Intervention Specialist- School
The Intervention Specialist is responsible for the direct implementation of behavior-analytic services to children with an autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability. Each student in the residential school is assigned a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who writes detailed individualized treatment plans. Within those plans are goals that target self-help, socialization, challenging behaviors, and adaptive skills for the student to work on each day. The Intervention Specialist is responsible for implementing these goals, and collecting data for each goal ran in collaboration with direct-care staff. Intervention specialists are also responsible for training and providing feedback to new hire staff in their environment, under the supervision of the BCBA. Intervention specialists require successful completion of a 40-hour online training and competency assessment by a BCBA.
- Maintain duties of direct-care staff including working directly with students, often in a 1:1 capacity.
- Support the lead paraeducator in monitoring the implementation of student schedules, instructional programming, and individualized treatment plans (ITPs) to ensure consistency and quality of programs.
- Monitor and support classroom staff in the absence of the lead paraeducator in areas such as staff assignments and maintaining integrity of programming.
- Maintain organization of data collection and input and graph any ABA paper data at the end of each shift.
- Ensure that student programming is run consistently and appropriately in the classroom in collaboration with the lead para, teacher, and BCBA.
- Train and develop new paraeducators in the classroom following the ABA training manual and activities, and assist the teacher and BCBA in training current paraeducators.
- Implement goals based on a BCBA evaluation and written individualized treatment plan, as well as skill acquisition plan to include:
- Social skills to enhance participation in family, school, and community activities (e.g., imitation, social initiations and response to adults and peers, parallel and interactive play with peers and siblings).
- Expressive verbal language, receptive language, and nonverbal communication skills.
- A functional symbolic communication system if appropriate.
- Increased engagement and flexibility in developmentally appropriate tasks and play, including the ability to attend to the environment and respond to an appropriate motivational system.
- Fine and gross motor skills used for age appropriate functional activities, as needed.
- Cognitive skills, including symbolic play and basic concepts
- Replacement of problem behaviors with more appropriate behaviors.
- Independent organizational skills and other socially appropriate behaviors that facilitate successful community integration (e.g., completing a task independently, following instructions in a group, asking for help).
- Maintain respect and confidentiality for all students.
- Build effective and meaningful rapport with lead paraeducator, teacher, direct-care staff, RBTs and other professionals in the School Residential Program to grow and learn from others within the department.
- Build effective and meaningful rapport with students and families, while maintaining professional boundaries.
- Collect data as written in treatment plan using Heartspring’s data collection system.
- Maintain professional and technical knowledge by implementing feedback as delivered by supervisor team.
- Complete all required documentation for use of restrictive procedures within 24 hours of incident.
- Meet or exceed billing/revenue targets as assigned by the Director of ABA and BCBA.
- Professionalism during the workday, including time management of indirect time and appropriate behaviors modeled for students.
- Assist in de-escalation of student behaviors, and communicate any behavioral issues with BCBA.
- Assist BCBA in conducting interviews and compiling data for functional behavior assessments.
- Assist BCBA with conducting behavioral assessments.
- Prompt and regular attendance is required.
- Participate and encourage ideas to enhance student engagement and programming.
- Follow Heartspring’s core values of excellence, service, celebration, possibilities, leadership, and integrity to ensure quality services for each child.
- Participate in community outings and jobs with direct-care staff and students.
- Other duties as assigned by the BCBA or Director of ABA Department.
- Provide a safe, clean, and nurturing environment that meets and/or exceeds all requirements set forth by Heartspring.
- Participate in in-services with other ABA and classroom staff.
- Maintain inventory of student reinforcers.
- Restore, reorganize, and tidy the classroom at the end of each day with the assistance of other paraeducators.
- Any other duties as assigned.
EDUCATIONAL, TRAINING, AND LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
- Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Valid Kansas Driver’s License and good driving record required.
- Must maintain NCI certification and CPR certification.
- Experience working with children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or developmental disabilities.
- The following training must be completed within 8 weeks of start date:
- New staff orientation as designed by the Training Department
- Registered Behavior Technician 40 hour training and Competency Assessment completed by BCBA/BCaBA. - https://autismpartnershipfoundation.org/free-rbt-training/
- Able to perform significant, prolonged, and frequent amounts of walking, standing, sitting, stooping, squatting, bending, twisting, reaching, and kneeling.
- Able to lift thirty pounds or more.
- Frequent use of portable technology, such as iPod, iPad, computer and keyboard.
- School environment, indoors, climate-controlled.
- Occasional exposure to infectious disease, parasites, bodily fluids, and blood-borne pathogens.
- Potential exposure to physical contact from students, including slapping, hitting, punching, kicking, head-butting, and biting.
- Occasional exposure to all weather conditions, including heat, cold, wind, rain, and snow/ice.
- May require use of personal protective equipment, including gloves, helmets, arm guards, and leg guards
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
- Attention to Detail – Meticulous attention to detail and thorough completion of tasks as assigned.
- Collaboration – Close and cooperative work with Heartspring Pediatric Services therapists.
- Data Entry – Ability to enter data collected into iPod quickly and accurately.
- Dependability – Must be reliable, responsible, and dependable, and able to fulfill obligations.
- Integrity – Must be honest, ethical, and maintain confidentiality.
- Judgement – Quickly assess situations and make proper behavioral judgments, especially in emergency situations.
- Listening – Able to listen effectively and obtain information from others.
- Speaking – Communicate effectively in oral form with a diverse group of clients, parents/caregivers, and other agency staff
- Team-oriented – Ability to work effectively within a team environment.
- Technology – Ability to use/operate a standard computer system and hand-held devices.
- Writing – Communicate effectively in written form with a diverse group of clients, parents/caregivers, and other agency staff
- Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Edcuation, professional development and scholarship opportunities
- Vacation, Sick, and Holiday Leave
- Employee Assistance Program
- Flexible Spending Accounts
Heartspring is an EEOC employer.