Behavioral Programming and Support
Our Behavioral Programming and Support (BPS) department provides comprehensive
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) services
using the most up-to-date best practices in the field of behavior analysis.
What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
ABA is the science of looking at the circumstances surrounding behaviors. By identifying what happens right before and immediately after the behavior, behavior analysts can alter the events to shape or teach replacement behaviors to improve the lives of those being served.
For more information, please visit www.bacb.com
What is Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)?
This intervention consists of 20-40 hours of intensive 1:1 treatment under the direction of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and for our state funded services by the Division of Developmental Disabilities a master’s level therapist can provide program management under the supervision of a BCBA. The program manager is responsible for creating individualized goals and objectives based on assessment. These programs are implemented by behavior technicians in the home, community, clinic, and activity sites. Collaboration and consistency are very important for a successful EIBI program and therefore families, specialty therapists, and teachers must all work together for the best possible outcome. EIBI has abundant research with respect to its effectiveness for children under the age of 5, specifically those who begin treatment at age two.
Our staff consists of our Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), supervisees, and our amazing team of Behavior Technicians (BT) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT).
Our BCBAs are required to have a graduate level degree or above from a qualified institution in one of the following fields of study; education, behavior analysis, or psychology.
BCBAs are responsible for skill and behavioral assessments, creating individual treatment plans, supervision of the Supervisees/BT/RBTs, and family training.
The BCBAs work very closely with Supervisees, BTs, and RBTs to assist them in gaining the skills necessary to increase their fluency in implementing treatment plans as they are designed.
Our Supervisees must complete 1500 hours of fieldwork experience to sit for the National Board Certification exam by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Once passing this certification, they can become licensed in the state of Arizona to provide ABA services.
Behavior Technicians and Registered Behavior Technicians:
LIFE has made a commitment to excellence by only hiring Behavior Technicians (BTs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) who have, or are obtaining, their bachelor’s/master’s degree in a related field and/or on the professional track to becoming a BCBA.
Behavior Technician (BT): BTs are responsible for the implementation of the treatment package as designed by the BCBA. They are the direct staff that take the data and are the first responder when a behavioral situation emerges.
Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs): RBTs are BTs that have completed 40 hours of training in ABA and passed a competency-based assessment conducted by a BCBA and then passed the Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam to become a Registered Behavior Technician.
Behavioral Programming and Support (BPS) is a field that utilizes evidence-based (research supported) practices. Here are a few peer-reviewed research articles we have referenced on these BPS pages and a few key articles in the field.