The Behavior Analyst is responsible for the development and maintenance of high quality behavioral support programming across the school and residential settings for individual students who are visually impaired and have additional disabilities. Develops and implements behavior intervention programs for individual students and/or classrooms. Provides ongoing consultation to program staff regarding the maintenance and refinement of behavior management programs and developmental issues. Provides functional assessment to identify the function of problem behaviors and to facilitate the development of effective interventions as mandated by IDEA.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Expectations include the following:
- Uses evidence based and empirically validated strategies to teach and alter student behavior.
- Conducts functional behavior assessment to identify the function of problem behavior and facilitate the development of appropriate replacement behaviors.
- Writes and monitors the effectiveness of Positive Behavior Support plans.
- Provide support, instruction, and feedback to staff, families and caregivers with regard to managing challenging behavior and teaching replacement behaviors.
- Participates in the development and use of efficient data systems that support visual analysis and inform clinical decisions.
- Leads trainings on a variety of topics within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.
- Prepares and implements behavior plans based on the individual education plan.
- Develops positive reinforcement systems to teach new and more adaptive behavior.
- Reviews individual student’s behavior intervention programs and provides consultation to staff members; Submits written reports on each student based on observations.
- Meets on a routine basis with the clinical, educational, and medical teams. Collects data on student behavior to share with the medical team, especially with regard to psychoactive medications. Observes students in both individual and group settings.
- Offers consultation to staff members regarding student behavior intervention programs; Develops data systems or other monitoring techniques, and maintains an up-to-date record of student progress; Informs students, staff members, and families of the criteria for achieving individual goals and objectives.
- Reviews behavior intervention plans and modifies them as needed to adapt to changing conditions and to promote student progress. Offers timely feedback to students and staff members regarding student progress toward achieving individual behavioral objectives.
- Performs functional assessments as requested; Develops or adapts measurement instruments, functional scales, or questionnaires for use with individuals who are blind, visually impaired, Deafblind or multiply impaired.
- Collects relevant information from program staff and families; Identifies the function of problem behaviors.
- Selects potential areas of priorities based on the results of a needs assessment.
- Writes functional assessment reports that relate findings and offers recommendations.
- To perform other duties and task as assigned.
Education and/or Experience
- BCBA Certification (Those who have completed BACB coursework and supervision requirements may be considered)
- Experience working with children and adolescents who display maladaptive behavior
- Experience with individuals who are Deaf or Deafblind preferred but not required
- Generally, the essential functions performed are typical in a school environment and involves work with Special Needs students requiring lifting or exertion of up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally.
- Typical for a school classroom or facility environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate