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BCBA Tips LXXXIX

 

 

Reliefmap of Australia
Reliefmap of Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The May 2015 results are up! I hope all is well.

And this reminds me that I should really, really, start posting the tips I hoarded over the past few crops…

I will post as fast as I can…

Here is one, from Dianne, a close friend of mine…

Great stuff, no editing needed…

 

“Many people have already given tips on how to study or how to prepare for the exam, so I am not going to re-hash that information. I am not going to tell you to read Cooper, I am not going to tell you to BDS modules.

 

“I didn’t actually study for the exam. The day before the test I reviewed some notes and that is all. I have not read Cooper front to back, and I have not done any prep modules at all. I took the BCaBA exam, and passed, I then took the BCBA exam a few months later and I passed.

 

“I am very fortunate that I have been in this field for a long time, over 15 years without having taken a single course or class in ABA. I fell into this field as my background is in physical education, curriculum development and physiotherapy. I stumbled into ABA and I fell in love with it. My life is Behaviour Analysis. In Australia there is no requirement to be a BCBA or BCaBA to deliver services, sadly anyone can call himself or herself a behaviour analyst, behaviour therapist or ABA therapist. Hopefully with our new Association for Behaviour Analysis here, we will be able to make a difference.

 

“To be able to take the exam as I did a Masters degree in Linguistics, I took the Florida Tech classes and they were fantastic.

 

In my humble opinion, the best preparation for the exam and more importantly becoming a good and well-rounded therapist, interventionist and Behaviour Analyst and then specialist are the people you learn from and surround yourself with.

 

“So here I am going to give you some tips on what to look for in mentors, supervisors and people that you learn from. These are totally arbitrary and I made them up!

 

  1. People have strengths in different areas. Have more than one supervisor.
  2. If you have an area of interest find a supervisor who specialises in this area. For me this was RFT, so I found a supervisor who was experienced in that area.
  3. Your supervisor should take baseline data on your skills, give specific feedback, evaluate you again and take data.
  4. Interview your supervisor, they are crucial in developing your skill set.
  5. I know for many people cost is a big factor, but keep in mind that often you get what you pay for.
  6. When I first learned about BA, I was on a ton of mailing lists, lurking. I learned so much from people posting questions. I tried to think of what my answer would be and then read others’ responses. If there was a term I didn’t know or understand I’d look it up.
  7. I cannot stress enough, have more than one supervisor. Someone who specializes in
    1. Discrete Trial Training
    2. Natural Environment Training
    3. PECS or other AAC
    4. Relational Frame Theory (RFT)
    5. Verbal Behaviour
    6. Conducting Functional Analyses and reducing problem behaviour
    7. Organisational Behaviour Management (specifically for BCBAs)
    8. Ethics
    9. Research and data taking
    10. I am sure there are more areas!

 

“Some sample questions to ask a potential supervisor (I will tailor the questions specifically for people who are looking to gain experience in working with children with special needs)

 

  1. How long have you been in the field? How long have you been a BCBA?
  2. Why are you in this field? What do you like/love about it?
  3. Which companies have you worked for?
  4. Who was your mentor/supervisor and what have you learned from him/her?
  5. How many people have you supervised?
  6. What is the pass rate for the people that you have supervised?
  7. What are your specific interests?
  8. How many children have you worked with directly and written programs for?
  9. What would you consider your strengths and are there areas you consider yourself weak in?
  10. Do you have a current mentor that could supervise me in the areas that you feel that you are weaker in?
  11. What are your expectations of me as a supervisee?
  12. What is the process of supervision? (This should typically involve base line data, video or observation of direct skills, initially it should also involve behavioural skills training and geared specifically to meet the task list)
  13. Do you use a specific curriculum to train me? If not, how do you set goals and targets for my development?
  14. Can you provide assistance with test preparation and provide mock exams?
  15. How much is your hourly rate and what is included? Can you send me a copy of your supervision agreement for me to have a look at?
  16. Is there anything that I haven’t mentioned that you can offer me?

 

“Lastly, this field is evolving and passing the exam is just the start, it is a minimum requirement. Don’t be a mediocre Behaviour Analyst, strive to be the best you can be. This includes continuing to learn from peers, people who know more. You can make the world a better place by changing one behaviour at a time but only if you try everything in your power to be the best behaviour analyst you can be.

