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with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

ABA

What is Parent Management Training? How does PMT Relate to ABA?


Parent Management Training is an intervention used specifically to treat children and adolescents with oppositional, aggressive, and antisocial behaviors. Parent Management Training, or PMT, is based upon operant conditioning. PMT involves teaching parents techniques to help their children improve behaviors and learn new skills. PMT, like applied behavior analysis (ABA), is focused on teaching socially significant or socially important behaviors and skills to improve the quality of life of the identified client.


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Three Types of Learning and Their Relevance to ABA Parent Training


From a behavioral perspective, there are three types of learning. These types of learning are important to consider in the context of ABA services, specifically when working with parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. As a clinician, understanding the different types of learning will help you to see a child’s behavior more clearly and develop more effective interventions and recommendations for parents.

The three types of learning include1:

Respondent conditioning (or classical conditioning)
Operant conditioning
Observational learning (or modeling)


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How to Become a Registered Behavior Technician


How do you become a registered behavior technician, also known as an RBT? This credential was developed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). An RBT is a professional who works one on one with an individual providing applied behavior analysis (ABA) services. The RBT works under the supervision of a BCBA, BCaBA, or BCBA-D. Basically the RBT implements the treatment plans that are designed by the supervisor.

The requirements to become an RBT can be explored in more detail at the BACB website on the Registered Behavior Technician page. In summary, the things that an individual must do to become an RBT include being at least 18 years old, having at least a high school diploma or something equivalent, completing 40 hours of training in applied behavior analysis including ethics, completing a background check, and completing the RBT Competency Assessment (which is done with a supervisor or someone at the level of a BCaBA, BCBA or BCBA-D). Lastly, the individual working toward becoming an RBT must pass the RBT exam.


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RBT Study Topics: Professional Conduct (Part 2 of 2)


The credential of the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is required to abide by the RBT Task List. This task list was developed by the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board).

One of the areas that an RBT  should be familiar with is the area of professional conduct.

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

The Professional Conduct category includes:

F-01 Describe the role of the RBT in the service delivery system.
F-02 Respond appropriately to feedback and maintain or improve performance accordingly.
F-03 Communicate with stakeholders (e.g., family, caregivers, other professionals) as authorized.
F-04 Maintain professional boundaries (e.g., avoid dual relationships, conflicts of interest, social
media contacts).
F-05 Maintain client dignity.

In our previous post, we discussed F-01: Describe the role of the RBT in the service delivery system and F-02: Respond appropriately to feedback and maintain or improve performance accordingly. In this post, we will focus on F-03: Communicate with stakeholders, F-04: Maintain professional boundaries, F-05: Maintain client dignity.


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RBT Study Topics: Professional Conduct (Part 1 of 2)


Registered behavior technicians should be familiar with the RBT task list developed by the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board). There are a variety of skills that an RBT should be familiar with and be able to implement in practice when providing applied behavior analysis services.

One of the multiple categories of skills that the RBT task list addresses is the area of professional conduct.

To view the RBT Task List view it on the BACB website.

The Professional Conduct category includes the following items:

F-01 Describe the role of the RBT in the service delivery system.
F-02 Respond appropriately to feedback and maintain or improve performance accordingly.
F-03 Communicate with stakeholders (e.g., family, caregivers, other professionals) as authorized.
F-04 Maintain professional boundaries (e.g., avoid dual relationships, conflicts of interest, social
media contacts).
F-05 Maintain client dignity.

In this post, we will be discussing items F-01 and F-02.


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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.