Training and Consultation for Schools
At ATS, we believe that by creating a comprehensive team that wraps around a student with a diagnosis, together we can and will create great change and cultivate unlimited progress so that the student may achieve his or her truest self. We can accomplish so much more together than if we work alone in separate environments on the same goals.
Who From ATS Can Support The Student’s Team?
ATS provides qualified and trained clinicians to students and their families, typically funded by private insurance coverage or Medicaid:
- BCBA - Board Certified Behavior Analysts, or BCBAs, have either a doctoral or masters degree in Behavior Analysis, Education, Psychology, or another related field and carry a national certification from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). They have extensive training and experience in designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating a wide range of ABA programs for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The BCBA assigned to a student’s case oversees the entire treatment plan and supervises the technician.
- BT/RBT - Behavior Technician (BT) and/or the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). The difference between a BT and an RBT is that an RBT has completed additional coursework, received additional supervision, and passed a comprehensive exam to receive certification from the BACB. The BT/RBT is who implements the goals and objectives outlined in a student’s ABA Assessment Summary and Treatment Plan developed by the BCBA.
- Rick Murray, LBA, LSW, BCBA -- President / CEO, Founder, and Senior BCBA
- Gina Moon, LPC, NCC, LBS -- Vice-President
- Brianne Belt, M.A., BCBA, LBA -- Director of Clinical Services and Outreach
- Catherine Hughes -- Director of Family Support and Community Engagement
- Angela Day, BS, M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, Certified Special Education Educator K-12, Registered Behavior Technician, Christina Abernethy, Melissa Humberger -- Family Support and Community Engagement Specialists
- Tiffany Shafer, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LBA; Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Special Education Birth-21, Early Childhood Education (PreK-Grade 3), and Elementary Education (Grade 1-Grade 6) -- Training and Professional Development Coordinator
- Sharon Greene, MS, LBS -- Behavior Consultant; Olweus Bullying Prevention Program National Certified Trainer
- Clinical Directors of ABA Services
How Can ATS Support The Student’s Team?
A BCBA can:
- Develop and update an ABA Assessment Summary and Treatment Plan, incorporating school goals
- Provide ongoing data analysis based on information collected
- Make recommendations based on data and/or observations during on-site visits
- Attend school meetings
- Maintain open communication between parents and/or caregivers and school personnel
A BT or RBT can:
- Work discreetly with their student, providing therapeutic intervention to improve behaviors
- Facilitate positive communications and social interactions with teachers and peers
- Improve a student’s ability to process and learn by reducing maladaptive behaviors
- Allows teachers to focus on the classroom at large while the technician tends to their student’s behaviors
Members of the ATS Leadership Team can:
- Provide additional clinical oversight to the BCBA guiding treatment
- Help families to understand the services being provided to their loved one as well as the ABA process
- Assist with identifying and accessing additional resources and natural supports across the community
We expect that our clinicians, as guests in your school, will:
- Adhere to the expectations, policies, procedures and/or guidelines set forth by your district
- Contact the school prior to visits or implementing a regular schedule as not to disrupt daily routines
- Dress in business casual attire
- Meet their student at the school (no bus riding is permitted) in a timely fashion
- Stay with the student at all times, remaining alert to their needs
- Address behaviors, not academics
- Facilitate positive interactions between the student, peers and adults
- Discreetly take notes and record data, never using names of other students per HIPAA and FERPA
- Blend into the environment as not to stigmatize the student nor distract other learners
- Self refer as “helpers” and not identify their role unless their student or student’s caregiver has done so
- Avoid the use of cell phones during their shift with a student
- Communicate with the student’s family in collaboration with the entire team
- Maintain boundaries by not sharing personal information, socializing with personnel, or soliciting
Other Ways ATS Can Support Your School(s)
ATS also partners with private and public schools through professional service contracts to provide more global comprehensive support throughout buildings. We can:
- Assist with IEP development (functional behavior assessments, behavior support plans, clinical programs, compensatory education services)
- Conduct in-service trainings that are tailored to the needs of educators and paraprofessionals
- Create, staff and maintain ESY programs
- Develop, staff, and maintain autistic support and/or emotional support classrooms
- Implement an anti-bullying program by our nationally certified Olweus trainer
- Provide weekly email or phone consultation and/or monthly visitation from a BCBA
- Support with remote learning
Would you like to explore options for additional training or support for staff to better understand your students?
Do you need assistance in identifying other community resources or supports for families?
Do you know of other students who could benefit from what ATS offers in the school or the home?