Tutor Training Program

NBA employs, trains, and supervises tutors to work in home programs for families we serve. These tutors undergo rigorous theoretical and practical training by attending a 4-part workshop covering such topics as radical behaviorism, characteristics of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, discrete trial instruction, errorless teaching, reinforcement, punishment, schedules of reinforcement, token procedures, generalization, maintenance, functional behavior assessments, and data collection. When placed with a student, each tutor receives further training from the student’s Program Manager on individual acquisition and behavior management programs, reinforcement systems, and data collection. NBA tutors are typically available for a minimum of 4 hours of direct home intervention per week, and they receive on-going training and supervision from students’ Program Managers and Program Supervisor. The tutor training program established for NBA tutors facilitates high standards of competence. This comprehensive training should enable tutors to generate more knowledge and confidence when providing direct intervention, thereby improving the quality of the student’s home program experience.

As NBA’s Tutor Program develops over time, it is envisioned that all of our students’ home programs include NBA tutors. Currently, however, for families who prefer to hire outside tutors directly, NBA also provides training and on-going supervision for these individuals to work in home programs with students we serve. Initial training includes a single 3-hour workshop which covers topics such as characteristics of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, discrete trial instruction, errorless teaching, reinforcement, and data collection.

For more information on the Tutor Training Program, contact Caron Cosser, Training Coordinator, at 425-822-6442 ext.112 or via email at: ccosser@nba-autism.com.