Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapists work with clients who are living with autism and intellectual disabilities. ABA therapists usually work with children and teenagers, using their skills to help clients develop and improve language and communication skills, cooperation skills, and daily living skills. These therapists also help develop appropriate play and social skills. The main responsibility of an ABA therapist is to implement the assigned treatment plan during sessions with the child. They should also be prepared to design and facilitate training sessions for the parents. Progress and goal reports should be recorded and analyzed after every session to ensure effective treatment.
ABA therapists generally work during regular business hours, although alternative or additional hours may be required. Though the bulk of their work is done with the clients, ABA therapists are expected to participate in team meetings and team training workshops as well. Their team is available to provide support and ideas, so the ability to effectively work with a team is necessary.
The minimum educational requirement for this position typically includes a bachelor’s degree with coursework in early childhood development, special education, developmental psychology, and other relevant disciplines. CPR and First Aid certification is also required. Several years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum may be required or preferred to successfully transition in the therapist role. Additionally, ABA therapists must possess patience, a positive attitude, and excellent communication skills to properly facilitate treatment sessions with both the child and parent.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Home Therapist Tasks
Treat patients based on defined interventions, consult with physicians regarding patient status and progress.
Maintain updated knowledge on instruction of ABA, behavior management, and techniques applicable to the patient population.
Perform behavioral analysis assessments and evaluations of patients.
Record objectives of planned intervention and maintain patients progress and behaviors.