Children with disabilities or special health care needs may need supports and treatments around behaviors. See our Behavior webinars.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is one of the treatments that may be considered. Behavior analysis is a scientific approach to understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment.
Children 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 supports the child needs in school. 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
A 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.
- Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)
- Behavior Assessment, Plans, and Positive Supports
- Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
- Speech Pathology & Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group
- Vermont Association for Behavior Analysts
- Vermont Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (VTPBIS)