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What to Expect on the RBT Competency Assessment

Student takes RBT competency assessment.

The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Competency Assessment is one of the requirements to become an RBT. The assessment contains a total of 20 tasks to complete and is administered by a board-certified professional. Let us help you prepare for the test. Keep reading to learn what’s expected to successfully pass your assessment the first time.

RBT Training Methods

RBT works with client in their home.

Before taking the competency assessment and written examination for certification, Registered Behavior Technicians go through rigorous training under close supervision of other Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) professionals. RBT training covers all tasks included in the RBT Task List (2nd edition), published by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). The Task List is a valuable resource

Staff Spotlight: Laura Medina

Therapeutic Pathways' Program Assistant, Laura Medina, is in this month's Staff Spotlight.

This month, we’re giving a shoutout to Laura Medina for her hard work and dedication in her role at Therapeutic Pathways. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Laura was hired at Therapeutic Pathways as a Registered Behavior Technician, and was then promoted to Lead Behavior Technician. She excelled in that position too

Staff Spotlight: Ryan Covington Garcia

This month, we’re turning the spotlight on Ryan Covington Garcia, a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) at Therapeutic Pathways.  Ryan joined as a Behavior Technician in early 2020, working closely with supervisors and training diligently. He is now a certified RBT, and Therapeutic Pathways is grateful for the energy, empathy, and reliability that Ryan extends every

So You Want to Be an RBT

how to become an rbt

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re trying to decide where you should train to become a registered behavior technician (RBT). Or, you might just be scoping out career options. In any case, congratulations! You’ve discovered one of the most rewarding and stimulating career paths in the industry. Keep reading to learn more about

Help Control Communication: Handling Differences

Children with autism often have difficulties being understood or communicating their wants, needs, and emotions. Whether your child is nonverbal or their speech unclear at times, their desire to be heard is no different than anyone else’s. However, an inability to effectively communicate with those around them — including parents, caregivers, family members, and teachers

Staff Spotlight: Michael Quan

Michael Quan is in July's Therapeutic Pathways' Staff Spotlight

This month we’re proud to introduce Michael Quan, a Clinical Assistant at the East Bay Kendall Center. A passionate seven-year veteran of Therapeutic Pathways, Michael has dedicated himself to improving lives since he was hired as a Behavior Technician in 2014. Michael quickly ascended the ranks at Therapeutic Pathways, excelling as a BT, then as

Animals: Activities and Ideas Families Can Try at Home

A child focuses on art activities with a model dinosaur

A wealth of research demonstrates the many benefits animals can provide for individuals with autism. In addition to providing companionship, comfort, and affection, animals can help fight loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Many animals can also help promote positive behaviors and social interactions in children with autism. Animals can serve as wonderful companions to help people

Staff Spotlight: Adrianna Durrell

This month, we’re turning the spotlight on Adrianna Durrell, a Registered Behavior Technician at Therapeutic Pathways. Adrianna graduated from California State University, Chico in 2019, where she earned a B.S. in Psychology with a focus on Developmental and Child Psychology. Adrianna joined the Therapeutic Pathways team a little under two years ago. As a Registered

Virtual Meetings: Handling Differences

aba at home

As we were forced to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and the realities of social distancing and working from home, our day-to-day lives were disrupted in too many ways to count. However, many of us made the best of it.  At Therapeutic Pathways, we understand that this change was not easy and, as always, want

1. How old is your child or dependent?
2. What are your goals for your child?
3. Has your child been given a formal diagnosis of autism?
4. What types of behavior is your child demonstrating?





Please select a value.

Readiness

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Readiness program. This individualized, evidence-based program teaches young children skills they need to accelerate their learning and gain independence. Using imitation and naturalistic learning techniques, your child will develop useful skills in the areas of speech and language, cognition, and self-awareness. A program for children ages 0-3. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Foundations

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Foundations program. This program gives preschool and school-age children the structure to achieve important social, emotional, and intellectual milestones, helping them test within their peers’ range. With 25+ hours of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy per week, your child will develop social skills and better self-awareness for school and home. A program for children ages 4-7. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Breakthroughs

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Breakthroughs program. Specifically designed for children who have limited hours due to school schedules, this program removes life barriers by developing communication, social, and self-help skills. We teach your child to engage in appropriate behaviors, helping them interact with peers and develop relationships. A program for children ages 8-11.

Interactions

Your answers indicate that your child may be best treated in the Interactions program. Through guided social skills groups twice a week, this program helps improve social functioning in children ages 5 to 16. Parent or caregiver participation is crucial to this program; our certified staff provides training for successful participation.

Independence

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Independence program. Geared toward older children, this program includes more in-depth skills that will help your child function independently. Taught skills include functional communication, self-management, and financial literacy. A program for individuals ages 12-25. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Your Child My Be Suited to Multiple Programs

Independence

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Independence program. Geared toward older children, this program includes more in-depth skills that will help your child function independently. Taught skills include functional communication, self-management, and financial literacy. A program for individuals ages 12-25. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Strategies

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Strategies program. The most age-encompassing of our programs, the goal of Strategies is to reduce challenging behaviors and issues with aggression. These behaviors interfere with independence and community participation, so we work to mitigate those challenges and encourage safe, appropriate behavior for individuals of any age. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Strategies

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Strategies program. The most age-encompassing of our programs, the goal of Strategies is to reduce challenging behaviors and issues with aggression. These behaviors interfere with independence and community participation, so we work to mitigate those challenges and encourage safe, appropriate behavior for individuals of any age. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Breakthroughs and/or Interactions

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited to the Breakthroughs or Interactions programs. These programs treat similar symptoms, so Therapeutic Pathways will need to meet with you and your child before we can place them within the appropriate program.

Specifically designed for children who have limited hours due to school schedules, Breakthroughs removes life barriers by developing communication, social, and self-help skills. We teach your child to engage in appropriate behaviors, helping them interact with peers and develop relationships.

Through guided social skills groups twice a week, Interactions helps improve social functioning in children. Parent or caregiver participation is crucial to this program; our certified staff provides training for successful participation.

*This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Your Child My Be Suited to Multiple Programs

Breakthroughs and/or Interactions

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited to the Breakthroughs or Interactions programs. These programs treat similar symptoms, so Therapeutic Pathways will need to meet with you and your child before we can place them within the appropriate program.

Specifically designed for children who have limited hours due to school schedules, Breakthroughs removes life barriers by developing communication, social, and self-help skills. We teach your child to engage in appropriate behaviors, helping them interact with peers and develop relationships.

Through guided social skills groups twice a week, Interactions helps improve social functioning in children. Parent or caregiver participation is crucial to this program; our certified staff provides training for successful participation.

*This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.

Strategies

Your answers indicate that your child may be best suited for the Strategies program. The most age-encompassing of our programs, the goal of Strategies is to reduce challenging behaviors and issues with aggression. These behaviors interfere with independence and community participation, so we work to mitigate those challenges and encourage safe, appropriate behavior for individuals of any age. *This is a suggestion based on the answers you submitted. Please contact Therapeutic Pathways at (209) 422-3280 to discuss which program would best suit your child.