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Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

The NIA Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) provide support for students exhibiting maladaptive behavior, academic challenges, cognitive disabilities, and other related challenges by empowering teams to make informed decisions and implement programming that will best meet the unique needs of each student.

NIA BCBA Support Includes:

  • Services provided by experienced therapists with specialized training in Behavior Analysis
  • Collaboration with district administrators to identify priorities and select a service delivery model to best meet needs
  • Facilitate communication with the school team members for planning and follow-up to the BCBA’s visit
  • The services of the BCBA will be for the equivalent of one 7.5-hour work day, including:
    • travel time
    • preparation or file review time
    • in-person time (observations, meetings, etc)

Service Options

Professional Development

  • Teach empirical practices supported by current research in the field
  • Provide staff development upon request (i.e., make-and-takes, support documents)
  • Collect outside resources for the school and/or family when necessary
  • Identify opportunities, needs, and sources for additional staff training

Coaching (Teacher and/or Team coaching)

  • Typically an 8-week package for one half-day per week
  • Direct observation of previously identified student(s)
  • Develop and implement behavioral interventions
  • Monitor the fidelity of implementation of the interventions
  • Collect & analyze data on the effect of intervention on student behavior
  • Guide data-based adjustments to the plan
  • Implement strategies to improve the classroom culture
  • Support through modeling and feedback (direct and indirect)

Student Specific Services

  • Completion of a comprehensive Functional Behavioral Assessment FBA and development of a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
  • Development/training on data collection for the student
  • Coaching for the team on how to support and improve the plan to best obtain the desired results
  • Consultation and support for the team throughout the BIP implementation
  • Service is focused on a specific student's behavior and how to achieve better success within the school environment
  • On-going follow-up as requested
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BCBA Supervision

  • Clinical assistance and development for district-hired BCBAs across the NIA region
  • Facilitation of BCBA department meetings and/or in-service days
  • Discussion of current research as it applies to empirical practice
  • Support BCBA’s understanding and implementation of rules, regulations, and policy changes required for the provision of BCBA services in the school setting

Who We Are

NIA Board Certified Behavior Analysts hold a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Education, or other related fields and are certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Our BCBAs complete a minimum of 32 hours of continuing education every two years to keep their skills current and maintain their certificates and licenses.

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Board Certified Behavior Analyst Contacts

Audrey Baenziger, M.S., BCBA
Program Supervisor of BCBAs
Northwestern Illinois Association
245 West Exchange St. #4
Sycamore, IL 60178
Email Audrey
Tisha Seward, M.A., M.S. CCC-SLP/L
Program Supervisor - BCBA, Psychology, Social Work
Northwestern Illinois Association
245 West Exchange St. #4
Sycamore, IL 60178
Email Tisha

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4 Office Locations

  • Sycamore
  • Rockford
  • St. Charles
  • Sterling

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