A Responsibilities and Duties: The primary responsibility of the ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Technician is to work directly with the children and adolescents served by CLO’s North Star Academy. Many of these children and adolescents are diagnosed with autism or other intellectual or developmental disabilities and have substantial skill deficits and engage in severe problem behavior. Under the supervision of licensed/certified and experienced clinicians, the ABA Technician implements child/adolescent-specific behavior management procedures and skill acquisition programs. Specific duties include:
Assisting the children and adolescents served by NSA to increase their independence by developing skills in various activities of daily living (e.g., meal time behaviors, toileting, hygiene routines) according to formal plans and as natural opportunities arise, using approved techniques/procedures;
Assisting the children and adolescents served by NSA to increase their vocal and non-vocal (e.g., sign language, PECS, software-based) communication skills, according to formal plans and as natural opportunities arise, using approved techniques/procedures;
Assisting the children and adolescents served by NSA to reduce problem behavior (e.g., aggression, self-injurious behavior) and learn appropriate replacement behaviors by implementing approved behavior management procedures;
Assisting the children and adolescents served by NSA in accessing the community through planned outings and vocational rehabilitation opportunities;
Assisting the children and adolescents served by NSA to acquire skills that will be necessary for a transition to less restrictive setting, according to formal plans and as natural opportunities arise, using approved techniques/procedures;
Documenting the efficacy of behavior management and skill acquisition programs by recording accurate data, summarizing those data into data management applications (e.g., Excel), and visually analyzing and reviewing those data regularly with supervisors.
Maintaining physical and electronic files and other materials for the children and adolescents served by NSA, according to NSA procedures;
Participating in various staff and team meetings, as well as meetings with other members of the interdisciplinary team;
Additional responsibilities assigned as circumstances arise.
Accountability: The ABA Technician will be directly accountable to the Director of North Star Academy or his/her designee.
B Qualifications: The ABA Technician position requires:
1. A high school diploma (or equivalent); Bachelor’s degree preferred;
2. Experience working with individuals with autism, other intellectual or developmental disabilities, and/or severe problem behavior preferred;
3. An interest in developing skills related to applied behavior analysis, function-based assessment and treatment of problem behavior, data-driven programming, research-supported approaches to skill acquisition, and behavioral research;
4. Ability to communicate effectively through verbal and written mediums;
5. Ability to pass all NSA-specific competency checks.
6. Ability to maintain a neutral affect and professional composure in the midst of chaotic situations;
7. Ability to assist individuals with personal care tasks, including toileting routines, with sensitivity and age- and skill-appropriate privacy;
8. Ability to perform standard first aid and CALM procedures including, but not limited to, repetitive lifting, kneeling, bending, stooping, blocking, reaching, grasping, pushing, and pulling motions;
9. Ability to pass the CLO’s physical and agility tests;
10. Ability to repetitively lift significant amounts of weight and ability to perform unassisted transfers of children and adolescents with limited motor skills;
11. Ability to work as part of a team, including flexibility and adaptability in regards to daily task assignments;
Ability to operate a motor vehicle, which includes proof of a valid driver’s license, an ability to maintain automobile liability insurance as required by state law in