In Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, a “treatment team” is the group of individuals that work together to achieve goals and improve the patient’s quality of life. The treatment team works collaboratively to:
- Assess the needs of the patient
- Develop a plan that works towards desired outcomes
- Monitor and modify the plan, continued analysis, and feedback
Who Makes up the Treatment Team?
Behavior Analyst (BA): The BA conducts the assessment, writes the plan, oversees, manages and modifies the implementation of the plan, and conducts parent/caregiver training, among many other things.
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT): The RBT provides the direct implementation of the treatment plan.
Office/Administrative Staff: They are the rockstars behind the scenes that ensure insurance authorizations, scheduling, and billing happen accurately and on time. They help everyone stay organized and help keep lines of communication open between all involved.
Outside Providers and Educators: Provide other services and therapies, as well as education that often works alongside ABA.
Patient/Parents/Caregivers: Are at the core of the treatment team. They share their needs and ideas for treatment and provide continued insight and feedback.
What are the Qualities of a Good ABA Treatment Team?
Education & Training
It is important that those delivering ABA services have the required education to get started in the field and continue training and growing. Training should be ongoing and cover a wide variety of topics. This allows for a more well-rounded team.
Communication, Communication, and more Communication
This is key for a successful team. Team members need to practice effective communication for shared treatment goals, training, and better outcomes. Communication can also strengthen the team’s relationship and can help improve the team’s dynamics, cooperation, and collaboration.
Understanding that professionalism needs to be maintained across all treatment teams, as well as with patients and families is important. Professionalism in the treatment team is demonstrated through respect for each team member, reliability, punctuality, and maintaining high-quality standards.
There needs to be compassion from the treatment team—that desire and passion to want to help those served by the treatment team. Compassion can be shown through kindness and care.
How Do We Do This at Shaping Change?
At Shaping Change, we are looking to make a difference! Not only in the lives of those we work with but in our service delivery and quality of services.
Our staff are highly trained and continue to receive training, feedback, and professional development. Learning and growth should NEVER stop. We work to put effective ways to communicate in place from the beginning and work to coordinate care with other providers and educators to increase treatment outcomes and better all-around treatment. We emphasize professionalism as part of our high-quality standards and put our professionalism to practice every day. Compassion is at the heart of what we do, and we want to show our compassion to those we serve, the community, and the field of ABA.
We believe we can ALWAYS do better. We strive every day to constantly improve our services to provide the absolute best treatment and care to our patients, providers, educators, and the community.