This position provides services to ASD (Autism Spectrum) individuals with challenging behaviors and/or severe needs. These services are delivered at one of our Severe Behavior Service Centers, in the participant’s home, or community and often at a 2:1 staff-to-participant ratio. Serves to address a range of needs, such as problem behavior, skill acquisition, feeding, toileting, etc. Provides coaching, support, and guidance to the parent/guardian/caregiver in implementing treatment plans. Monitors, documents, and collects data applicable to daily progress. Extensive experience working with individuals with autism and severe challenging behavior and/or exemplary performance providing ABA treatment is required.
Essential Functions :
- Supports and works with participants diagnosed with autism and severely challenging behavior of all ages. Challenging behavior may include aggression, property destruction, self-injurious behavior, feeding issues, among others. Services may be at the participant’s home, community, and/or the Center. However, most participants start their services at the Center, and then treatment is generalized to the home or community after it is determined to be appropriate by the family and team.
- Collects data about participant behavior through direct observation. Appointments may be divided into several treatment intervals in which specific interventions and data collection procedures are used to target the participant’s individualized needs.
- Assists BCBAs as directed with behavior assessments and skill acquisition plans. May assist with functional analyses, preference assessments, and development of instructional materials.
- Teaches participants the socially appropriate behavior identified in treatment plans. Adheres to the treatment plan to maintain high treatment integrity.
- Nurtures participants’ skills to produce socially significant and meaningful outcomes for participants and their families.
- Communicates behavioral intervention results to participants’ caregivers and treatment teams daily.
- Provides direct intervention with a staff-to-participant ratio at 2:1 due to the severity of the challenging behavior; displays excellent communication skills and teamwork.
- Provides treatment sessions which range from 3 to 4 hours, Monday through Friday. Required to arrive early to prepare for therapy and to stay 30 minutes after the scheduled appointment to complete session notes, email a daily report to all team members, graph session data, and clean up.
- Participates in caregiver training sessions to the extent feasible. Typically, this involves collecting data on caregivers’ performance and providing feedback on their implementation.
- Performs other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abiliities:
- Demonstrated competency in approaches to intervention, based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis; competency in employing behavior analytic methodologies, including discrete trial and naturalistic teaching procedures, differential reinforcement, continuous and discontinuous measurement, and crisis/emergency procedures.
- Must demonstrate knowledge and physical competency in a formal behavior management safety course (e.g., Quality Behavioral Solutions) provided through ESSC or an approved affiliate.
- Must possess basic computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Microsoft Teams, Word, Outlook, Excel, etc.). Must be able to learn and use iPad and/or other assigned devices.
- Ability to maintain positive consumer interaction and professionalism, communicate effectively through oral and written skills, and work cooperatively with a variety of individuals and groups; demonstrated ability to interact well with participants, their families, and to maintain positive and cordial demeanor.
- Ability to interpret and implement ESSC policies, procedures, and regulations.
- Ability to demonstrate good judgment, exercise discretion, and maintain a high level of confidentiality in handling sensitive situations and documentation.
- Ability to pass a post-offer physical examination and a TB test.
- Ability to provide proof of required vaccinations or positive titer showing immunity. A signed declination may be acceptable for certain vaccinations.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a criminal record/fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation per Easterseals of Southern California and/or program requirements.
- Ability to travel locally; maintain driving record in compliance with Transportation Safety Standards; maintain auto insurance and vehicle registration.
- Bachelor’s Degree is required from an accredited college or university with a preference for programs related to early childhood education, psychology, nursing, or related field.
- Plans to enroll in a Master’s degree program in Applied Behavior Analysis or closely related field, or in a coursework series that meets the educational requirements for the BCBA examination, is preferred.
- Must possess and maintain current Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) status
- One year of ABA experience with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and/or other related developmental disabilities is required. Preferably, the candidate will have experience with high intensity challenging behaviors
Physical Requirements in Accordance with ADA:
- Carying/Lifting: Frequent/0-30lbs
- Standing: Frequent/ Up to 4 hours per day
- Sitting: Occasional/ Up to 3 hours per day
- Walking: Frequent/ Up to 3 hours per day
- Repetitive motion: Walking, Bending, Reaching, Squatting, Kneeling and Twisting
- Visual Acuity: Ability to view monitor and read news print
- Environmental Exposure: Unpleasant or hazardous working conditions (e.g., noise, dust, yelling, bodily fluids,etc) 20-50% of worktime.