Board Certified Behavior Analysts

Magnolia Behavior Therapy provides Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) to serve as Program Supervisors. BCBA’s are responsible for conducting detailed data-based assessments, overseeing the quality and direction of the Seattle ABA therapy programs, consulting with family members and other caregivers in order to provide guidance and ensure progress, analyzing daily data collection and decision-making based on the data collected during Seattle ABA therapy sessions.

Clients of Magnolia Behavior Therapy work with a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, or BCBA, who supervises the child’s program. This Behavioral Expert collaborates with other therapists in the home and at school, and can also work with school district personnel to implement a customized positive behavior support plan.

Also provided are behaviorally-trained ABA Therapists to conduct the Seattle ABA therapy sessions and sessions in other areas on a regular basis. Each ABA Therapist has completed at least 40 hours of training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques in accordance with the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts, undergone a criminal background check and completed a minimum of 48 semester hours of college courses in an accredited college or university. Most of our Seattle ABA therapists hold a degree in the Behavioral Sciences, Psychology or a related field such as; Education, Human Development, or Social Work/Behavioral Health.

ABA Therapy Improves Learning and Behavior

Founded in the 1960s by Dr. Lovaas, ABA Therapy is a method of instruction and behavior-change typically used for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Reliable studies since the 1980s have shown the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, as an intervention for children with behavioral challenges, starting at about two years of age. However, it is never too late to start ABA therapy in Seattle.

Ralph Pampino and his staff at Magnolia Behavior Therapy typically work with toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school students. However, ABA therapy and its associated positive behavior supports can be effective for persons of any age or any behavior, even into adulthood. Major goals of Seattle ABA therapy include, but are not limited to, problem behavior reduction, increased use of adaptive or replacement behaviors, increased skill acquisition based on the assessment, and continuous review of data-based progress to keep the program objectives moving in the desirable direction.

In cities like Seattle, ABA therapy is typically used to build foundations for learning in children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. To teach these and other such valuable and fundamental learning skills, ABA therapists use Discrete Trial Teaching/Training

[DTT], Natural Environment Teaching [NET], Pivotal Response Training [PRT], Errorless Learning [EL], and other proven ABA techniques until the student meets mastery criteria for the skills in question.

To increase the likelihood that the child will behave and respond appropriately, and to reward the child for good tries, or approximations, that are close to the correct response, the Seattle ABA therapist uses positive reinforcement or rewards. The use and topography of reinforcement varies from student to student, greatly increases the probability that the student will learn the desired skills and helps the student their newly acquired positive behaviors to other settings. Reinforcement is a major component of ABA therapy in Seattle.

To read about the scholarly research conducted by Dr. Lovaas and others from 1987 to 2006, visit the Lovaas Institute’s Web site.

If you are interested in learning more about the services and care that Magnolia Behavior Therapy can offer, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to working with you and your family for Seattle autism therapy.