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Returning to Work: A Conversation to Resume Regular Operations

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Returning to work will bring new legal and practical challenges for employers in all industries and geographies.

For this reason, it is imperative to have a plan in place while being cognizant of laws/guidelines to avoid any legal repercussions on your company.

Vanessa Kelly, a Labor & Employment Attorney and Litigator with Clark Hill, PLC, and Melinda Lapan, Vice President of HR Advantage Advisory, recently hosted a webinar to help businesses and individuals prepare to resume regular operations.

They discussed the following topics in detail:

  • Preliminary considerations
  • Preparing the workplace for safe re-entry
    • OSHA/CDC guidelines
    • State Health Authorities
    • Executive Orders
  • Hiring/Rehiring
    • Dealing with Workers’ Anxiety
    • Refusals to work
    • Telework, accommodations & leaves
  • Dealing with workplace exposures or workers who get sick
  • Takeaways/Action steps
  • & more!

About the Presenters

Vanessa Kelly is a Labor & Employment Attorney and Litigator with Clark Hill, PLC, a full-service, global law firm. Vanessa’s clients seek her experienced, confident counsel in addressing their employee management needs. She provides legal services including risk assessment and risk avoidance in employee terminations, accommodating disabilities, addressing workplace misconduct, protecting key personnel and proprietary information, performing reductions in force, and implementation of workplace policies designed to avoid disputes and comply with state and federal law, to name a few. Vanessa also defends employers before federal and state courts and civil rights agencies. Vanessa earned her J.D. at George Washington University Law School, and is licensed in both NJ and NY.

Melinda Lapan is Vice President of HR Advantage Advisory, a subsidiary of Clark Hill. HR Advantage Advisory provides HR outsourcing and consulting services. Melinda has over 20 years of Generalist experience in Human Resources, having worked in various HR leadership roles across multiple industries prior to joining HR-AA. She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and she holds two HR certifications: the PHR and the SHRM-CP.


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Marketing Your ABA Practice - Marketing in 2020 (Webinar)

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Marketing your ABA practice does not need to be complicated or complex. While digital channels such as social media, search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing and pay-per-click (PPC) are very important elements of marketing, there are components that can be done within your practice with little effort.

Before you consider diving into marketing, your mindset should be to focus on the customer. Here are some questions you need to consider:

  1. What does our perfect customer look like?
  2. How are our customers hearing about us?
  3. What are we doing to “wow” our customers?
  4. How are we communicating with our customers?

Jay Baer, author and marketing consultant, shared that 92% of consumers trust recommendations from people they know directly, and anonymous reviewers have a 70% trust rate when they post online about a brand.

Online reviews are extremely important for businesses, but it goes against the BACB code of ethics (Section: 8.05 Testimonials and Advertising). Does that mean we cannot market our business effectively? Absolutely not. 

Online reviews are important, but word-of-mouth is even more important. If you create an operational process around customers to “wow” them, you will see your practice grow.

What can we do to “wow” customers and prospects?

Customers do not need a lot to be impressed with a business. As an ABA therapy practice, you can try the following as examples:

  • Create fun and educational posts on social media
  • Check-in with your clients after two months of therapy and survey them
  • Send monthly email newsletters
  • Write them a handwritten note or letter
  • Create video or blog content on your website
  • Improve your website usability to communicate with clients and prospects

Let’s use us as an example. We provide monthly webinars on important topics that provide value to clients. Does this result in more sales? Maybe, but that is not the goal. The goal is to help customers navigate the ABA business landscape.

Next Steps

Before you consider hiring staff or an agency to help with your needs, check out our webinar with Glenmont Consulting. Pete Polgar, the Principal of Glenmont, will provide you with actionable takeaways. Enjoy!


Teaching Learners with Autism to Cooperate with Wearing Masks (Video)

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About this webinar

Given many states, local, and business mandates during the current pandemic, it is likely that students and clients will continue to be required to wear facial masks when attending school, work, and other community activities for the foreseeable future.

Compliance with wearing a face mask can be challenging for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Often staff may see an increase in behavioral challenges related to clients tolerating masks worn by others, putting on a mask themselves, or adhering to long durations of mask-wearing. With these challenges may often come a correlated decrease in on-task behaviors related to learning or work responsibilities.

While increasing learner cooperation with wearing masks may be a novel skill being targeted by clinicians with their clients, the strategies for doing so are not. Although research is still limited on gaining compliance with masks, previous research can be extended to successfully target this particular skill. Behavior analytic programming has been shown effective in teaching skills such as tolerating hair cuts, blood draws, toothbrushing, and visits to doctors’ offices, as well as compliance with wearing eyeglasses and medical alert bracelets. These technologies can be extrapolated and utilized to also increase toleration and cooperation with wearing masks.

Dr. Erin Richard White of Alpine Learning Group presents several teaching options that can be effective with a variety of learners, including providing choice, using desensitization and shaping techniques, programming reinforcement, modeling, and other antecedent and consequence strategies.

If you enjoyed this webinar, we recommend checking out our ABA Telehealth Webinar: How To Support Families Remotely webinar. 


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COVID-19 Return to Work Resources for ABA Practitioners

Many states around the U.S. have begun to lift restrictions following the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing more businesses and individuals to return to work over the coming weeks.

While shifting to telehealth has gone well for many, if you’re an ABA practitioner, you might be eager to get back into your schools or clinics, but it’s important to do it the right way to ensure your staff, clients and students are safe.

With that in mind, we’ve gathered several resources to help you do so, ranging from general workplace guidance to tips for healthcare professionals and more. Feel free to download the entire bundle here, or continue reading below for more information on each individual resource.

General Workplace Resources

Review these general resources that can be used to reopen public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and at home.

CDC: Questions to Ask When Reopening the Workplace

This tool from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) aims to assist employers when making decisions during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide is designed to help protect vulnerable workers.

CDC: Developing & Implementing a Cleanliness Plan

Whether you are a business owner, run a school or want to keep your home safe, this guide will help you develop, implement and maintain a cleanliness and safety plan. At the bottom are dozens of additional resources compiled by the CDC.

CDC: Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting

Here’s a simple summary of the two above resources from the CDC, with tips for developing a plan and questions to ask when reopening.

5 Steps to Reopen Your Workplace

It’s important to follow recommendations issued by your state and local health departments when determining appropriate actions to take, and pay attention to these five steps.

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

This detailed guide from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outlines recommendations and descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. It is not a standard or regulation, and is not legally binding.

Responding to Staff Who Do Not Want to Return

Guidance to help employers and employees understand the application of new laws and how they impact them.

Resources for People with Disabilities & Disorders

Those with special needs might be especially at risk when returning to workplaces and educational settings. Review these resources for important information and advice.

CDC: People with Disabilities

Some people with disabilities may be at a higher risk of infection or severe illness because of their underlying medical conditions. Here are some tips to prepare and protect.

CDC: People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders

Find out what people with developmental and behavioral disorders need to know about COVID-19.

Healthcare Clinics & Medical Offices

The following resources are specific to assist health clinics and medical offices reopen safely following COVID-19.

CDC: Get Your Health Clinic Ready

Follow these tips to get your health clinic ready to reopen. There are steps healthcare professionals should take before clients or patients arrive, when they arrive and after they leave, and medical staff needs to be trained accordingly.

CDC: Medical Office Preparedness Planner

While this CDC planner is specific to primary care provider offices, many of the recommendations and tools remain applicable to ABA provider facilities.

Additional Resources

Take a look at these additional resources for fire safety and vehicle cleanliness tips to keep everyone safe.

NFPA: Maintaining Fire Protection & Life Safety Systems

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) developed this guide to help commercial and residential buildings maintain fire protection and life safety systems where less personnel are present.

Vehicle Cleanliness Tips

Follow these tips to keep vehicle interiors free of harmful germs and other unwanted elements.

CDC: Shared Housing

A guide to help you plan, prepare and respond if you live in or manage a shared housing property.


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Empowering Students to Address Social Injustice [VIDEO]

We would like to speak out after a difficult two weeks of watching the pain of racism on display in many communities. The violence and racism that took the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, are wrong.  Unfortunately these specific acts are part of a long list of senseless acts of racism in our culture and communities.  

We stand by our Rethink employees, business partners and greater community as we call for an end to racism, inequity and social injustice.

Our Mission at Rethink is to inspire and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and those who support them.  We believe that through knowledge and education we can change the world and help those around us to heal.  

Here is a brief video we created on teaching children to respond to social injustice, which you are welcome to share with others:

Please take care of yourselves, your families and your colleagues.  We need to support each other now more than ever, and if there is anything we can do to support you as a Rethink partner, please let us know.


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Rethink-ing Telehealth: Stories from the Front Line (Video)

Telehealth has presented itself as a viable long-term solution for ABA providers and their clients, even after things settle down following the COVID-19 pandemic.

It hasn’t been an easy transition for an entire industry to change how they provide care, but industry professionals have embraced the change.

They have accepted that this might just be the way things are for a while and have realized that by leveraging telehealth, they can reach more people, more often with the care that they need.

Rethink Behavioral Health Director of Customer Success, Erin Mayberry, BCBA, LBA, recently hosted a webinar discussing telehealth and highlighting some success stories from a few of our partners. In addition, we’ve provided you with a Telehealth Appropriateness Sheet, provided courtesy of Neurobehavioral Center for Growth in Utah.

Download Telehealth Appropriateness Sheet

You can watch a replay of the webinar at the link below:


Erin spoke with Rosalind Guiterrez, Clinical Director and Maggie Williams, Practice Coordinator from Cayer Behavioral Group, Jesse Yarger, Clinical Director at the Neurobehavioral Center for Growth in Utah, and Robyn Newberry, Founder of Endless Potential in Washington, about several topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Initial barriers and challenges when transitioning to telehealth
  • Personal success stories on the transition to remote services
  • Processes to determine appropriate service models for families
  • Understanding how the Rethink platform is being utilized during telehealth service delivery

Are you interested in learning more about implementing telehealth into your ABA therapy practice? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

We also recently put together an exclusive bundle that includes best practices for Rethink users, research and resources, general tips and information, and videos (coming soon).

If you follow this link, you can get access to the free bundle, along with a video guide on how to use it.

As always, we’re here to help. If you have any questions about telehealth, Rethink solutions or ABA therapy, please contact us through our website.


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Free ABA Data Sheets & Forms

At Rethink Behavioral Health, we offer all-in-one behavioral health solutions for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) providers. We believe that technology allows providers to grow quicker through efficiencies, but we understand some still prefer paper and pencil.

At the end of the day, we want to be a resource for everyone, because when it comes down to it, all we’re trying to do is improve care for those who need it. With that in mind, we developed several data sheets that ABA providers can use to track their data.

These free ABA data sheets are easy to download. We encourage you to customize each sheet to meet the needs of your clients or service delivery model. If you’d like to learn more about our clinical and practice management solutions, please contact us here.

To download our Free ABA Data Sheet, please fill out your information below:

What’s included

We’ve broken this bundle of free ABA data sheets down into two primary categories, they are:

  • Programming
    • Skill Acquisition (SA)
    • Behavior Reduction
  • Supervision forms

Programming includes any goals that are trying to be accomplished to increase a variety of skills, such as daily living, communication and social skills, along with behavior reduction strategies, which includes any forms dedicated to tracking challenging behaviors.

Supervision forms will include any Procedural Integrity (PI) forms, Inter-Observer Agreement (IOA) and other tracking forms which we’ll go into more detail on below. These are more for program and staff evaluation.

Programming

As mentioned above, Programming pertains to any goals that are to be accomplished to increase skills and replacement behaviors, and decrease problem behavior. Programming is broken down into two categories; Skill Acquisition and Behavior Reduction.

Skill Acquisition

The first component related to programming is SA. In this section we’ll review Task Analysis (TA) and Discrete Trial Training (DTT), as well as several methods of data collection.

Task Analysis (TA) Data Collection

Clinician monitoring parent-caregiver behavior with complex behavior chains use this method to break them down into smaller steps.

A sequence of brushing teeth, washing hands, then going to bed is a common example.

Additional steps and targets can be identified by understanding each step.

Discrete Trial Training (DTT)

One of the most common ABA teaching methodologies is Discrete Trial Training. It is a one-on-one approach aimed at teaching students new skills in a systematic way.

DTT allows for massed or interspersed trial options. In our DTT Data Sheet, clinicians can track up to 10 individual trials and track accuracy and independence in responding.

Cold Probe Data Sheet

Cold Probe Data Sheets are ideal for tracking skill acquisition with many targets within a program.

They allow the parent or therapist to probe correct or incorrect responses at the beginning of the session prior to teaching. This can be used instead of trial by trial data collection.

Rate Data Sheet

The Rate Data Sheet helps track both the frequency and rate of targeted skills. These two factors are related, but have different definitions.

Frequency is defined as the number of times something occurs, while rate is the frequency of that same activity over a specified period of time.

Interval Data Sheet

Tracking intervals allow for an observer to set any amount of time to monitor the occurrence and/or duration of a behavior, and is an estimate of how often behavior is occurring. This sheet has space to track 20 intervals, which can be defined as whole, partial or momentary-time sampling (MTS).

Whole means that a behavior occured for the entire interval, partial describes a behavior that occured at any point throughout that interval, and MTS tracks if behavior is occurring at the end of the interval.

Duration Data Sheet

These sheets allows clinicians and therapists to track the lengths of time of each occurrence of behavior for each skill.

Behavior Reduction

Behavior reduction focuses on any maladaptive behaviors targeted for decrease. The two primary sheets that will be used in this component are the Antecedent Behavior Consequence (ABC) Data Log and Scatterplot Data Sheet.

Additionally, the Rate, Interval and Duration sheets detailed above can be used for tracking behavior reduction.

Antecedent Behavior Consequence (ABC) Data Log

The log provided is an unstructured ABA data log, as opposed to structured. This log can be edited to create a structured data sheet per client, which can be helpful for parents and caretakers as it makes the process more objective. Parents can select from a menu of options as opposed to writing their own thoughts down.

ABC Data allows parents to see patterns in behavior, including challenging behaviors such as tantrums, aggression, self-injury, etc, what causes them, and what follows them. This sheet helps track a specific behavior during an activity, along with the antecedent (before), consequence (after) and possible function.

Total duration is also an important component to track here, as duration may decrease before frequency of episodes decreases.

Scatterplot Data Sheet

Our Scatterplot Data Sheet helps to determine behavioral patterns with regard to time.

These sheets allow clinicians to track when behavior occurs in 15, 30 and 60-minute intervals over a 24 hour period.

Supervision Forms

Supervision forms included anything related to Procedural Integrity (PI), Inter-Observer Agreements (IOA), and additional forms used for tracking, but not necessarily related directly to client behavior.

Their purpose is to record data on parent and caregiver performance, so supervisors can provide feedback to improve performance as needed.

Task Analysis (TA) Procedural Integrity (PI) Data Sheet

When it comes to Task Analysis, procedural integrity is essential. PI is defined as how accurately a program is consistently implemented as it was intended.

This method is used by a clinician monitoring parent-caregiver behavior with complex behavior chains and breaking them down into smaller steps. Examples include a sequence of brushing teeth, washing hands, then going to bed. By understanding each step, additional steps and targets can be identified.

With TAs, any type of skill can be targeted. Our TA PI Data Sheet allows clinicians to track trials for pre-teaching behaviors, in-session steps and space at the end for error correction.

Discrete Trial Training (DTT) Procedural Integrity (PI) – Data Sheet

This is a structured method for teaching a new skill. Because of this, it’s especially important that caregivers implement trials as programs.

It is also used to evaluate a parent or caregivers implementation of DTT trials. This free ABA data sheet tracks up to 10 individual trials, along with pre-teaching, within-session and error correction responses.

Natural Environment Training (NET) Procedural Integrity (PI) Data Sheet

Last, but not least, is Natural Environment Training. NET is less structured than DTT, and allows clinicians to capture teaching opportunities as they occur naturally.

A child may be able to learn a skill in a structured environment, but may struggle to generalize the skill in the natural environment. This is an important factor for educators to understand, so they can tailor instruction so students can apply lessons learned naturally.

Similar to DTT, this free ABA data sheet tracks up to 10 individual trials, including pre-teaching, within-session and error correction responses.

Inter Observer Agreement (IOA) Templates

IOA data sheets are designed to evaluate accuracy in ABA data collection and identify observer drift or bias.

With IOA data collection, two people will observe a child or client at the same time, and record data on the target behavior or response. Once completed, they will compare their data.

The process helps determine if behaviors are well-defined, recorded accurately and consistently. This is also known as program correctness, and highlights the importance of recording data accurately.

Behavioral Skills Training Tracking Form

The Behavioral Skills Training Tracking Form is used to teach a new skill to a caretaker or caregiver. This may be an especially effective method of training with telehealth services.

The instructor provides a set of instructions and models for parents what to do step by step. The parent practices while the ABA therapist or supervisor watches and provides feedback, and this process continues until the skill has been mastered.


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Maximizing Parent Participation during Telehealth Services - Video

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Presenter: Bridget A. Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group

Recorded On: Thursday, April 16th, 2020

During these unprecedented times, behavior analysts are now engaging families in service delivery via various web-based platforms. In order to upkeep standard of care, it is imperative to have an effective process in place.

This webinar will review:

  • Best practices when training parents remotely
  • Processes for helping families develop meaningful goal selection for both themselves and their children
  • Suggestions for providing compassionate care in our training of caregivers and helping family members develop self-compassion in their work with their children

We will also review components of Rethink’s curriculum for potential skills to target within the home environment.

An open question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Our presenter is Bridget A. Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D and Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group! She is also a Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions to behavior analysis, and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation. Dr. Taylor is considered a leading authority on effective, and innovative interventions for autism.


Complete Guide & Resources for Telehealth in ABA Therapy

Introduction & Our Goal

Updated: 4/13/2020

No one was expecting the COVID-19 to force practitioners to provide from their homes. At Rethink, we have telehealth solutions integrated into our ABA practice management solution. For Rethink users, we have prepared guides and instructions on how to use our telehealth solution to conduct your remote sessions. We understand that not all of you are users of our platform, so we will be releasing content that can help support your operations.

Interested in learning how our solutions can help you? Click Here To Schedule Your Free Demo  

We are working hard to distribute the most up-to-date content that will help you transition your practice from in-person to remote sessions.  Our team will keep adding resources and sharing our knowledge as quickly as possible.

Please bookmark this page and check periodically for updates.


How To Guide Video

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1. Rethink Parent Portal Task Analysis for Clinicians

This document is designed for clinicians to assist parents in the utilization of the Rethink Behavioral Health parent portal.

2. Rethink Behavioral Health Clinical Prep for Telehealth Services

This document provides resources for clinicians for setting up Rethink client profiles to provide telehealth consulting services.

Tips for Conducting Telehealth Consultation

This document provides general tips and suggestions in conducting telehealth consultations such as pre-service considerations, session format considerations, initial sessions, subsequent sessions, additional tips.

Parent Resources

This pack includes a Parent ABC Data Log and a Guidelines to Developing Behavior Management Strategies document.

Supervision Sample Templates

This pack includes an RBT Supervision Checklist (both PDF and an editable Word document), Performance Feedback – Supervision Consultation Form for telehealth (editable Word document) and BCBA RBT Supervision Session Note document.

Within Session Templates

This pack includes a Session Notes Template for Telehealth Consultation (both PDF and an editable Word document), Preference Assessment Checklist, Parent Strategies for Managing Challenging Behaviors, Initial Intake Notes Template for Telehealth (both PDF and an editable Word document), and various PDF and editable data sheets.

Guidelines for Practicing Applied Behavior Analysis During the COVID-19 Pandemic

These guidelines represent an expansion of some information that was first presented on March 25, 2020 in a live webinar hosted by the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), titled “Telepractice of ABA During the Pandemic: Working with Health Plans.” (To access a recording of that webinar, click here). They are meant to provide general answers to some of the most common questions that have been posed to APBA since the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak in North America, and a framework to assist ABA practitioners in making certain decisions about whether and how to provide services to clients in the context of the pandemic.

Information and recommendations are offered in these areas:

  1. Determining if ABA services are deemed “essential” under emergency governmental
    orders or regulations
  2. Identifying and complying with applicable behavior analyst licensure laws and rules, in
    particular those pertaining to telepractice (i.e., remote delivery of ABA services via
    telephonic, audio, and/or video technologies)
  3. Using professional standards to guide decision-making about delivering services to
    clients
  4. Working with health plans and other third-party payers on the delivery of ABA services
    via telepractice

Source: https://www.apbahome.net/

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ABA Telehealth Webinar: How to Support Families Remotely

Recorded on: Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Helpful Resources:

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Rethink will be holding a special webinar to help ABA providers support the clients and families they serve through this time of uncertainty.

This webinar will be an overview of ABA telehealth strategies to support families remotely.  We will include best practices from seasoned clinicians in our employee benefits division, who coach and train parents remotely.  An overview of billing codes for telehealth services will also be provided by our business solutions team.

Expect to discuss:

Real-life lessons of a BCBA who has done remote consultation/telehealth with parents

  • Best practices for engaging parents as partners in the treatment process
  • Some tips to remember when starting this type of work will be provided
  • Utilizing video conferencing to work with families

Clinical utilization of the Rethink parent portal, specifically:

  • How to grant parents/guardians access to their child’s Rethink account
  • Resources and Trainings for parents
  • Updating programming and behavior plans to focus on parent training and data collection

Practice Management utilization of Rethink, including how to:

  • Update your Rethink system to account for telehealth modifiers
  • Schedule telehealth
  • Update session note templates for telehealth
  • Where telehealth will be indicated on the billing export

This webinar is free and does not offer CEUs.