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Behavioral Therapist at Autism Care for Toddlers (ACT) Clinic

Behavioral Therapist at Autism Care for Toddlers (ACT) Clinic

Ongoing
Location:
S 42nd St & Emile St
Omaha, NE 68198
Opportunity Type:
Healthy Futures

The Autism Care for Toddlers (ACT) Clinic at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy services for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders. The ACT Clinic is currently seeking new AmeriCorps members to serve as behavioral therapists to work with clients 1-on-1.

During sessions, therapists use ABA strategies to teach adaptive skills and pre-academic skills with a focus on functional communication (effectively communicating wants and needs).  Therapists are taught to create a positive learning environment that reinforces appropriate behavior and reduces problem behavior. Therapists engage in a variety of activities with clients throughout the day, including 1:1 desk time, naturalistic teaching in a play environment and a variety of group activities (e.g., circle time, social games, crafts). Other therapist responsibilities include prepping session materials, writing progress notes, graphing client data, leading group activities and tidying up the clinic. Therapists must be able to lift at least 40 pounds, be ambulatory, and possess independent writing abilities.

Ongoing supervision and education in ABA is provided by Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). Behavioral therapists participate in a 40-hour training to sit for the exam to become a Registered Behavioral Therapist (RBT).  Application and exam fees are paid for by the ACT Clinic.

Strong applicants are typically undergraduate or graduate students in a related field (e.g., psychology, education, speech-language pathology) with prior experience working with young children and/or children with disabilities. Interns must commit to a minimum of 10 hours in the clinic per week. Sessions run Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities available at the ACT Clinic, please contact Hanna Schleu at hanna.schleu [at] unmc.edu

Visit us at unmc.edu/mmi/departments/psychology/psychservices/act-clinic.html