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The People of ABA

If you’re new to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), you’ve probably run into a lot of different acronyms and titles that you’re working on getting used to! Here are some of the titles you’ll work through when interacting with an ABA provider like Prism Early Advancement Center

BCBA: Board Certified Behavior Analyst. This is essentially your team leader. They’ll be performing assessments with your child, creating goals and deciding on what skills to teach, communicating with you on progress and changes to the programming, training you on implementing their program, training the RBTs (see below!) on how to implement the program, and will be your main point of contact for any questions regarding behaviors and skills in the treatment plan. 

BCaBA: Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. Some organizations hire a BCaBA to assist the BCBA with their caseload. Their duties are largely the same, and could include some additional scheduled direct work with clients. They perform the same core duties as a BCBA, but have oversight and supervision from the BCBA to ensure high level programming and modifications. 

RBT: Registered Behavior Technician. These are the people you’ll see the most! They work directly with clients to implement the programming and behavior treatment plans created by BCBAs and BCABAs. You’ll see them for regular daily updates, but they’ll refer you to the BCBA or BCaBA for any higher level behavior advice or discussions. This role is also referred to as a behavior technician (BT), or behavior therapist (BT). 

BACB: Behavior Analyst Certification Board. This is the governing body of all the certified positions in ABA. This is the governing body that certifies RBTs, BCBAs, and BCaBAs. In states without a licensure procedure such as Florida, they’re the major governing body for the field of Behavior Analysis.

To learn more about ABA therapy and the job duties of each position, please visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s website: https://www.bacb.com/

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