Best Practice Blog

Welcome to our Best Practice Blog. We periodically add articles written by our staff on current best practices for Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs), and other service providers. If you have a suggestion for a topic that you would like us to cover, contact us!

Encouraging Communication

For children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities, oral communication skills are often delayed. When a child is unable to communicate effectively with his or her environment, this often leads to frustration and (sometimes) challenging behavior. However, with proactive, language based interventions, children can make incremental progress. Here are some tips for encouraging language development when working with an early language learner.

Setting up RBT Supervision for Success

Registered Behavior Technicians are required to be supervised for 5% of the hours spent providing behavior-analytic services per month. Here are five strategies for making the most of that time and setting supervision up for success:

Use a Supervision Contract

At the onset of supervision, review and sign a supervision contract outlining the nature of supervision, documentation of hours, and responsibilities of both the supervisor and the RBT. This will set clear expectations right from the start. 

Building Rapport With Staff

As behavior analysts, much of our time is spent providing coaching and training to the staff responsible for implementing behavioral interventionsDirect care staff may have limited knowledge of the principles of applied behavior analysis and the use of behavior analytic strategies; therefore, wmay need to change staff behavior in order to change clients’ behavior. Taking the time to build rapport with staff before asking them to change what they are doing will make them more receptive to your suggestions and feedback. Here are five strategies for building rapport with staff: