Autism Therapy Careers on the Rise
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the U.S. unemployment rate is 11.1% as of July 2, 2020. With no predictable end to the pandemic in sight soon, things are likely to become more difficult for parents, job seekers, and families across the U.S. However, despite the pandemic, autism therapy careers are on the rise.
Parents with children on the autism spectrum have historically faced several barriers in accessing resources to support their children. These families now face additional challenges as they attempt to navigate a pandemic and its effects on work, parenting, and schooling for their children in an online environment.
How Can ABA Help?
To support both schools and families, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services can offer resources and a behavior intervention treatment team to assist with the online learning process. Behavior Technicians work one-on-one with each client—typically in-person—often practicing functional skills such as sitting with a computer or tablet during instruction, engaging with a remote instructor, and attending and responding to online instruction.
At Kadiant, a national ABA provider, nearly 90% of families recently surveyed want to extend their hours with their clinical team, offering a unique, immediate opportunity to create more jobs and deliver medically–necessary services for each client. This number aligns with LinkedIn’s top 10 emerging jobs report for 2020, which listed Behavior Technicians at number 9 given its 32% hiring growth year–over–year. In response to service demand, Kadiant is happy to provide jobs and paid training to our local communities.
Tammy Fornelius, Head of Talent Acquisition at Kadiant, has seen a recent surge in client service requests during the pandemic and is looking to add team members to the Kadiant family to meet demand. “Our goal is to be able to support any family that comes to us seeking services and, to do so, we are actively searching for compassionate, collaborative individuals to join our team and work together with our clients’ families to help them achieve the best outcomes possible.” Fornelius emphasized. In regards to the benefits of a Behavior Technician role, she shared that Kadiant “offers two weeks of paid training, a Registered Behavior Technician certification, ongoing supervision, and a multitude of opportunities for advancement in a mission-based field.”
What does an ABA team do?
The role of a treatment team has always been to observe and respond to the unique needs of each family. Together with caregivers, clinical teams establish the most appropriate program for each client, ultimately working to enhance each client’s language, social, behavioral, functional, academic, and developmental growth and independence. That goal has not changed during the pandemic—if anything, the approach to services has shifted to prevent regression and maintain the health and safety of team members and families.
Kadiant can offer any combination of a hybrid of services including in-home, in-clinic, and telehealth services to best meet the needs of each family.
Safety in Ongoing Services
As COVID cases have increased, so too has concern over the health and safety of both families and clinical team members in the field.
Kadiant values the safety of our clients and team members above all else and has emerged as a leader within the ABA field for our efforts to maintain ongoing services as safely as possible. Immediately following the COVID-19 outbreak, our Safety Management Team established policies and practices to meet local, state, CDC, OSHA, and public health department guidelines.
Before a Kadiant team member arrives to the service setting for a treatment session, both team members and families conduct temperature checks, allowing time to temporarily cancel services per the illness guidelines if one party is sick. Kadiant requires that families, clients, and team members wear masks during sessions and has established a policy to limit the number of team and family members in the treatment setting, in addition to limiting the number of team members working across multiple service settings. During sessions, frequent hand washing, disinfecting of shared surfaces, and social distancing is observed.
How Do I Get a Job in 2020?
If you are interested in learning more about a role with Kadiant or know someone who would thrive as a Behavior Technician, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have locations in California, Colorado, Oregon, Georgia, Ohio, and Washington.