James Partington

Name: James Partington
Role / Credential: PhD, BCBA-D
Special Learning’s Designation: Partington Behavior Analysts
Company Name: Global Autism Project
Company URL: https://partingtonbehavioranalysts.com/
Ability to Contribute: Dr. James Partington is the clinical director of Behavior Analysts, Inc. in Pleasant Hill, California. This psychological corporation provides a variety of educational services for children with autism or other developmental disabilities.

Bio: Dr. Partington is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with decades of experience. His expertise is in language intervention for children with language delays as a result of autism-related disorders. Dr. Partington received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University and his Ph.D. from Florida State University. He has taught courses in the psychology department at West Virginia University, in the education department at St. Mary’s College, and in the counseling psychology program at the University of San Francisco. He has published several papers on teaching strategies for children with disabilities, and has co-authored with Dr. Mark L. Sundberg Teaching Language to Children With Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities and The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (The ABLLS): An Assessment, Curriculum Guide, and Skills Tracking System for Children With Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities.

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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

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