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Parents Know Best

Parenting…it can be absolute bliss and also extremely overwhelming all at the same time. As a parent, one wears a lot of hats: caregiver, provider, chef, teacher, counselor, marriage partner, information specialist and more. This role grows tenfold with you’re a parent to a child with autism. Parents of children with autism must navigate a world that bombards them with information about what they should do to help their child succeed. You want to advocate for your child to get the best services and school programs available, but it’s hard to know where to start.

Parents know their children best. They know their passions, their strengths, and their stressors. Parents know that there are triggers to their child’s challenging behaviors that impede on the family’s ability to move smoothly through their daily lives. Although, sometimes it’s a struggle to figure out what exactly to do in order to stop the problem behaviors from happening. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut.

We’re quite certain we can help. We know how to empower you to make the right changes and improve the lives of your child and the family unit as a whole. ATCC Parent Training Series.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the highly researched ‘gold standard’ for autism treatment is a great place to start!

Becoming educated in ABA, will allow you to acquire knowledge to make desired behavior changes with your child. ABA will help you understand how your child learns, and we can show you how to use positive reinforcement strategies for continued learning and growth.

The World’s BEST ABA Training.

  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Teaching New Behavior
  • Teaching Communication
  • Teaching Social Skills
  • Teaching Self-Help Skills
  • Toilet Training
  • Reducing Challenging Behavior
  • Reducing Wandering
  • Reducing Tantrums
  • Reducing Eating Problems
  • Becoming an Adult with ASD 
  • And much more…

ATCC Parent Training Series

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The best time for your Competency Assessment is right now.

Why get your RBT Competency Assessment right now?

AMAZING NEWS… Due to COVID-19, the BACB has relaxed the requirements around the RBT Competency Assessment.


At this time, you do not need a client/child to complete your RBT Competency Assessment. It can be done entirely through role-play and completely online. It is a two hour video conference with a BCBA where you demonstrate each Competency in role-play scenarios. 

According to recent updates from the BACB, “All RBT competency assessments received (after) April 28, 2020 will allow “with a client” tasks to be fulfilled via “role play.” 
Sign-up for your RBT Competency Assessment Package now! Get Certified now! There is no better time to get your RBT certification. Go for it!
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Meet the Author

Katie Cook, MED, BCBA, is the Academic Director at ATCConline.com, an award-winning ABA training center. ATCC offers online RBT Certification, eLearning Caregiver Training, and Remote BCBA Supervision. ATCC just released its first ever Autism Parenting Program & Caregiver Community called Activities-in-Action.com – where fun and easy learning strategies and activities are shared through video demonstrations including access to needed materials and professional support. Activities-in-Action.com is the perfect compliment to the popular book, Thriving with Autism. 

KATIE COOK, MED, BCBA

In her personal time, there is nothing she loves more than spending quiet time at home with her beautiful German Shepherd, Nina. Her sisters, parents and all of her extended family have always been an important part of her life. Family parties and vacations are where you will find her during most weekends and holidays.

Katie Cook
Irvine, CA

Katie graduated with honors from California State University, Long Beach. Katie continued her education at National University, La Jolla, and earned her Master of Education with a Specialization in Autism. She later studied under Jose Martinez-Diaz, Ph.D., BCBA-D, associate dean, professor, and head of the School of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology. 

She has dedicated her professional career to building strategies that bring families into the therapeutic environment for children with autism. Education and Training are her passions and she believes these are the cornerstones of successful ABA programs.  She guided by her love for ABA and has spent years building both her ABA agency, ABA Services for Autism, and Autism Therapy Career College into wholehearted organizations, characterized by complete sincerity and commitment to their customers.

In 2020, Katie authored the book Thriving with Autism: 90 Activities to Encourage Your Child’s Communication, Engagement, and Play which outlines the details of fun ways to teach children though playful games and activities. Thriving with Autism: 90 Activities to Encourage Your Child’s Communication, Engagement, and Play is available for purchase on Amazon.

Lori Ayin, Laurie Tate, Katie Cook
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Financing for RBTs

Payment Plans for RBT Certification Program

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Payment Plans and Financing for our Full RBT Certification Program. We are proud to offer a payment plan that is available to all students. 

The payments can be made across 12 months and are as low as $119/month.

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NEW – Behavior (ABA) Technician Certification

The Brand-New 2nd Ed. Full RBT Certification Program is Available Now.

It’s the perfect time to start because it’s the perfect time for

THE ONLY FULL RBT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IN EXISTENCE HAS NOW BEEN UPGRADED:

Everything You Need:

  1. Includes ALL requirements to take & pass the RBT Examination with the BACB®
  2. 40-Hour RBT Curriculum
  3. 200-page Color RBT Textbook
  4. Competency Assessment Preparation Assignments Graded by BCBA
  5. BCBA Administered Competency Assessment
  6. Weekly BCBA Meetings
  7. BACB Application Support Provided by BCBA
  8. Exam Study Resources
  9. Career Counseling & Career Placement Assistance
  10. Letter of Recommendation & Resume Building Support
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Teaching Early Language – FREE Activity Guide

BUBBLES, BUBBLES, GLORIOUS BUBBLES (AGES 2 – 6)

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

Bubbles are a beloved toy for all, though they are particularly intriguing to young children with autism. What child wouldn’t relish in watching a liquid turn into seemingly magical, iridescent balls of floating air that disappear into the sky? So, you know you’ve got a captive audience when bubbles are around, this is the first crucial factor. 

What’s also great about bubbles is that they are the kind of toy that young children need assistance to play with. Unscrewing the container of bubbles and blowing a sustainable bubble are tasks that undoubtedly are difficult for a young child to do by themselves. This means they will need YOU to help them. Take full advantage of this by eliciting as much verbal and non-verbal language as you possibly can. 

Motivate your child to ask for more bubbles. Blow a few rounds of bubbles, then stop, leaving the wand in the container and see if you can your child to request for you to take the wand out. Then put the wand up to your mouth, but don’t blow. See if you can get your child to request you to blow. If your child is an early learner, you may accept him reaching for the container or wand as a way of communicating his wants, or maybe a simple first letter sound, such as ‘ba’ for ‘blow’ is developmentally appropriate for him.  For a child with more language ability, you can elicit the sentence “Please blow more bubbles”. 

MOTIVATION IS KEY!

Motivate your child to comment about bubble play. Demonstrate commenting during play, then stop and point at a bubble with an excited look on your face and see if your child will make a comment on their own. You can give an early learner a sentence to fill in, such as “That bubble is _____” or for a child with more language ability, help them to communicate longer, more descriptive sentences. 

To perform this activity all you will need is a container of bubbles and a bubble wand. Don’t fret if you don’t have bubbles on hand though, you can easily make your own with household items. All you need to do is mix 1-part dish soap to 3-parts water, add in a few teaspoons of sugar and stir it together. The sugar is a must, as it makes the bubbles last longer in the air. Wands can be made using anything with a hole in it such as pipe cleaners, drinking straws, and even a strainer.

Thriving with Autism: 90 Activities to Encourage Your Child’s Communication, Engagement, and Play

“Our mission is to make ABA strategies, evidence based practices, and therapy for children with autism available to everyone.”

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The 7-Day RBT Challenge

The BACB has a requirement for RBT applicants to complete their 40-Hour RBT Curriculum in more than 5 days. They also require that it’s completed in less than 180 days.

How long will it take you to complete a 40-hour training?

Take the 7-DAY CHALLENGE with your friends and pay only $29 for your entire 40-hour RBT Training curriculum. It’s true. Start here!

7-Day RBT Challenge = $29 Tuition

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RBT FAQs

1. What is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)?
A Registered Behavior Technician is a certified Behavior Therapist. A Behavior Therapist typically provides 1:1 behavior intervention (ABA Therapy) to a child diagnosed with autism in the child’s home. Behavior Therapists also work in the school setting. Someone who is a Behavior Therapist and is certified with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is called a Registered Behavior Technician. This certification give the Behavior Therapist multiple advantages. An RBT typically has more job offers and is paid a higher salary than a non-certified Behavior Therapist. It is also much more rewarding to work as a certified Behavior Therapist (aka: RBT) because truly understanding the science of ABA makes helping clients much easier. It is a wonderfully rewarding feeling to have the knowledge and expertise to confidently do your job.

An RBT is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA. A BCBA is a masters degree level professional certified in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). A BCaBA is a bachelors degree level professional certified in ABA.

2. How much does an RBT make? How much money is an RBT paid per hour?
According to Glassdoor, RBT salaries average $35,000/year and the RBT hourly wage ranges from $14 to $25 depending on experience.

3. How many RBT jobs are there?
There is a severe shortage of Behavior Therapists. Behavior Therapist is the most common term for the position held by a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). Almost every single ABA company in the United States is hiring RBTs to work as Behavior Therapists. For example, if you search for ‘Behavior Therapist’ on Glassdoor, there are 13,859 job openings. If you search for ‘Behavior Therapist’ positions on Indeed, there are 15,652 job openings.

The diagnosis of autism is on the rise and the most effective therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a ABA Therapy provided by a Behavior Therapist. There are thousands of children on waiting lists for ABA Therapy. Right now, there are more ABA companies opening than ever before in history. Virtually all of these new and growing ABA companies are hiring RBTs.

4. Who certifies Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs)?
The RBT certification is earned from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). (www.bacb.com)

5. How do I get the RBT certification from the BACB?
7 requirements must be fulfilled to get the RBT certification;
1. Be 18 years old.
2. Have a High School Diploma or equivalent.
3. Complete 40 hours of RBT training. Available here.
4. Pass a Competency Assessment with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). This means you will demonstrate competency with 22 different ABA tasks. Many of these tasks will need to be demonstrated with a client.
5. Pass a Background check completed by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
6. Fill out the application on the BACB website submitting documentation for all of the above.
7. Pass the RBT Multiple-Choice Examination at a Pearson Testing Center.

Only the ATCC Full RBT Credentialing Program offers ALL of these requirements in one place.

