Behavior Analysts Clinics

Behavior analysts in a behavior analysts clinic must consider a number of factors before accepting a new client. These factors include whether the client has a documented disorder or is a good candidate for treatment. In addition, the patient's medical history should be collected in a systematic intake checklist. Providing this information is essential for providing sound behavior analytic treatment. This way, behavior analysts can double check the validity of their treatment and determine whether a patient may need a referral to a medical doctor or a medical consultation. A typical ABA clinic begins with a comprehensive assessment of a child's skills and develops a customized program plan based on the child's needs. The program may include group sessions, parent sessions, and one-on-one sessions. In addition, a credentialed behavior analyst will provide direct instruction to clients several hours per week. After the initial assessment, ongoing programming is monitored and adjusted based on the child's progress. Monthly evaluations and daily data are used to determine the effectiveness of an intervention. Behavior analysts in a behavior analysts clinic will focus on discovering the causes behind maladaptive behaviors and teach children how to use more socially acceptable replacement behaviors. For example, a child may need to learn to raise his or her hand to get attention. A behavior analyst will also be able to teach children how to use words and gestures to gain attention. While many behavior analysts work in the public school system, they may also provide services outside of a school setting.