In treatment for autism, there are many different certifications flying around. ABA, CAS, and BCBA therapy are just a few examples. For parents just now heading into autism treatment for their child, it can be confusing and stressful to try and understand the difference between all of them.
What are the differences between ABA, CAS, and BCBA therapy certifications?
Don’t worry, you’re not the first parent to ask this question. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the information that gets thrown at you along with an autism diagnosis. That’s why we’ve laid out the differences between all of the certifications for you.
Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist
An applied behavior analysis therapist (ABA therapy) is someone that utilizes applied behavior analysis as a way of treating issues—among those, autism spectrum disorder. Applied behavior analysis includes observing and studying the behavior of an individual in order to create the most effective and efficient behavioral interventions.
This is probably one of the most commonly used therapies for autism. It uses positive reinforcement as a way of increasing good behaviors and building/improving skills.
Certified Autism Specialist
To become a certified autism specialist (CAS therapy), a professional must have at least a master level degree, two years of experience in the field, and must stay up-to-date with autism by getting 14 CEU’s in autism every couple of years.
These specialists may be physical therapists, teachers, psychologists, language pathologists, etc.—but the certification shows their knowledge in the field of autism. Frequently, those in ABA or BCBA therapy will seek out a CAS certification in order to better show they’re specialized in the field of autism.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
The last one is board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA therapy). This person is certified specifically by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. In order to get a BCBA certification, you must have a master level degree. This shows that an individual has specific training in applied behavior analysis. These people commonly work with people that have autism but are not confined to it. Often, someone with a BCBA certification will work with or overview an ABA therapist.
Seven Stars is here for your family
If you son or daughter is struggling, they’re not alone. There are options for your family. Early intervention is the best path to helping your child find success and a route towards a healthier, happier future.
Seven Stars is a program that combines residential treatment with adventure therapy to create a multifaceted, effective program for adolescents, ages 13 to 18, struggling with emotional and behavioral issues as a result of their neurodevelopmental disorder.
We embed the objectives we have for each student into daily activities and teach emotional wellness skills such as conflict resolution, problem solving, social skills, academic skills, self-efficacy and prosocial behaviors. At Seven Stars, we strive to help our students develop the skills necessary to live full, productive lives.
For more information about BCBA therapy at Seven Stars, contact us today at 844-601-1167.
Since 2003, Dr. Gordon Day has passionately helped young people with a wide range of family, emotional, social, neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems. Gordon’s mission has been to help people find their strengths and their own passion for living a full and rewarding life. He is particularly sensitive to the pressures, frustrations and disappointments that adolescents face that can sometimes cause them and their loved ones to want to withdraw and throw their hands up in despair.
Dr. Day knows that you really have to understand where a student is coming from and understand their patterns of strengths and needs. When we truly know an individual and their struggles, only then can we truly help.
Dr. Day has pioneered the use of outdoor therapy activities and outdoor living as a dynamic and effective therapeutic tool for learning, confidence building and skill building. His programs provide effective, supportive and encouraging environments that help students find their strengths and power.