The Roles of Your Therapy Team at BCOTBMarch 11, 2021 10:18 am Leave your thoughts
Starting any therapy program for your child can be an overwhelming process, particularly as you begin ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy. BCOTB recognizes this field has quite a few acronyms and we are happy to break them down to explain what each level of our therapy team provides for you and your child and what the certifications mean!
Updated August 12, 2022
The BCBA’s Role in Therapy
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is a professional that has received a graduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or another related field. In addition, these professionals have accrued the required experience hours in the field along with passed their examination through the BACB. BCBA’s work with BCaBA’s and behavior therapists/Registered Behavior Technicians throughout the day. Their role is to supervise the implementation of behavior analytic services and interventions.
At BCOTB your child’s BCBA is your first point of contact regarding any questions or concerns you may have with your learner. Email, call, or sit down with your BCBA! They are here to help you and your child be successful in ABA therapy.
The BCaBa’s Role in Therapy
Much like the BCBA, the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) has undergone extensive educational requirements, receiving an undergraduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or another related field. In addition, they have accrued the necessary field work requirements and passed the BACB examination. BCaBa’s work under the supervision of a BCBA while providing behavior analytic services.
The Behavior Therapist’s Role in Therapy
Behavior Therapists or Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) are paraprofessionals who work one-on-one with the child under close supervision of the BCBA or BCaBA. RBTs differ from behavior therapists in that they have received an intensive 40-hour training, passed a hands-on competency assessment, and passed a written exam. Most of our clients see an RBT as their direct-therapy staff member on a daily basis.
At BCOTB we provide all our behavior therapists with intensive training when becoming part of team BCOTB. We also help with assisting them in meeting the requirements to pass their written exam and competency assessments.
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What does this look like during the therapy session?
For each child, as our learners are individually assessed and individual treatments plans are created specifically for each child, no two therapy sessions or clients therapy looks the same. What you can expect is that the behavior therapist and/or RBT works 1:1 with your child and implement the procedures and interventions put in place by the supervising BCBA on your child’s case. The behavior therapist/RBT is working to increase skills that are meaningful to the child such as communication, social skills, learner readiness skills, and independent living skills, while decreasing any behaviors that may interfere with them acquiring what they are being taught during session.
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BCOTB (Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay) has been serving the Tampa Bay’s Autism community for over seventeen years. Our team has the knowledge, experience, and passion to provide the best therapy for our clients. Our reputation for success and commitment to providing the best pediatric ABA therapy services is unlike any other in the Tampa area and we know we are the right choice for you and your family! Call our team today: (813) 814-2000!
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