Frequently Asked Questions
Can we use autism funding?
Yes. Many of our families elect to use their autism funding to pay for our services.
What is the difference between a Behaviour Consultant and Behaviour Analyst?
In order for an individual to identify as a Behaviour Analyst, he/she must meet the requirements outlined by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB). A behaviour consultant may have the experience and educational background necessary to develop intervention programs, however they have not yet met the requirements by the BACB.
All the behaviour consultants at PLG are Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and as such, we use the terms interchangeably.
To learn more about BCBA’s, please visit https://www.bacb.com/bcba/
What is the role and responsibilities of a Behaviour Consultant?
The Behaviour Consultants at Precision Learning Group (PLG) use the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Precision Teaching to design and manage individualized behaviour-change programs for each of our clients. Behaviour Consultants at PLG are Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBA) who have met the requirements outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). The Behaviour Consultant assigned to your team will provide initial and ongoing assessment, design individualized behaviour support plans, oversee and make changes to programs, and supervise other team members to ensure accurate and effective implementation by all treatment providers. Additionally, your Behaviour Consultant will collaborate with other professionals (SLPs, OTs, doctors, school staff, etc.), attend IEP meetings, and be involved in all program oversight. All of our Behaviour Consultants are Category A professionals on the Registry of Autism Service Provider (RASP) list.
What is the role and responsibilities of Program Manager?
Program Managers assist our Behaviour Consultants with the day-to-day oversight of each team and provide a high level of customized support to our families. Program Managers typically worked as Behaviour Interventionists for several years before attending post-secondary or graduate education with the long-term goal of becoming Behaviour Consultants. Program Managers attend all team meetings, help train new Behaviour Interventionists, make program changes under the supervision of a BCBA, and help develop program materials in the most cost-effective way for your family’s needs. Additionally, Program Managers are an initial point-of-contact for any questions you may have about progress within your ABA program and will know who to contact when needed about any questions you may have.
What is the role and responsibilities of a Lead Behaviour Interventionist?
Lead Behaviour Interventionists (BIs) have been working in the field of ABA for at least one year or have attended courses in Applied Behavior Analysis and/or Behavior Intervention. The Lead BI assigned to your team helps keeps the programs running smoothly by organizing, printing, and maintaining program materials. He or she will help coordinate the other Behavior Interventionists on the team and ensure that the monthly schedule is updated. The Lead BI will implement intervention sessions with your child, but typically on a less frequent basis.
Line/Junior Behavior Interventionists
Behavior Interventionists work directly with your son or daughter on a daily basis, conducting the 1:1 intervention sessions. All of our BIs receive training on data collection and how to implement the specific programs in your child’s home program. Behavior Interventionists work under the direction of our Behaviour Consultants and Program Managers. Behaviour Interventionists will work individually and attend all team meetings to keep well-informed of program changes and receive ongoing training and supervision to refine their ABA skills. In addition to conducting intervention, our BIs establish strong rapport with the children they work with in order to achieve the best result possible with your child.
Who are our clients?
We help families each and every day focus on the critical factors that impact their child’s ability to reach their full potential and realize their dreams. We assess the student’s quality of life, identify immediate needs, and build a customized plan for achieving these goals.
Our student’s include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)Students with
- General Learning Disabilities
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Speech/Language Delay
We also provide support to families and schools with individuals that have no diagnosis but require additional support and behavioural challenges.
Can you tell me more about ABA?
ABA is the application of scientific principles of behavior to improve and promote socially significant changes in client behavior. The learning environment is arranged in a very specific way and teaching opportunities are provided across a wide variety of skills. Behavioral principles such as positive reinforcement are applied to those behaviors to improve the clients use of new skills.
How is Precision Teaching different?
Precision Teaching allows for skills to be broken down and progress to be made in incremental pieces. Precision Teaching is supported by the use of a standard graph called the Standard Celeration Chart (SCC). The SCC provides a standardized method of measuring client performance and making decisions on the performance to ensure that intervention is effective and efficient. Precision Teaching often times incorporates Fluency Based Instruction (FBI) as a teaching methodology that ensures clients build skills to fluency so they are easier to use in the natural environment.