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All Julie Billiart Schools employ a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who works in tandem with our intervention specialists and parents to first identify, then modify, behaviors that may be obstructing a child’s social and academic growth, both inside and outside the classroom. 

Our BCBAs systematically identify and study a child’s behavior before developing interventions designed to increase on-task, age-appropriate behaviors and reduce behaviors that are off-task or not meeting expectations. The BCBAs then work with parents, teachers, and other therapists to ensure the interventions are delivered in a deliberate and consistent manner. 

Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts

Behavior Therapy is a data-driven science. Our BCBAs help students modify their perspectives and adapt to change and new experiences. However, their most important role at Julie Billiart Schools is to help our teachers, staff, and families understand the behavior plan and learn various therapy techniques to ensure maximum results for the student.

They collect information about particular behaviors, including those we want to increase (reading, trying new food, social interaction) and others we’d like to see decrease (aggression, frustration, meltdowns). Through classroom observations and input from parents and teachers, the BCBAs will use the collected data to develop a plan of intervention that can be implemented at school as well as at home.

The BCBAs then provide direction to teachers, other therapists, and family members to ensure that the child’s behavior plan is being executed properly. The BCBAs continue to collect data to identify factors that may be influencing certain behavior, to understand behavior patterns, and of course, to measure behavior modification and adjust the plan accordingly.

Reinforcing Positive Behaviors

Behavior Therapy focuses on reducing behavior issues and promoting adaptation skills. Psychological techniques such as offering positive reinforcements help improve physical, mental, and communicative skills that can ultimately reduce negative behavior, and encourage positive responses.

Behavior therapy techniques often complement and are used in conjunction with other JB supports such as speech or occupational therapy. These techniques can be used to improve tolerance to frustrations, help cope with panic disorders, overcome maladaptive or irrational thoughts about self-worth, and other behaviors sometimes associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), panic disorders, and other learning challenges.

Helping Parents and Teachers Gain Skills

Our BCBAs work in partnership with our teachers to identify what is driving a student’s behavior and to develop an intervention plan that can be seamlessly incorporated into the classroom curriculum. The BCBAs also help families understand the factors that are contributing to their child’s behavior and identify specific challenges to target.

Our BCBAs will discuss strategies for reinforcing positive responses, how to redirect undesirable behaviors, and help parents/families develop other behavior modifications that would be beneficial in the student’s daily life.

open-quote All of the teachers and staff at JB are patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we, as parents, understand and are comfortable. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools has helped my child become a better version of himself. The teachers and therapists at JB really know and understand how to reach children who learn differently. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools gave us hope after our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. At JB, she thrived in the small classes, received necessary therapies, and developed the self-confidence to ask for help when she needed it. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote My kids love everything about JB and look forward to going to school every day and seeing their friends and teachers. JB is truly a one of a kind school enriching young lives everyday. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote They have all the resources necessary, specialized to the individual learning of each child, and the heart that goes with it. I don't think we would have stayed in Ohio if it wasn't for JB! close-quote

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open-quote I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words how grateful I am that you saw my daughter for all that she is today and all that she is yet to become. close-quote

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