 

“I also want to thank my mentors that have guided, helped me and taught me over the years as I wouldn’t be here without them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BCBA Study Tips LXXXVIII

 This is the best one I could find… 88

Here Comes Number 88!!!

Well, I promised Mrs. Linsao that she would be no. 88 and I struggled to find one more tips… and so now I simply cut and paste the whole thing… and guess who turns 1 today! Happy Birthday, M-man!

“Hello Behavior Jedi!

“Now that I have put both my kids to bed, I can finally post some tips on how I prepared for the BCBA exam. A little background first: I received my Masters degree in psychology and I spent most of my training as an MFT (marriage and family therapist) focusing on behavioral therapy and ABA techniques to modify my client’s behaviors. I actually started out as a behavior tutor at a private agency in Redwood City working with children with autism. Sadly, I left as a result of my graduate program requiring me to obtain hours at a practicum. I have worked with children since I was 18 years old and was always fascinated on how one could manipulate behaviors. After I spent a few years in grad school and became licensed as an MFT, I went back into the world of ABA (which was always my intention after completing my goal of receiving my masters and MFT license). This is something I have done for 12 years and I was “doing” ABA before I even knew what ABA was. This was something I lived for years and only until I graduated from my masters program and entered the FIT ABA 5 course sequence program was I able to learn the language of the interventions I have been using for years. I absolutely loved learning about the protocols, FAA’s, etc. To me, knowing and understanding what the terms were helped me much more than knowing the “language of ABA.” Fluency and mastery is key as well as conceptualization and application. I’m generally a very introverted person so I often covertly will look at live situations and think about them in my head how ABA would work. That is just how I learn-I cannot “think out loud” or explain terms to people-that was for sure an AO for me (I do not like audiences but am working on this!).

“Now with that background, I spent Oct. 2012 until Jan. 2014 completing the FIT ABA certification classes. Those classes really helped me refine what I already knew but with actual textbooks, definitions, etc. I loved it all. In the meantime, I had just passed my MFT license exams (one in Nov. 2012 and the second in Dec. 2012). I got pregnant with my second child in September of 2013 and prior to that I was diagnosed with post partum depression. My second pregnancy was a very unpleasant and difficult one, but I refused any psychiatric medications. My father in law had a heart attack in Jan of 2014, he had triple bypass surgery, and then 48 hours after his surgery he went into cardiac arrest. He is still currently in a non responsive state. My son was born on May 31st, 2014-the day I scheduled my exam for which I cancelled 4 days prior on his estimated due date when I realized he was not coming on time! That was also the last day I spent studying.

“From June 1st until August 21st. I had absolutely no time to study or prepare for the August exam with a colicky newborn boy, a 2.5 year old active girl, and trying to purchase a new home . But, I told myself that I will go ahead and take the exam without any expectations. If I knew my stuff, then I’ll pass. If I didn’t, then I’ll study harder and try again. Attitude going into the exam is very important to me (I went into the MFT exams with the same attitude: no expectations). This helped tremendously with the test anxiety-I had NO test anxiety. I completed the entire exam in 2 hours, spend the next hour reviewing the 55 marked questions by going through those and unmarking the ones that I felt confident with, which left me with about 20 marked. I went through those 20 and again unmarked those that I felt confident and then I ended up with about 7 that I guessed on. I still had an hour left, so I used 40 minutes going over the entire exam 3 times. I caught a handful that I misread the question and that helped with realizing that reading the question carefully will make a difference on choosing the best answer!

“Test preps I used:

1. BDS Modules-this was NOT for me. I started feeling pressured to get the fluency and mastery so I stopped doing them after 2 weeks in. I learned nothing from them and it just made me more nervous!

2. FIT Guided Review-very helpful in discovering that there are fine discriminations you need to know to help you master the exam!

3. PASS THE BIG ABA EXAM-5 week Remote Workshop-this was helpful on my focus and studying schedule with the chaos that was going on around me. I needed this structure and I needed the impending deadlines each week to keep me motivated on completing my study tasks! I also did the weekend mock exam which really helped me on getting more practice in on reading questions carefully and fluency! The test is timed and as you read, I was able to complete the entire exam in 2 hours and spend almost the entire other 2 hours really looking over ones I was not sure of and rereading a lot of the questions 2, 3, and 4 times.