6. How much does it cost to become an RBT?
This depends on if you become an RBT with your employer or on your own. Some employers will pay for you to become an RBT after they hire you. Some people become RBTs on their own so they can get a job doing ABA therapy for the first time. In this case, you will need to find a company that provides the 40-hour RBT training & also find a BCBA who will complete both your Competency Assessment and Background Check. Many students choose to enroll in ATCC’s Full RBT Credentialing program because it includes ALL of the necessary requirements to become an RBT with BACB. See pricing information on the Full RBT Credentialing Program page.

7. How long does it take to become an RBT?
It is reasonable to plan on a 6-month process to become a fully certified RBT with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Although, it is possible to become an RBT in as little as just a few weeks, most students take 30-60 days to complete their 40-hour RBT curriculum, another month to complete their Competency Assessment / Background Check with a BCBA & during the final month successfully pass the Multiple-Choice Exam with the BACB.

8. What are the 3 biggest mistakes students make when trying to become an RBT?
Mistake 1: Taking a 40-hour RBT course from a company that does not offer the Competency Assessment and Background Check with a BCBA. Many RBT students find it very difficult (sometimes impossible) to find a BCBA who is available to provide their necessary Competency Assessment. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you secure a BCBA who will complete your Competency Assessment before starting a 40-hour RBT course with any organization. ATCC Full RBT Credentialing Program.

Mistake 2: When taking the 40-hour RBT course online, it is a mistake to multi-task and do other things while the videos are playing. Success with the highly technical science of ABA requires paying attention to the lessons and taking notes to study from later.

Mistake 3: Taking longer than 180 days to complete the 40-hour RBT training. The BACB has a requirement that the duration of the training must be at least 5 days but not more than 180 days. Taking longer than 180 days will invalidate the training.

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The Beloved Token Economy

The beloved Token Economy is a tried & true behavior management technique!

A Token Economy is an implementation technique for Positive Reinforcement, the backbone of ABA Therapy. Give a child something they love for behaving the way you want them to and you will see that desired behavior skyrocket!

You don’t have to have a degree in economics to understand it, it’s simple! Learners earn tokens (stars, stickers, tickets, etc.) for displaying a desired behavior. They then exchange the tokens for a larger prize (candy, iPad, fun activity time, etc.).

token-economy-example

THE PROCESS:
1. Decide on the specific amount of tokens your learner will need to earn in order to obtain their reinforcer. (Beginner learners should have very few, while advanced learners can work for more tokens over an extended period of time).

2. Give your learner a choice of larger reinforcers and let them decide which one they want to work for that day. (This is a crucial step. If your learner is not motivated to work for the reinforcer, little behavior change will occur).

3. If possible, explain to your learner the expected behavior required to earn tokens. For some learners, it will help to know what desired behavior you will be watching for them to display. This is not a requirement for a Token Economy to be successful. Some learners will begin to understand the Token Economy after it has gone into effect and the Differential Reinforcement taking place will positively affect your child’s behavior with no explanation ever needing to take place.

4. Give your learner a token immediately after you see them engage in the desired behavior. Tell your learner why they have received the token. For example “Wow Johnny! You just earned another token for staying in your seat during the movie!”

5. Once your learner has obtained all of the required tokens, give your learner their big prize with a whole lot of positive praise for a job well done.

When done correctly, a Token Economy can be successful with just about anyone. It has been proven to be very effective for students with special needs. It is also an Evidence Based Practice (EBP) for children with autism.

One reason that a Token Economy is so effective is due to the fact that the learner can visually see the progress they are making. This Visual Support (EBP) can be calming because the learner knows what is going to happen next. Token Economy is also a great way to teach delayed gratification, because the student must wait for all tokens to be obtained before the big prize is received.

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Token Economy boards are easy to make. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen. Even a post-it note will work to create a discreet token board for an older learner. If you’d like to make a reusable version, you can get creative with laminated paper, a white board pen, Velcro and stickers of your learner’s favorite cartoon characters.

Give it a try! Learn more by visiting Autism Therapy Career College.

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Why we love Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin is one of the most influential people in the world of Autism and if you’ve never heard of Dr. Temple Grandin, let me introduce you to her…

Dr. Temple Grandin is one of the most influential people in the world of Autism. Being that she has the diagnosis, she is able to speak easily about how her experiences living with Autism have affected her, explaining in detail why individuals with Autism behave the way they do and how to help them. Not only has she contributed tremendously in the field of Autism research and treatment, but she’s a professor of animal science. Dr. Temple Grandin has fought tirelessly to improve the treatment of livestock on cattle ranches, including inventing animal handling systems intended to ease the fear and pain of animals in meat packing plants.

For all the incredible work that she does, Dr. Temple Grandin has received numerous rewards and honors over the years.

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In September 2017 she earned another well deserved notch on her cowgirl belt and it’s a big one! Dr. Temple Grandin was one of September 2017’s inductees into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, an honor given to other remarkable women such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks.

Dr. Temple Grandin has helped the world see the potential children with Autism have to be productive citizens and do great things with their lives, and she believes a well-structured ABA therapy program can help in making these achievements possible. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be a part of the Autism Therapy field which contributes so greatly to changing the lives of children with Autism?

Autism Therapy Career College can make it happen!