Behavior Analysts are trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques and strategies for positive behavior support. Analysts work collaboratively with families, teachers, counselors, principals, medical professionals, and other specialists to promote student growth.
Behavior Analysis addresses the function, or reason for a student’s behavior. Once the function of the behavior is pinpointed, the Behavior Analyst can attempt to teach a replacement behavior that is functionally equivalent. In other words, the goal is to teach the student socially appropriate ways to access their education, environment, and peers.
Ideally, observations and interventions are conducted in the student’s classroom. On some occasions, students need more intensive interventions, in that case, one-on-one sessions with the student and the Behavior Analyst will occur. For these cases, the Behavior Analyst will complete a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and write specific Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) for the student. The Behavior Analyst will remain responsible both for direct one-on-one therapy, collaboration, training, and advising of caregivers and educators on applying ABA techniques and continue ongoing evaluations of the student’s progress.
Behavior Analysts may also provide consultation and contribute to the development of a student’s IEP. Behavior Analysts may also provide training for paraprofessionals who work with students, as needed.
Applied Behavior Analysis in Educational Services. (2020). Retrieved June 22, 2020. https://www.appliedbehavioranalysisedu.org/special-education/
Behavior Analyst PK-12: Shanda Stiles ph 970-533-744 ext 201 or email email@example.com