Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®)


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Course Descriptions

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®.

Course Sequence
Course 1 IHS 465: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Course 2 IHS 466: Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Treatments
Course 3 IHS 467: Social Skills
Course 4 IHS 473: Advanced Principles of ABA
Course 5 IHS 474: Applications of ABA: Functional Analysis and Ethics

IHS 465 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), including Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Asperger's Syndrome, are common, occurring in 1 in 110 individuals. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, ASDs impact social interactions and communication skills. The types of ASDs range in severity from very low functioning, associated with significant cognitive deficits and highly disruptive behaviors, to very high functioning, associated with highly gifted intelligence and "quirky" behaviors. This course introduces students to the neurology, symptoms, diagnostic criteria, causes, biomedical treatments, and behavioral interventions, as well as to the impact on individuals with an ASD, families, friends, school districts, the economy, and society with regard to functioning, coping, prognosis, and outcomes.

IHS 466 - Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Treatment
This course is designed to introduce the current research-based interventions in the field of autism that include applied behavior analysis (verbal behavior, discrete trial instruction, picture communication, Pivotal Response Training, Competent Learner Model), TEACCH, and social skills. Students will gain a general understanding of applied behavior analysis principles and how they can be used across multiple environments (home, school, early intervention, clinics) to address the various social, behavioral and communication deficits of individuals with autism.
IHS 465 is strongly recommended prior to or concurrently with this course.

IHS 467 - Social Skills Development in Autism
Social skills are learned behaviors that individuals need to successfully navigate social interactions and relationships. This course introduces students to a variety of approaches for assessing and improving the social skills of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A variety of empirically validated methodologies will be discussed, including incidental teaching; video modeling; social stories; and using textual cues. Students will learn to apply these methodologies to teach skills such as joint attention, greetings, conversations, social play, self-awareness, perspective-taking, critical thinking, developing friendships, and community and home success.
IHS 465 is strongly recommended prior to or concurrently with this course.

IHS 473 - Advanced Principles of ABA
This course is designed to expand upon the previously learned concepts of behavior analysis and connect it to the practical world for teachers and educators. In this course, students will gain an understanding of how to use the principles and practices of applied behavioral management in the classroom. Classroom-based examples and practices firmly grounded in research will be discussed. This course will address identifying target behavior, collecting and graphing data, functional assessment, experimental design, arranging antecedents and consequences, generalizing behavior change, and the importance of ethical considerations in using applied behavior analysis in the classroom. Students will also have the opportunity to analyze classroom examples that show teachers using applied behavior analysis techniques in different settings.
Prerequisites: IHS 465, IHS 466, and IHS 467.

IHS 474 - Applications of ABA: Functional Analysis and Ethics
This course is designed to expand upon the previously learned concepts of behavior analysis and will present the student with information on observation, data collection, and data interpretation. Students will learn the methods for obtaining descriptive data and the procedures for conducting systematic manipulations. Functional assessments and analysis of individual behaviors will be a primary focus. Specific single subject experimental designs will be discussed. The ethical considerations inherent in behavioral assessment, treatment, and research will be reviewed.
Prerequisites: IHS 465, IHS 466, IHS 467, and IHS 473.