The ABCs of RBTs
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.
RBT, BASICS ABA Therapy, LLC