Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders may need supports and treatments around behaviors. Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA is one of the treatments an individual with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis may consider. Behavior analysis is a scientific approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment.
Children and youth with Autism may have a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) conducted as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan. The purpose of doing an FBA is to help develop a behavior plan to understand the behaviors and support the youth needs in the school setting. Input should be gathered from a team that includes parents, teachers, related service providers, paraprofessionals and the student. There should be one person as the FBA coordinator who should have training and experience in conducting FBAs.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
The Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is an independent practitioner who may also work as an employee or independent contractor for an organization. The BCBA conducts behavioral assessments, including functional analyses, and provides behavior analytic interpretations of the results. The BCBA designs and supervises behavior analytic interventions.