Documentation

A.​ Session Notes

The importance of session notes lie inherently in the 7 dimensions of applied behavior analysis themselves. The analytical nature of ABA includes measuring and collecting data on observable behaviors and using these data to make decisions or necessary changes to treatments and protocols. Collecting data and taking notes during sessions allow practitioners to assess the effectiveness of interventions, with their value being noted in client progress and outcomes. It also is crucial to document sessions objectively for the purpose of funding sources.

B. Document Writing

The core aspects of document writing in applied behavior analysis involve objectively defining the purpose and goals of the document, providing sufficient detail with all relevant information included depending on the subject of the document, and ensuring professionality in language used and otherwise. Document writing skills is one of the many necessary skills for practitioners in ABA and are often used when writing BIPs, FBAs, and other documents.

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C. Incident Reporting

In order to maintain the safety of both clients and staff, incident reporting is frequently used in order to document any unusual events. These unusual events may include escalated challenging client behaviors, use of a restraint, or injury to clients or staff members. Documenting these events are not only necessary for safety reasons but are also legally required for both client and staff protection.

D. Maintenance of Consultation Model

The consultation model is an integral part of providing services to learners, families, and other clients. It is necessary to form and maintain a collaborative relationship with clients in order to more effectively provide training and feedback. Teamwork, ongoing assessments and data collection, and a working consultative relationship are all key to the maintenance of the consultation model during service delivery.

E. Mandated Reporting

Professionals in the field of applied behavior analysis are often considered mandated reporters, especially when working with individuals with disabilities and minors. As mandated reporters, professionals must evaluate the risk of harm to the client and if there are any ethical or legal violations present, they are required to report these violations to the relevant organizations and authorities. It is also crucial to document all steps and actions taken to ensure client safety and confidentiality.

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F. Meeting Deadlines

The ability to meet deadlines is essential in any professional setting, especially in client-centered settings where service delivery is dependent on meeting deadlines and with any delays possibly resulting in adverse consequences or even harm to the client. Essential skills for meeting deadlines include effective time management, prioritizing tasks, communicating any needs or problems, and avoiding overcommitment.

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G. Organization

Organization is both a life skill and a necessary part of any workplace because of its ties to increased productivity and efficiency. Organizing daily tasks and work schedules also are equally important in managing a work-life balance and can be helpful in reducing or avoiding work related stress.

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H. Professionalism

Maintaining professionalism when working with learners, families, and other clients allow practitioners within the field of applied behavior analysis to form meaningful relationships with clients and will be better equipped to solve problems in a more sensitive manner when they arise. Professionalism in the work environment is also critical in fostering a more positive behavior culture that involves respect and teamwork.

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I. Scheduling

One of the main objectives of scheduling is to plan out daily or weekly activities/tasks in order to prioritize the completion of certain goals. Scheduling also is a powerful tool in increasing motivation of task completion and reduces the likelihood of procrastination.

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J. Time Management

Professionals in the field of ABA often see many clients and have a full schedule in terms of providing services, running assessments, and completing paperwork/document writing. Due to these many responsibilities, it is important to engage in effective time management skills so that all work-related tasks can be completed with quality and in a timely manner.

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For those of you interested in Documentation we encourage you to connect with other BDA employees to share with and learn from each other on how to apply the principles of Documentation in your current role or for special BDA related projects. 

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