When your child first starts to receive ABA therapy, you may be surprised by how many people are involved in your child’s treatment. This model, called “tiered delivery,” helps to ensure that your child’s treatment plan is developed and implemented in the most efficient, effective way possible.
Here’s a look at the different service providers who may be involved:
ABA Therapy Behavioral Technicians
This person does the lion’s share of the work with your child, under the direct supervision of the BCBA. There may be multiple behavioral technicians involved in your child’s care. These individuals are responsible for implementing all treatment programs with your child, including one-on-one instruction and group sessions. They also collect clinical data so that the BCBA and clinical directors can track your child’s progress.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
This person’s overall responsibility is to ensure that your child’s treatment is appropriate and effective. The BCBA will oversee all aspects of your child’s ABA therapy program; the BCBA will conduct your child’s assessment, develop treatment goals and protocols, directly supervise treatment, analyze treatment data and evaluate your child’s progress toward treatment goals. The BCBA will work directly with your child to test out new programs, model teaching strategies or implement current programs.
Although the role of clinical director may vary by clinic, in general, this person oversees the operations of the entire clinic on a high level. Typically, this means the clinical director is not involved in your child’s day-to-day treatment but is directly monitoring your child’s overall progress.
A major responsibility of the director is to stay on top of the scientific research in autism to ensure the clinic is implementing the latest treatment approaches.
Additionally, the director supervises the BCBAs to ensure their skill sets are growing and to ensure that your child’s treatment program matches your child’s needs.
The director is also typically available to provide general clinic support. For example, should a problem arise with a patient, the director may become involved to make sure that all issues are resolved.
Every clinic has their own specific business model, so it’s difficult to make general statements about the precise roles each provider fulfills. For more details about the specific business model at Positive Behavioral Connections, please call our office at 331-457-5533.