a behavior intervention plan (BIP) is written to be implemented by the student’s teacher, related service providers and paraprofessionals who work with the student.
Works with teachers, related service providers, and paraprofessionals to develop skill acquisition programming for academics, functional living skills, and increased social interaction.
Develop data collection systems to monitor the effectiveness of BIPs and skill acquisition programming through visual analysis of graphed data.
Consults with school staff to provide behavioral recommendations for classroom management and individual
Provides ongoing supervision to the district’s registered behavior technicians (RBT).
Conducts staff training on the principles of ABA and its application in the school setting.
CMCSSSD’S BACB CERTIFICATIONS
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst is a graduate-level position in which an individual is certified in applied behavior analysis. This certification is received through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).
A Registered Behavior Technician is a behavior analytic certification with a minimum of a high school level education. An RBT provides direct services to the client through the supervision of a BCBA.