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RBT Study Topics: Documentation and Reporting (Part 2 of 2)


One of the primary credentials in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) is called the Registered Behavior Technician. This credential was developed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. As a registered behavior technician (also known as an RBT), the individual must understand and know how to implement all items on the RBT Task List.

In our last post, RBT Study Topics: Documentation and Reporting (Part 1 of 2), we covered the first two items on the RBT Task List in the documentation and reporting category. These two items were:

E-01 Report other variables that might affect the client (e.g., illness, relocation, medication).
E-02 Generate objective session notes by describing what occurred during sessions.

To continue discussing the Documentation and Reporting skills identified for RBTs, this article will be covering the following items:

E-03 Effectively communicate with supervisor.
E-04 Comply with applicable legal, regulatory and workplace reporting requirements (e.g., mandatory abuse and neglect reporting).
E-05 Comply with applicable legal, regulatory and workplace requirements for data collection, storage and transportation.


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RBT Study Topics: Documentation and Reporting (Part 1 of 2)

The Registered Behavior Technician credential is provided and monitored by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. As a registered behavior technician (also known as an RBT), one must comply with and understand all items on the RBT Task List developed by the BACB.

You can view the RBT Task List here.

To learn more about the Documentation and Reporting section on the task list, this article will be presenting some of the task items listed.

We will be covering the following items:

E-01 Report other variables that might affect the client (e.g., illness, relocation, medication).
E-02 Generate objective session notes by describing what occurred during sessions.


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Manding Treatment Material Recommendations for VBMAPP Skills in ABA


The VB-MAPP is a common assessment tool used in the field of ABA (applied behavior analysis), especially with children with autism spectrum disorder. The VB-MAPP (Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment & Placement Program) is designed for individuals with autism and individuals who display language delays. (Sundberg) The VB-MAPP is based on B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior, general developmental milestones, and behavior analysis concepts. The VBMAPP has five main components. (Sundberg)

The VBMAPP includes:

Milestones Assessment
Barriers Assessment
Transition Assessment
Task Analysis and Skills Tracking
Placement and IEP Goals

The VBMAPP Milestones Assessment is commonly used in ABA treatment with children with autism, especially with young children (specifically ages one to six years old). The Milestones Assessment includes many different areas of language development skill categories. Based upon completion of an assessment, a practitioner can develop treatment plans and programming for the specific client they are working with. It can be challenging to find materials to use that align with specific skills which is why this post is being created.


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Parent Training Recommendations for ABA Professionals


Applied behavior analysis professionals often work with children. However, when working with youth it is important to consider how you can help their caregivers be involved in treatment, as well. To help children get the most out of ABA intervention, it is recommended to provide their caregivers with training in the area of ABA individualized to their child.

Training caregivers often refers to training parents, but this could also be a service that is provided to grandparents, teachers, daycare providers, or foster parents. This training can greatly benefit the children you work with by helping their caregivers to implement effective strategies outside of session as well as to help caregivers learn to reinforce and help generalize skills targeted in session.


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Brief History of Applied Behavior Analysis


The field of behavior analysis has quite a short history relatively speaking. There have been many events that have occurred adding to the development and movement of the field of applied behavior analysis. There were some primary individuals involved in carving the path for ABA. There were a number of publications released that provided further awareness of the field of ABA. There were many events that led to the current state of this realm of science. Below you will see a brief summary of the history of applied behavior analysis.

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RBT Ethics Code


Registered behavior technicians are required to complete 40 hours of applied behavior analysis training. This training must include 3 hours of ethics training.

The RBT Ethics Code covers the categories of responsible conduct, responsibility to clients, and competence and service delivery.

Review the RBT Ethics Code at the BACB website.

A few of the items in the responsible conduct category include:


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Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Study Topics: Behavior Reduction (Part 2 of 2)


Working in the applied behavior analysis field, a professional who is credentialed as a Registered Behavior Technician, is required to understand and properly implement the basic ABA principles. These concepts are listed in the Registered Behavior Technician Task List.

The RBT task list includes various categories of ABA concepts including: Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice.

You can download and review the RBT Task List on the BACB website.

In our previous post, we discussed some of the concepts that are identified in the behavior reduction category. We will address additional items from the behavior reduction category in this post. Behavior reduction concepts in ABA refer to principles and strategies that are utilized to decrease the occurrence of maladaptive behaviors in the identified client.


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Study Topics: Behavior Reduction (Part 1 of 2)


The Registered Behavior Technician is a credential that was developed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). This credential is typically a professional who is trained in applied behavior analysis. Additionally, they must be competent in general ABA principles, specifically those listed on the RBT Task List.

The RBT task list covers areas of applied behavior analysis including:

Measurement
Assessment
Skill Acquisition
Behavior Reduction
Documentation and Reporting
Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice.

You can see the RBT Task List here.

In this post, we will be covering specific skills identified in the behavior reduction category. This section addresses various ABA concepts that help to decrease the occurrence of undesired behaviors in the learner.


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Registered Behavior Technician Study Topics: Skill Acquisition (Part 3 of 3)

The RBT Task list was developed by the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board). This resource identifies the ABA concepts that a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) must be aware of and capable of implementing in applied behavior analysis services.

Topics on the RBT task list include: Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice.

You can see the RBT Task List here: https://bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/161019-RBT-task-list-english.pdf

The Skill Acquisition category of the RBT task list is one of the larger areas of the document. This section identifies specific ABA strategies and concepts related to improving a learner’s skills.

You can review additional skill acquisition information in the Skill Acquisition Posts Part 1 and Part 2.

In this post we will discuss the following concepts as they relate to skill acquisition in applied behavior analysis services:


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Study Topics: Skill Acquisition (Part 2)


The RBT Task list is a document from the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) which describes concepts that a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) must be competent using in order to provide applied behavior analysis services.

There are a variety of topics on the RBT task list including: Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice. (https://bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/161019-RBT-task-list-english.pdf)

Some of the topics identified in the Skill Acquisition category of the RBT task list includes the following concepts: