The supervisor verifying your fieldwork will be required to do so using the online verification system acknowledging their credentials and checking off each of the requirements of supervised fieldwork. They will need to be in a position to verify 1 (one) hour of supervision for every 10 hours of independent supervised fieldwork.

Candidates may not start accumulating Supervised Independent Fieldwork until they have started completing approved coursework required to meet the QASP and ABAT requirements.

ABAT Supervised Fieldwork must include the following areas: 

Data Collection

  • Demonstrate understanding of continuous data collection techniques such as frequency recording, episodic severity and duration recording.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of discontinuous data collection techniques such as  momentary time sampling and  partial interval recording
  • Demonstrate how graphs can be used in behavioral support.

Implementation of Behavior Support and Skill Acquisition Plans

  • Implement strategies to overcome skill and performance deficits
  • Implement naturalistic teaching methods
  • ABAT candidate will demonstrate the steps in preparing for a session

Principles of working with Autism Effectively

  • Identify the different sources of sensory information
  • Explain the impact of different sensory challenges for people with Autism.
  • Identify events that can increase anxiety for people with Autism, and techniques they can use to manage this.
  • Define restrictive problem solving.
  • Evaluate the validity of different biomedical approaches to mitigate the effects of Autism.
  • Identify appropriate indicators to use to signify transitioning.
  • Identify ways to enable smoother transitions between activities.
  • Explain what visual supports are, and how they are used.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the goal of visual supports.
  • Identify the different types of cards that can be used, and the purpose of each.

Treating Individuals with Challenging Behaviors

  • Identify and evaluate the concepts of Proactive and Reactive Models of Behavior Support
  • Identify the Phases of Behavior
  • Describe the role of the ABAT during any of the Phases Of Behavior
  • Explain the concept of Episodic Severity and apply these skills to a scenario
  • Identify primary and secondary reinforcement
  • Demonstrate a understanding on how to implement different types of Reinforcement
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a 3-Part Contingency

Fieldwork that does NOT qualify as supervised hours include:

  • Attending Meetings that are not specific to the person centered planning process
  • Implementation of plans that are not based in evidenced based practice
  • Documentation other than data collection, progress notes, graphs, and other necessary paperwork related to the person centered planning process

Purpose of Supervision: 

1. Demonstration of skills related to observation and measurement of behaviors and skills acquisition

2. Demonstration of an understanding of advocacy, professionalism and ethical behavior

3. Opportunities to learn and demonstrate a working knowledge of the mechanisms and strategies for effectively supporting individuals                   diagnosed with Autism to learn new skills and behaviors

4. Demonstrate an understanding of implementation strategies such as:

  • Task Analyzed chaining procedures
  • Discrimination training
  • Stimulus control transfer
  • Stimulus fading
  • Prompt and prompt fading

5. Implement ABA treatment options that will best provide an individual with alternative ways of communicating his/her needs in an                           appropriate, non-challenging ways.

6. Demonstrate a working knowledge of how to apply the principles of non-aversive treatment models ahead of aversive options.

7. Demonstrate a working knowledge of how to use Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT) when teaching individuals new skills, behaviors and                         competencies.

8. Demonstrate a working knowledge of, how to use PRT as an integral part of a multi-elemented ABA treatment plan.

9. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the functional analysis as an integral element of the behavior analysis process.