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Questions and Scenarios for Q&A with Dr. Ronnie Detrich: Challenging Behaviors in Schools… and Home

70 blog avatar Questions and Scenarios for Q&A with Dr. Ronnie Detrich: Challenging Behaviors in Schools... and Home
Expert Name: Dr. Ronnie Detrich, PhD
Expert Title: World’s Leading Expert in ABA in Schools
Company Name:  Detrich and Associates
Company URL: Contact kchung@special-learning.com
Short Bio: Dr. Ronnie Detrich, Ph.D has been a student of ABA for over 50 years.

As an ABA practitioner with over 50 years of direct hands-on clinical experience, his body of work and contribution to the field of ABA has resulted in transforming how ABA is perceived in schools — through demonstrating systems-level success.

Questions and Scenarios for Q&A with Dr. Ronnie Detrich: Challenging Behaviors in Schools… and Home



BIP that had just gained some success in school is now falling apart at home.  Sam was working on completing a 15 minute academic assignment in his area and asking for a break when needed.  Now Dad reports that he gets him to the table by “bribing” him with candy.  Sam only stays for about 5 minutes then he screams and hits Dad, at which point he lets him go. Sam then gets on his swing with a bag of chips and indicates for Dad to turn the TV on. If Dad tries to get him back to the table he hits him until he gives in and turns on the TV.


A student who gets intensive ABA programming at school under your supervision is now home and has not received home based services in the past.  His cousin is an ABA therapist at a local agency and was recently laid off.  The student’s mom offers to pay her niece to work with him during the stay at home time period and asks if you can still remotely supervise his programming.­­­­


While a school SLP is providing services virtually the RBT, who is present in the home during the session, says “Oh yeah he can do that here with no problem, I don’t think we need to work on that anymore.”


Teachers are needed to deliver grade level content but it is difficult for them to modify their delivery, curriculum, length, etc to sometimes meet the needs of students. For example, the most difficult scenario I run into frequently are students who are very intelligent and on the autism spectrum. Academically they are on grade level but find much of the gen ed setting aversive (perspective taking, following a schedule that is not based on their interests, group work, non-preferred topics, etc).


Addressing Challenging Behaviors Ethically in Schools Module 4: Using ABA Programming in Schools in a Collaborative Model to Begin to Manage Problem Behaviors (Recorded)

Addressing Challenging Behaviors Ethically in Schools (5-Part Series with 10 CEUs)

Addressing Challenging Behaviors Ethically in Schools Module 3: Assessing Problem Behaviors in Schools and Developing a BIP Implementation Team (RECORDED)


Parent Waitlist Program


November 02, 2023 | 12pm-1pm PDT

Journey to Independence

Community-based program designed to support families on waitlist

Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

Mother Child
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