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We call all team members who work directly with clients “therapists,” though they take on different roles within your child’s treatment plan. Trumpet typically assigns between 2 and 4 therapists to a child’s autism treatment team depending on the intensity of the services they will receive. Depending on the skills your child is developing, we’ll assign additional therapists to help. For example, if your child is learning to apply social skills to new environments and people, a new therapist may be added to your team to act as a “stranger.” One Board Certified Behavior Analyst is assigned to each team, and the rest of the team is usually composed of Registered Behavioral Technicians.
At Trumpet, every individual with autism is assigned a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to lead the ABA treatment. BCBAs are certified to practice ABA therapy and hold an M.A. or Ph.D. in the field. As the team leader, the BCBA conducts assessments, develops the treatment plan, supervises therapists and clinicians, provides training, and coordinates with medical professionals outside of Trumpet. To ensure every child receives effective ABA therapy, our BCBAs follow a structured routine that includes mapping out therapy plans 45 days in advance, holding 1-4 parent meetings per month, reviewing and modifying treatment plans, supervising therapists on a biweekly basis, and completing ongoing progress reports.
Registered Behavioral Technicians (RBTs) are commonly referred to as therapists by our families and staff. Therapists have been certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to provide ABA therapy. RBTs are the Trumpet team member families and children see most often, and they’ll work with your child between 2 and 5 times per week. RBTs use the treatment plan developed by the BCBA to teach new skills and reduce problem behavior through structured learning sessions and naturalistic learning strategies. RBTs also collect data on your child’s progress, which the BCBA uses to update and adjust the treatment plan.
There are many roles at Trumpet created to indirectly support the children and families we serve, including:
Trumpet retains a variety of autism therapists and support roles to ensure every family receives the high-quality autism services they deserve. To learn more about ABA therapy at Trumpet, contact us today.