The Registered Behavior Therapist is responsible for understanding the diagnostic criteria for autism and appreciating the developmental implications this diagnosis has for a child. The Behavior Therapist provides therapy-using techniques grounded in the principles of applied behavior analysis. Treatment will be provided to children and families in accordance with the client’s treatment plan, as well as all applicable federal regulations, Florida state regulations, and AEIC organizational policies and procedures.
The Registered Behavior Therapists Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Protects children’s health and safety.
- Maintains high standards of professional behavior at all times.
- Accepts constructive feedback in a professional manner from a supervisor on conduct of therapeutic activities and routines.
- Responds calmly and consistently to challenging behavior according to established procedures (be it general strategies or individualized plans); uses proactive procedures to maintain desirable behavior (provision of choices, rule reminders, transition warnings, differential reinforcement of desirable alternatives to problem behavior); and uses praise, encouraging words, and positive descriptive comments to the exclusion of negative comments, criticism, or threats.
- Promotes the active engagement of all children while maintaining a positive and enthusiastic attitude throughout the day.
- Carries out all activities and routines accurately and with enthusiasm, showing affection and enjoyment with all children in: Greeting and departure time, Clean up, Meal time preparation, Free choice & center activities, Self-help supervision, and Outside activities.
- Carefully implements goals and objectives for children and creatively plans corresponding activities that will promote specified child gains toward individualized goals and objectives.
- Teaches concepts and other target skills using direct instructional strategies and by embedding teaching into general activities, interactions, and routines.
- Uses effective teaching techniques that will promote skill acquisition under agreeable circumstances; for example:
- Recognizes the skill level of each child
- Provides choices when possible and appropriate
- Supports and expands upon children’s communication attempts
- Uses behavior management techniques consistently
- Praises, comments upon, and attends to desirable behavior(s)
- Includes children with varying skill levels and special needs into all activities
- Uses language facilitation techniques throughout all activities
- Provides opportunities for children to express their interests and preferences
- Provides opportunities for children to work / play with peers, in groups, and individually
- Implements treatment goals utilizing all procedures designed and approved by the Senior Behavior Therapist and Clinical Team Supervisor.
- Attends and participates in a weekly clinical review meeting facilitated by the Senior Behavior Therapist / Clinical Team Supervisor to discuss client’s progress on goals, challenges encountered, effective strategies for problem behaviors, etc.
- Receives direct weekly / bi-weekly supervision from Senior Behavior Therapist while providing individual skills training with target client to allow Senior Behavior Therapist / Clinical Team Supervisor to evaluate performance and offer instruction and coaching.
- Collects and records data accurately and efficiently in accordance with guidelines established by Senior Behavior Therapist / Clinical Team Supervisor.
- Communicates (both verbal and written) clearly and effectively in English to parents/caregivers and other AEIC staff.
- Abides by AEIC’s policies and procedures.
- Abides by all Florida and federal rules and regulations guiding ABA treatment, including, but not limited to:
- HIPAA (Health Information Privacy and Accountability Act)
- Ethical Principles and Codes of Conduct ofthe American Psychological Association (Chapters 3. Human Relations, 4. Privacy and Confidentiality and 10.Therapy.)
- Ethical Principles and Codes of Conduct ofthe Behavior Analyst Certification Board
- Completes additional duties as assigned by Senior Behavior Therapist and/or Clinical
Position Qualifications for a Registered Behavior Therapist:
Education and Experiencemust provide documentation that he/she has:
- Obtained an associate's or bachelor’s degree in one of the behavioral sciences or related fields from an accredited college or university
- Must be RBT certified
- Excellent communication skills in English (written/verbal)
- Must pass state and federal background checks as required by the State of Florida in order to work with children.
Job Type: Full-time
- Applied Behavior Analysis: 1 year (Preferred)
- Medicaid Number (Preferred)
- Registered Behavior Technician (Preferred)
- Paid time off
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance