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Although I wanted to launch our BT/RBT Candidate Representation Program with an organized system and framework, I decided to jump right in since the longer we wait to execute on our business model of matching up ethical ABA organizations with ethical, committed, career-minded BTs/RBTs, we’ll see more people leaving the field.
We have started interviewing independent ABA organizations that have self-submitted themselves as being client outcomes-focused and employing ethical business practices that nurture and support their direct care staff.

With each conversation, my confidence in the field is coming back. Together, we WILL mitigate abusive employment, business, and clinical practices. How? With data. And transparency. By collecting information on Key Ethics Indicators, we’ll create a scorecard that can be referenced quickly to identify ethical businesses so that key stakeholders – buyers of ABA services (parents, individuals, schools, service provider organizations), staff (BTs, RBTs, BCBAs, other staff members), and funding sources (Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance) can speak with one voice.

I spent nearly 2 years building a comprehensive national database of ABA provider organizations. I mapped this information with Private Equity activity to identify which agencies are PE-backed. We’ll run surveys to gather key metrics (Key Ethics Indicators) from provider organizations, and lastly, we will gather information about business practices and stories (anonymously) from those in the field so that we can quilt together a narrative of which organizations are engaging in abusive and unethical practices. With or without additional data, the Database will be launched late March / Early April, to coincide with the start of our Ethics Webinar Series with Dr. Jon Bailey.

In the meantime, if you’re an ethical, career-minded BT/RBT looking for an ethical ABA organization to call home, send your resume and cover to kchung@special-learning.com. In the cover letter, please introduce yourself and let me know what you’re looking for.

Don’t expect results overnight. This will be a process. But at least we’re working with a plan.


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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