“I did not crack open any textbooks during this time. I also credit that I have had prior history of test taking in similar environment and setting (I had to do it twice for the MFT licensure!). That prior history really helped me with knowing what to expect at the testing center and how the computers will be set up and so on. It also prepared me for coping with the pressure of timed exams!

“That’s all I have for now. I did everything I could possibly do under the circumstances I had and did my best. And I believed in myself and believed I knew this stuff even if others may not think I knew a lot (since I was not one to overtly show people how much I knew). Now, I can relax and enjoy being a mommy to a BCBAby (term coined by behavior jedi)! I will eventually have a blog up, when I find time. Hopefully soon. I will let you know.

Amy Linsao
Fairfield, CA”

Thank you very much, Amy! Sorry it took so long… but hey I got it done… and guys, look at Amy! She studied hard and then she had to take a break to care for her newborn baby… and still she still got it done! It’s not easy but it can be done! Live, breathe and love ABA!

It took months to finally finishing posting all the great tips from the August 2014 crop… maybe I can build up some momentum?

May the desired consequence be with you!

 

BCBA study tips LXXIX

 

Katie Bauer

“The first time I used bds and completed them to 100% and it was useless to me. This time around I would dedicate 2-3 hours a day to study looking over cooper understanding terms talking things over with my Bcbas that I work with and things that helped them. I sat through a few of the autism global projects lecture on tips to pass the exam. What really helped me the most this time, I paid for some private tutoring sessions with Andrew Houvourous he is a co- instructor at FIT but it was not affiliated with FIT he was just doing it on his own. Sooooo helpful!!! He really made me feel confident and helped tighten up some terminology for me, extremely intelligent guy when it comes to behavior and very passionate about the field. Great experience!! I also did FITs mock exam.

“Oh and I used Pass the Big ABA exam manual as well this was a huge help as well!

“I loved the manual!! So helpful! I really didn’t look into the course… too expensive and I already had invested in a lot of things… not sure what you are looking for in a bio- I am working as a Lead Care Team Member for an in home ABA company I am planning on interviewing with them for the BCBA position this week in Chicago. Love this company and I have been with them for 3 years I plan on staying with them or in a couple of years move to florida or california or maybe even australia for a change of pace!”

Funny enough, I think we got tips from all 3 potential destinations Katie mentioned (search these places, something SHOULD show up) Relocation, anyone?

Congrats to Katie Bauer, BCBA!

 

 

 

BCBA Study Tips LXXIII – Oops Edition

Mi Culpa!!!

I thought I had done sharing the great tips from our May crop… guess what? I missed Angela’s tip! My apologies to Angela and you all. I will let her take the stage.

Angela Bratcher of MO

“I did the BDS modules, and also bought the pass the big ABA exam manual. I also spent alot of time reading the cooper book! Just some things I did not find helpful were the FIT mock exams since they don’t really tell you what you need to work on and the Pass the Big ABA weekend session since it covered most of what the manual was already going over”

Thank you, Angela for sharing your tips!

We will resume our August crop next time!

BCBA Study Tips LXXI

 

English: CSUSB
English: CSUSB (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Wrapping up the May Crop

 

Like I said, I am posting the last tips from our May BCBA tips… and I did say that I had something back-to-back in store. Tuesday I posted the tips from Lana. And today I have Dawnyelle. These two formed a great, great friendship, no, I should say SISTERHOOD during their time studying for the exam. So there we are, take it away, Dawnyelle!

 

Dawnyelle DeLongchamp, of CA

 

“How did I pass the BCBA Exam? The first and foremost reason was my belief in God and the peace He was able to give me during my study period. I woke up every morning reading the ‘Jesus Calling’ devotionals, prayed and thanked the Lord all day long for the opportunity to take and pass this test.

 

“Here’s a little info on my background: I was born in and have never left Southern California. I went to CSUSB and graduated with a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Special Education. I started my career as a Special Education Teacher and was in that position for approximately 8 years. I then went to CBU and graduated with my PPS credential and a Master’s in School Psychology. I started working as a District School Psychologist. This has been my current job for the past 7 years. To further my expertise in the field, I took the BCBA courses from FIT.

 

“How did I pass the BCBA?

 

Time Spent:

 

5-6 months before: 20-30 minutes a day 5x/week.

 

3-4 months before: 2-3 hours per day 5x/week.

 

2 months before: 5-7 hours a day 6x/week.

 

1 month before: 8-10+ hours a day/6-7x per week.

 

FIT (online courses) really prepared me and gave me a solid foundation in behavior analysis. With every course I made notecards from all of the PowerPoint slides presented. I started studying these notecards approximately 5 months before the exam. Through FIT, I also received many helpful study materials including ASR’s (active student response) which are applied scenario questions. Very helpful! I strongly recommend FIT!

 

  1. I had an awesome BCBA Supervisor! He lives, speaks, breathes ABA! This is key in becoming competent behavior analysts. You do by what you see, how you are taught, and how you practice.
  2. Two months before my exam, I ordered the BDS modules. I completed them to 100% in 3 weeks. Yes, I did memorized. However, I really feel BDS helped me on the actual exam in content and fluency. (https://www.behaviordevelopmentsolutions.com/)
  3. I ordered the Pass the BIG ABA EXAM manual and started studying it 6 weeks before the exam. I took it by chapter and studied until I understood all concepts presented. I made additional notecards for acronyms and AKA’s. I completed the whole manual. One week before the test, I went back through reviewed a chapter a day and took the chapter test (without looking back) and kept taking it until I had 100%. (http://passthebigabaexam.com/)
  4. About 5 weeks before the exam I joined several ABA Facebook groups (i.e. Students of Applied Behavior Analysis). I started following the “Behavior Jedi” and read all of the tips on his site (http://simpleaba.com/). He then helped me get hooked up in a private study group on FB. This group was amazing. What helped me most were the 100’s of sample applied questions posted. Not only would I answer the questions posted but, I also started posting my own scenario questions as well. I believe this was one of the key things that helped me really truly understand (not just memorize) ABA. I also realized I really like and have a knack for posting questions. Look for my study/guide and mock tests on Amazon soon!
  5. I printed out relevant articles and read them off and on throughout my studying. Helpful articles included: Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis (1968); An Implicit Technology of Generalization (1977); Right to Effective Behavioral Treatment (1989); Toward a Functional Analysis of Self-Injury (1994); and Functional Analysis of Problem Behavior: A Review (2003).
  6. I downloaded from FB, Mock questions/ASR’s from a BCBA professor from FIT on FB and went through and studied them. https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxsZWFybmFiYXxneDo0ZDQyZDliYTUzOTRlMGEw
  7. About 3 weeks before my exam, I signed up for and went to the live 2-day PASS the BIG ABA Exam Mock test. This helped me focus on what areas I still needed to study. It also gave me confidence in the areas I was strong in. I used these mock exam’s as study tools up until the day of the exam. (http://passthebigabaexam.com/)
  8. I started posting terms/concepts I had difficulty with around the house- in the bathroom, on the refrigerator, etc.
  9. I ordered and studied the Mark Valley BCBA prep book. This has two practice exams in it. Not all of the answers are accurate (3-5 inaccurate out of 300). However, after studying it was very obvious which ones were inaccurate. This helped me with fluency! (http://www.amazon.com/BCBA-BCaBA-Exam-Preparation-Part/dp/1477565337)
  10. I studied all Cooper quizzes online (http://wps.prenhall.com/chet_cooper_appliedbeh_2/) and Cooper chapter tests (I had received from my supervisor).
  11. For two months before the test (before I went to bed), I read the Bailey and Burch: Ethics for Behavior Analysts book. (http://www.amazon.com/Ethics-Behavior-Analysts-2nd-Expanded/dp/0415880300/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411749631&sr=1-1&keywords=ethics+for+bcba)
  12. The weekend before my test, I Skyped online with another student from the FB study group. We had two 12 hour study sessions. We went over every content area line by line and wouldn’t move on until we could give each other samples and scenarios in each area. This was an amazing experience!
  13. I listened to all of the Global Autism Project videos on youtube. (https://www.youtube.com/user/globalautismproject)
  14. The day before my test, my mom and I drove to the testing site and found exactly where I needed to go so I wouldn’t have the stress of getting loss the next day. Afterwards, we prayed together and went out to lunch. That night I had a formal business dinner for my husband’s job. Once I got home I briefly reviewed FIT materials that I had left out by my bedside.
  15. I cumulated and created a long list of tips before the Big Day! (email me for these: dawnyelledelongchamp@gmail.com)
  16. BCBA EXAM DAY: I got up early read ‘Jesus Calling’ (Amazon.com/Jesus Calling Amazon) and prayed nonstop. I ate a light breakfast and left. As I drove to the testing location I prayed the whole way! As I walked in, I had a peace that I know could only come from Jesus! They took my picture, patted me down, checked my pockets, took my fingerprints, and finally sat me at my computer. About half way through I took a restroom break and continued to pray. When I reached #103, I realized if I didn’t click right on the next button my answers were changing to “D.” In fact, where ever I would click on the screen my answers would move around. I started to panic and went back about 20 questions to make sure my answers hadn’t changed. About 5 of them had. I decided at that point to complete the test first and then go back. I completed the test with only 20 minutes to spare. I started at number one and only got to 18 when time ran out. I walked out feeling defeated and not knowing if all of my original answers had stuck or if there had in fact been a computer technical error with my other questions. When I came out of the testing center my parents surprised me and were waiting with flowers. I told my mom what had happened and we sat and cried together. I put everything I had into studying for this exam. I went home feeling very upset. I continued to pray and put all of my trust and faith in God knowing whichever way the results came that there was a plan for me and I would thank Him either way! My husband and I were celebrating our 17th Anniversary in Cancun when the “PASSING” results came. We both held each other and cried, saying over and over, “Thank you Jesus!”

 

“My Future Plans: Complete my Study Guide/Mock Exam’s Book and Publish! Interact and help others to study for the BCBA. Continue to live, breathe, study, and apply ABA EVERYDAY!

 

“Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

 

 Dawnyelle A. DeLongchamp, M.S., BCBA

 

There you have it, the 16 tips from Dawnyelle! She planned it 6 months prior to the exam! See how she gradually shaped her studying behavior! There is NO QUICK FIX to it! Premarck yourself! Work that EO! Work that AO!

 

I linked most, if not all, the books and exam prep materials. The ones on Amazon are affiliated links. Let me know if you need help looking for the articles.

 

May tips done, August tips coming!

 

May the desired consequence be with you!

 

 

 

 

 

BCBA Study Tips LXX

English: The Brooklyn Bridge, seen from Manhat...
English: The Brooklyn Bridge, seen from Manhattan, New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Halloween is only days away… Kaitlynn Gokey, aka the Kait Lady, one of the many fine FIT co-instructors asks a few questions on Halloween over on the FB group, go check it out!

And Halloween is coming… so November is just around the corner…  I have two great, great, great tips posts which I will HAVE TO go back-back this week.

Let me start with Lana Revutsky of Brooklyn, New York. Remember awhile back I was pushing to roll out some May crop (and failed)? I was hoping to send her to her world travel tour in July but sith happens… anyway, here she is, back from overseas… smarter, stronger and more determined than ever. Take it away, Lana!

“I started studying 3 months out of my big exam. I first started with the BDS modules all the while obsessively combing through my FIT notes and aligning them with the task list. I had a filled out task list that someone shared with me but left it at traffic court where I beat a cell-phone ticket. In hind sight, this was a monetary fair trade agreement with the universe, as I ended up buying the Pass the Big ABA Exam manual which was the same price as my now beaten ticket. 9 hour Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night study sessions that mostly ended in my yelling at the CHH book, pacing in my office reciting facts and UMO’s while writing enough notes to render several dozen pens useless and provided a well exercised and well defined right forearm is how I think I passed this exam. I split the task list according the BACB website and attacked each section like someone trying to get home on an overcrowded 6pm train in NYC I gave myself 2 weeks per content area and left 9/10 for the last as it combines many terms and concepts from the other areas. I had many conversations on the FB’s Students of ABA. 15 hour study sessions with a new but now very dear friend and of course combed the internet for some magic formula that someone else used to pass. DON’T DO THAT! You will only make yourself crazy! The last 3 weeks before my exam turned into the craziest weeks of my life. I wrote a 15 page grant for my company, lost 10 pounds, slept 3 hours a night, and cried daily (I’m not even sure how I didn’t wither away from dehydration) The only advice I can give anyone tackling this mammoth of an exam is: it’s a marathon not a race. Pace yourself. Apologize in advance to all the humans in your life because maybe as I did, you’ll morph into some crazy version of yourself. Read the Cooper chapter summarizes. Do BDS. I repeat DO BDS! Don’t memorize them, really do them, take notes on concepts you don’t get, and discuss them with someone. Give your brain some breaks. I mean it! 12-hour study sessions are for college students hopped up on 2 pots of coffee! If its possible buy the Pass the Big ABA exam study manual, the Pass the Big ABA exam marathon weekend, and their mock exams. The manual will forever sit on my desk as a reference guide and their mock weekend scared me enough to study like a squirrel that only started to collect nuts in November. Lastly, just breath. Throw your weight at it. And remember its just a test. Not who you are and what you bring into this world.”

