Requires a Master's degree, advanced degree (MA or equivalent) in Special Education or related field and three years of experience in working with individuals with autism and other pervasive developmental disabilities. Providers must experience in developing and implementing community and school-based programs that address the unique behavioral, sensory and learning styles of individuals with autism and other pervasive developmental disabilities. Providers must have documented experience delivering criterion-based training to parents, professionals and paraprofessional Additional experience may be used on a one-to-one basis to offset the educational requirements.
Behavior Therapy –
Behavior Therapist: see behavior management; and
Behavior Therapist Assistant: and individual with a bachelor’s degree in field that has a minimum of 12 hours of pertinent coursework.
Other Related Services
Certification and Training – This committee proposed the use of a criterion based training system that would include the following three levels:
Certificate Levels (levels of training):
Fundamental Understanding of Autism and intervention programs. This would be a standard training for all providers.
Discipline Specific training that includes didactic and practicum experience. This would be a discipline specific and diverse level of training that would be required for certain types of services (which still need to be specified).
Supervisor Training (training of trainers). Training would be a standard within each discipline for any individuals serving in a supervisory or training capacity.
The content of certificate level 2 trainings wouldn’t necessarily change but delivery of the training would change (such as direct implementers being required to have hands on training).