If you are interested in entering the expanding field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the role of a Behavior Technician (BT) is a great starting point. Let’s explore the characteristics and skills necessary to become a successful BT.
Empathy & Patience
Psychology Today defines empathy as the ability to recognize, understand, and share the thoughts and feelings of another person, animal, or fictional character. Developing empathy is crucial for establishing relationships and behaving compassionately. It involves experiencing another person’s point of view, rather than just one’s own, and enables prosocial or helping behaviors that come from within, rather than being forced.
The ability to empathize is essential. BTs work closely with parents, teachers, and other stakeholders in often stressful and worrisome situations. Individuals who approach situations with genuine care and understanding are able to connect with their clients and patients on a deeper level. It is important that clients and patients feel understood and heard.
Dedication & Perseverance
Having the willingness to learn, and a scientific approach to teaching and problem solving are necessary to be an engaging BT. This position requires a strong commitment to improving the lives of children and their families, regardless of what obstacles may arise.
Having the ability to remain calm while navigating challenging situations is crucial. Emotional maturity and intelligence allow a BT to “keep their cool” and successfully guide the child in accomplishing their goals. Each child has their good and bad days, so it’s important to be patient and avoid becoming visibly frustrated. Progress comes with time.
Emotionally maturity is exhibited by:
- Taking ownership & responsibility
- Showing personal confidence
- Being flexible & approachable
- Listening to constructive criticism
- Being open to opportunities for growth
- Having a calm demeanor
- Lighthearted, yet confident approach and delivery
ABA therapy is challenging, and we work with children! A major goal of the BT is to make programs as motivating and “fun” as possible. This requires energy and enthusiasm! We want each child to view us as a leader and a guide to success.
Critical Thinker & A Team Player
Each client has a unique personality, history, and challenges. A BT should use their critical thinking skills to design and continuously modify an appropriate course of treatment for the evolving needs of each child. BTs work with a team of professionals to make important decisions and build a roadmap for each child.
A BT needs to be attentive and observant in order to catch the verbal and non-verbal cues of their client. Many scenarios require further information, so prompting for clarity and more information is important.
Open to Feedback & Growth
BTs learn and grow from mentorship and by modeling. BHWs leadership team is committed to providing and receiving feedback from each team member, so that we all have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. Open communication between BHW team members and the families that we work with maintains a sense of respect, responsibility and ownership.
Does this sound like a good career fit for you? Want to learn more about becoming a BT? Visit our Careers Page or grab your cell phone and text “BHW” to 844-MY-APPLY or 844-692-7759 to apply to become a Behavior Technician today!