Reports to the Director of Special Education
Under the supervision of the Director of Special Education, the Behaviorst collaborates with staff to assist in the development and to supervise Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs and Behavior Support Plans for preschool and K-8 students. In order to assist the district in building capacity regarding behavior support in general, the Behaviorist is a key member of the LABS (Los Altos Behavior Support) Team to provide staff development to district teachers and aides on topics relating to ABA and behavior support in general.
Representative Duties and Responsibilities
• Supervise ABA programs for individual students
• Develops in-service programs relating to behavior interventions for teachers and aides
• Trains staff in behavior based interventions
• Designs data forms for ABA programs
• Designs data forms for progress monitoring of fully included autistic students
• Conduct functional assessments
• Coordinates LABS staff schedules
• Minimum 5 years experience using ABA techniques with students on the autistic spectrum (Pre-school – 8th grade)
• Knowledge of and training in behavior based techniques (verbal behavior and Lovaas)
• Experience using ABA data to make effective data based decisions, as well as analyzing, taking, and charting data
• Ability to apply verbal behavior principles in teaching programs as well as know when and how to use DTT (Lovaas)
• Strong organizational skills
• Knowledge of Pivotal Response Training
• Knowledge of various social facilitation strategies
• Attends workshops, conferences etc, to keep up with current ABA research, teaching strategies, etc.
• Experienced in writing behavior support plans
• Able to train staff on various prompting strategies, effective strategies on increasing positive behaviors
• Strong problem solving skills, and ability to collaborate with wide variety of IEP team members
• Experience with modifying curriculum effectively to meet the student's needs
• Experience working with moderate to severely autistic children
Education, Certification and Experience
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Psychology; and a valid California driver’s license. Minimum of five years of direct ABA work experience, including some supervisory duties, with demonstrated competence. Training in ABA is required, Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCABA) certification preferred. See Qualifications above for detail.
The compensation for the position of the Behaviorist shall be based on Range A of the LASD Supervisor Salary Schedule. This is a 12 month position to accommodate the need for full year ABA programs.
High level of mobility required as the position is itinerant, requiring support for eight district schools and preschool students. Contacts are both structured and unstructured, with district, school site, outside contractors and parents. Contacts require planning, promoting, strategy development, decision-making, problem solving, and effective interpersonal skills.