Covid-19 has been a difficult time for all of us, and especially for children with special needs and their families. Even though most of us feel overwhelmed without our routines, this loss of structure is even more devastating for children who need consistency and predictability to function in their daily lives. The loss of regular education and services has dramatically affected the lives of students and placed a heavy burden on their families. In a time of uncertainty and chaos, the one constant for many of these families has been the professionals providing their children with applied behavior analysis.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science based on human learning and behavior. ABA is all about understanding the “why” behind a behavior, how the environment affects the behavior, and how learning occurs. ABA techniques help improve socially appropriate behavior in children, such as completing tasks, brushing teeth, and playing with peers, while reducing disruptive and harmful behaviors such as temper tantrums, self-harm, aggression. and general non-compliance.
ABA is an evidence-based approach often used with children diagnosed with autism. ABA methods have been documented in extensive research studies to support children with autism in several ways, including increasing / decreasing, maintaining, and generalizing behaviors. The benefits of ABA services are numerous, both for the child and for his family.
If you have a passion for helping others, enjoy analyzing and collecting data, and looking for a way to expand support for students with autism in your community, a career in behavior analysis may be for you. Touro College offers a 27-credit post-master’s program and a 36-credit MS program, both of which qualify for the National Certificate of Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and NYS Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) license. . Touro offers both the state’s mandatory internship course and affiliations to complete supervisory hours in order to be eligible to take the exam. Our courses are offered on site and online. During the restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, all courses are offered online through Zoom.