The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies Institute for Behavioral Studies has begun the first ever, national certification program for teacher’s aides and paraprofessionals in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The program was developed to meet the needs of the ever-growing demand for highly trained staff to assist Special Education Teachers in the delivery of ABA services to students diagnosed with Autism and other related Developmental Disabilities. ABA is well documented as the most effective educational treatment intervention currently available for children diagnosed with Autism. Unfortunately, many staff charged with the delivery of these services has not been adequately trained in ABA. With the dramatic increases in the number of children diagnosed with Autism, it is impossible for Licensed Special Education Teachers to meet this need. The CABA-Tech program was designed to meet the standards of No Child Left Behind to allow “properly trained paraprofessionals to play important roles in schools where they can magnify and reinforce a teacher’s effect in the classroom,” by staff who have “met rigorous standards of quality and are able to demonstrate, through local academic assessment, knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing” students in the classroom. This program is also open to parents and non-school based providers looking to better understand ABA and be able to work with their school district. The results of this project will be presented at the First Annual meeting of the Massachusetts Association for Behavior Analysis, Friday, March 11, 2011 at Bentley College.
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