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The Importance of Community Outings

by Saundra Bishop, BCBA on 07/14/17

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The Importance of Community Outings

Vital to the success of mastering new skills is the client's ability to expand and generalize the skills they've learned in various settings and with multiple people. Community outings are a great opportunity for individuals to practice skills they have learned. Once a skill is taught at home or another location, we then venture out to the community to teach or work on the same skill in a different location.


There are many skills that go beyond home performance. Some of those skills could include: waiting in line, labeling different items in a store, safety skills, communication and socialization skills just to name a few.

 
Finally, going out in the community is a great way for individuals to socialize, meet and play with new friends.  


Kari Elliott
RBT, BASICS ABA Therapy, LLC

 

Bugs Can Cause Problems for Everyone

by Saundra Bishop, BCBA on 07/14/17

 

Bugs Can Cause Problems for Everyone

Sometimes a client's household will have an issue with insect infestations; such as bed bugs, fleas or roaches. Insect infestations can potentially cause physical damage, but more importantly create health problems that could make visiting a household uncomfortable or even dangerous.


It's not just bug bites that are problematic. Certain kinds of bugs can spread diseases due to microbial contamination (their feces), and cause allergies and asthma, among other health problems. Many of these insects are also highly transferable and could travel with a staff member, infest other client's homes and possibly transmit those communicable diseases.

 
We are committed to a safe and healthy work place for our staff and families. A home with an insect infestation will not prevent services from occurring, however, therapy sessions will need to be conducted in an alternative location, such as the community or in the BASICS office. In order to resume home sessions a family must show proof of professional treatment. 


If you have noticed a bug problem please contact us right away so can prevent problems for everyone. For information about certain insects/pests click the link below to visit the Environmental Protection Agency website.

 

 

The ABCs of RBTs

by Saundra Bishop, BCBA on 06/13/17

 

The ABCs of RBTs

In today's society, acronyms can be found anywhere from the common text dialogue of "ttyl" (talk to you later) to the classic "BLT" (bacon, lettuce and tomato). In the world of Psychology, a new and budding acronym known as RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) has taken its own lane, but one cannot help but to scratch their head and wonder, "what exactly does this mean?" 


Let's start with "R"...registered. To register or the act of being registered is when you are recorded on an official list. "B"...behavior is defined as an observable and measurable act done by a person and/or an animal in response to a thing or event. Finally, "T"...a technician is someone who is deemed to be skilled or an expert in being able to use their knowledge for a reasonable purpose as it relates to a science.

 
So, in short, an RBT is a person who has met the qualifications to be a part of an official list; and we work hard to get on this list! BASICS ABA Therapists are required to take 40 hours of classes online, successfully pass several field assessments and sit for an exam at a testing center. Having our names added to this list of professionals is a badge of honor and we're proud to be named RBTs. Being on this list allows us to directly observe and measure actions of a person by utilizing our expertise in the field of behavioral psychology. As an RBT at BASICS, our sole purpose is to directly put your child's plan and/or goals into effect. Now, as an RBT, we are not responsible for the design or assessment of the plan and/or goals. That is the job of our supervisors. We are only responsible for making sure that the plan and/or goals are implemented thoroughly and correctly. This is important because correctly putting a plan into effect leads to consistent facilitation of your child's learning. It also allows for continuous building of new and different skill sets. 


Who knew that such a small acronym, made up of three simple words, could have such a complex definition? If you are unable to remember the technicalities when someone asks you, "So, what is an RBT?", that is perfectly fine! Just remember this, RBT's teach your kids the ABC's of life and how to use each skill as easy as 1, 2, 3.

 

Yanita Boayue

RBT, BASICS ABA Therapy, LLC