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What is a BCBA?

A BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. They are clinicians who have undergone rigorous education, training, and testing, and are now certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). BCBAs have completed a Master’s degree, fieldwork experience, and passed the certification exam. They are governed by the BACB and bound by a strict code of ethics.

At Precision ABA, all Behavior Analysts are Board Certified.

What is ABA/ABA therapy?

ABA, or Applied Behavior Analysis, is the natural science of understanding and modifying human behavior. Rooted in the teachings of B.F. Skinner, Behavior Analysts study and measure behavior, teach new behaviors, and help learners manage behavior.

ABA and all of our interventions are empirically validated and evidence-based, which means that everything we do is backed by research.

ABA therapy is the clinical application of the science of ABA. The National Autism Center cites ABA as the top treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. While the majority of applied practitioners work with those with Autism, ABA is the study of behavior, and we all behave! Therefore, ABA interventions work for everyone.

What is Precision Teaching?

Precision Teaching is a sub-field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and is the hybrid of ABA and education. Ogden R. Lindsley extended the teaching of B.F. Skinner and his measure, rate of response, to develop the field of Precision Teaching.

As Precision Teachers, we:

  1. Pinpoint behaviors: Break skills down into finite components to allow for clarity in measurement and skill development

  2. Measure: Take data on those finite behaviors using frequency

  3. Display: Use the Standard Celeration Chart (SCC) to display those data. The SCC is a standardized Chart that measures all behavior, from one time per day (or week, month, or year!) to 1,000 times per minute. This allows for quick data-based decision making, and also gives a true picture of performance without inflating results. We also look to improve learning over time using celeration measures.

  4. Try, try, again: Precision Teachers make timely data-based decisions following strict rules for behavior change. If the learner doesn’t make progress for 3 days, we try something new! The Learner is Always Right.

How many therapists are on a team?

Teams are comprised of a Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and one or more Behavior Technicians. Some teams also have a Program Manager. This is based on the number of client hours and needs.

What is the commitment to therapy?

Many families ask what the commitment to therapy is when they’re getting started. At Precision ABA, each learner has their own plan developed to meet their specific needs. This includes the determination of hours that will produce the best outcomes, the number of direct therapy hours, the type of therapy, and the amount of parent support. We do require that all families have some level of parent support included in their treatment plan. Parents are the leaders of our teams at Precision ABA, and we will develop a plan that helps you and your child meet their goals!

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