Thoughts on agencies for RBT?

Anonymous
Hi All! My son is a sophomore in college and interested in working with children with learning differences or special needs. He has taken the RBT course and is looking for a summer job. He has worked at summer camps that had children with various challenges the past few years. There are several agencies hiring and he is interested in feedback on which ones are good/bad from the parent’s perspective. Would love this groups thoughts on reputable agencies or other places he might look. Thank you!
Anonymous
Maybe a silly question but what is RBT?
Anonymous
Sorry! Registered Behavioral Technician. My understanding (which could be wrong) is that RBTs work with children with autism or other developmental disabilities to help them learn new skills and improve their behavior.
Anonymous
I've more often seen them described as ABA therapists.

Many ABA companies are now owned by hedge funds and are focused on maximizing profits. Your DS should carefully research how they treat employees and families

Has your DS read anything about the controversy about ABA and how adult autistics think it's abuse? I say that not because ABA is necessarily bad in all cases, but your DS should understand whether what goals or strategies may be less ethical and think about, for example, if he's told the goal is to minimizing flapping or similar harmless stimming.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:Sorry! Registered Behavioral Technician. My understanding (which could be wrong) is that RBTs work with children with autism or other developmental disabilities to help them learn new skills and improve their behavior.


Yes, that’s what they are called. Tell him to apply to several companies and ask to shadow the BCBA(s) he will be working with before he takes the job. Also ask if there are certain families he may be working with. They often times will try to match the family with the person. Even though he’s just starting out he should approach it as having the upper hand because this job is in demand.

He needs to feel comfortable with both the family he’s assigned to and the BCBA supervisor. Tell him to ask lots of questions during the interview/observation. They should be willing to answer the questions and walk him through the job. It’s a lot to learn so he needs to approach it that way. He needs to listen and take it all in at first.

He will need to apply soon to work by summer, background checks can take awhile. He can work with more than 1 company if he can’t get enough hours with one.
Anonymous
Our RBT has been with Brighter Strides ABA for the past 3 years and seems happy enough with the company.
Anonymous
Thank you all so much! This is great advice and exactly what I was looking for.
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