Treatment and Consultation
Access to qualified professionals, such as the therapists and consultants at Kadiant, is the most important way in which a student’s learning and success in an ABA program can be optimized. The need for ongoing instruction and support is crucial as a mechanism to make necessary adjustments in an appropriate and timely manner. Consequently, students served by Kadiant, including school-based, in-home, and facility-based, are assigned to a supervising Board Certified Clinical Supervisor (BCBA), who monitors the implementation of the treatment package and the student’s response.
SUPPORT AND CONSULTATION
A quality ABA program must be directed by such professionals, with advanced and formal training and experience in behavior analysis. The best predictor of how well an individual’s skills training and behavior reduction needs will be met is the extent to which his/her therapists/instructors have access to credentialed ABA professionals, such as BCBA’s, and integrate their assistance into services.
BCBAs hold at least a Master’s degree, have met the requirements of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, Inc. (BACB) for specified coursework in behavior analysis and supervised hours of practical experience, and have passed a national credentialing examination, which must be maintained with continuing education, including ethical practices.
The need for this type of ongoing support and supervision is crucial as a mechanism to make necessary adjustments in an appropriate and timely manner. It is critical that an individual’s treatment team understand that all programming is temporary—including strategies for both skills acquisitions objectives and behavior reduction objectives. That is, treatment package strategies will have to be adjusted regularly. When aspects of treatment are effective, prompts and/or supports may need to be systematically faded to promote generalization to other settings, people, and motivational conditions. In other words, when a plan is working, more independence should be promoted. Conversely, when aspects of treatment are ineffective, a plan may require adjustment(s). In either case, behavioral professionals must be providing support and monitoring on a regular and ongoing basis to respond to those needs and make adjustments accordingly.
PROGRAM SUPERVISION WITH KADIANT
At least once every month, the Board Certified Clinical Supervisor supporting/supervising the program does the following:
- Observes the implementation of intervention related to each targeted skill and behavior reduction target (some observations will be on site, while others will be remote, such as through the use of recorded sessions, Catalyst videos, and or webcasts.)
- Reviews all performance data.
- Schedules and hosts a team meeting (some of which may be remote, using video conferencing with WebEx, Skype, or ooVoo) to review observations and data review, discuss programming with team, educational, and/or family members, and make adjustments to the individual’s treatment/IEP plan.
- Make written adjustments to the program based on the observations, data, and team meeting.