WOW! Thanks, Lana! Prepare, prepare, prepare, and be prepared! She knew it was going to be a huge battle physically, mentally and emotionally! And she did it!

Congrats and thank you, Lana!

We have one more from the May crop this week and we will move on to the August peeps.

BCBA Study Tips LXIX

The far-famed Georgetown loop of the Colorado ...
The far-famed Georgetown loop of the Colorado Central Railroad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lori Fry-Larson of CO

“I was not successful with BDS. The PASS THE BIG ABA manual, going through each task and writing notes with examples, safemeds, and the FIT mock exams.”

See not everything works for you… everyone studies differently and you need to adjust. Lori did just that. She worked hard and found what worked for her.

There are many other tips posted here (search BCBA, how to)… check them out and see which of our friends’ tips works for you!

May the desired consequence be with you!

***Boo-boo Update***

Here is Lori:

“I currently live in Indiana. I plan to continue my work as an Autism Consultant for a school district, and build my private clientele on the side.”

New — Best School: FIT

JDSimple

New Post Category: Best ABA School

As I mentioned on a previous post, there are changes coming. Every now and then someone would ask, “where is the BEST school for ABA?” in the study group… and you have no idea how many suggestions I get on how to tackle that… and I have been thinking to make sure the focus of the group is on Applied Behavior Analysis, not just BCBA, or BACB. So, I have decided to create new categories for BCBA/BACB-related posts. I will start with the Best School ones and I will add Best Prep soon.

Since I went to FIT. It will be the first featured school.

FIT: Florida Institute of Technology

I already got my Master’s degree already when I decided to become a BCBA, so I needed something that was

1) fast (as the program would start as soon as possible)

2) online (I was not keen on going anywhere… homebody, anyone?)

3) affordable (education is an investment… True but it is still money)

to complete the BACB requirement. I looked at the BACB website and I found a few programs that met my needs but FIT stood out. Shortly after I decided to apply for the program. The staffers, led by Ms. Beverly Strickland, at the FIT ABA program did their best to help me with the application, technical support, financial aid… you name it, and they would help you! I am not kidding, they are dedicated to help you any way they can!

It is an online program, so there are certain amount of video lectures students have to catch up each week. Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz keeps it educational yet entertaining! He is BEYOND great!!! The examples he uses are just so simple and everyday! He is passionate about teaching and helping others! You just have to see it to believe it! It was such an honor to meet him in person at Chicago!

Wait, so you are worried that there’s a lack of interaction because FIT is 100% online? There are weekly meetings you must attend and the co-instructors are more than prepared to walk you through the course and answer any questions you throw at them! Some of the co-instructors are products of FIT themselves!!!

In fact, many of them are in the aforementioned study group on Facebook! Corey Robertson, aka Behavior Guy, is the one who gave me the idea to start the group. They are dedicated to spread the knowledge of ABA!

Well, I hope this is a good way to start something new and more schools will be featured soon. Friends, if you want to give your schools a shout-out, please let me know and I will be more than happy to do so. And yes, exam prep suggestions, anyone?

I believe this is better than seeing “where is the best ABA school” in the group every other day, no?

More to come! Stay tuned!

May the desired consequence be with you!

BCBA Study Tips LXVII

Petra Serafini of New York

“I purchased the BDS modules as my attempt to start studying. I worked on them for about 2-3 hours on week nights and maybe about 4-5 hours on the weekends. In addition to that I also read some of the Cooper chapters, especially one’s I did poorly on in BDS pre tests. About a week before the test I went through SAFMEDS and also went back through the modules and reviewed any that took 4 or more tries to reach the criterion. But most of all, I am just thankful for FIT, I honestly don’t think I would have been able to do it without having that as my foundation!”

“My future plans? Well about a month ago I accepted a position at a hospital as the first ABA person (they were willing to hire me before receiving my certification). I am currently working on revamping their programs on the units (especially with the little ones) to make them run more smoothly. I started doing basis ABA training for staff and just being present to provide behavioral supports. The hospital uses a lot of restraints and seclusions for behavior management and I am int he process of changing that!