Behavior Analyst Teacher
BCBA’s adhere to a strict ethics code and have undergone rigorous coursework and hundreds of hours of clinical supervision to ensure quality of practice in this field. For more information see the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website bacb.com
Meet Amanda Broadway
As a BCBA, Amanda is committed to ensuring that all prospective BCBA’s understand the material beyond memorization and how to apply it in real world settings. For clients seeking behavior analytic services, Amanda spends extra time on the intake process which can include interviews, observations, and assessments to ensure that the right interventions and strategies are used in subsequent sessions. Amanda uses assessments such as Functional Assessment Interviews, Direct Observations, Verbal Behavior Milestones- Assessment and Placement Program, and Assessment of Functional Living Skills. The behaviors targeted for change can include those that are deemed socially significant such as social, self-help, independence, and academic.
Amanda Broadway, BCBA has been working in the field of Special Education in both the K-12 school system and privately for over 15 years. Amanda is a certified K-12 teacher with a specialty focus on working with teens and young adults. Amanda’s expertise is in conducting functional behavior assessments (FBA’s) and working with teams to build positive behavior support (PBS) plans. Amanda is also a sessional instructor at Vancouver Island University in the Education Assistant and Community Support Worker program. Amanda is currently finishing up a PhD. In Special Education from Liberty University with a focus on implementing Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in schools. Amanda is also a mother to special needs children and understands the challenges of parenting children with neurodiverse needs. Amanda also loves mathematics and enjoys teaching math 11 and 12. Amanda’s masters research was focused on teaching mathematics to students with autism spectrum disorder.
How we ended up here
The field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) has come a long way since John Watson described behaviorism as a new way of viewing psychology in the early 1900’s or how Ivan Pavlov studied how his dogs responded when introduce to certain stimuli (Cooper et al., 2007). Behaviorism gained notoriety from the works of B.F. Skinner for his experimentation with animals and observing their responses which he subsequently turned into radical behaviorism (2007). The principles of behavior were studied extensively by other researchers and became an accepted science with the following characteristics: 1) applied – ABA must be socially significant to all involved, 2) behavioral – the behavior must be observed and measurable, 3) analytic – there must be a relationship between the behavior and the environment with which it occurs, 4) technological – all procedures are defined clearly so that it can be replicated, 5) conceptually systematic – all interventions and strategies must be related to behavior principles, 6) effective – behavior is measured to indicate progress, and 7) generalized – the behavior change should last over time and across different people and environments (2007).
Cooper, J.O., Heron, T.E., & Heward, W.L. (2007). Applied behavior analysis (2nd ed.). Pearson Prentice Hall.