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  • School Behavior TherapistNovember 13, 2012

    Essential Function:  The Behavior Therapist will conduct intensive therapy to students with developmental disabilities in a school setting using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.  Services are provided to help children and families achieve the goals outlined on the individual treatment plan. This position is responsible for assisting in the development, coordination and implementation of individual student and class-wide behavior initiatives, protocol and behavior intervention plans.

    Specific Responsibilities:

    • Assist Behavior Analyst with conducting functional assessments
    • Assist with the implementation of individualized behavior intervention plans
    • Assist in monitoring the individual behavior plans in each classroom
    • Assist and train teachers in classroom on behavior management techniques
    • Intervene directly in the classrooms and other school areas when needed to assist students in achieving their behavioral goals
    • Conduct assessments such as ABLLS-R and VB-MAPP on each student in the classroom and monitor progress on assessment goals
    • Assist in creating programs based on assessment results
    • Work 1:1 with students on IEP goals and program goals from assessments
    • Attend weekly interdisciplinary meetings and other meetings concerning student behavior
    • Assist in gathering accurate and consistent data as well as analyzing data collected
    • Graph student and school-wide data for informational and program improvement purposes
    • Attendance at IEP meetings as requested
    • Provide support in crisis situations
    • Coordination and implementation of crisis procedures and policies
    • Consultation with and training of public school staff who serve students in the reintegration process
    • Assist with parent training in effective behavior management strategies and techniques at parent meetings as requested


    • Bachelors Degree in Special Education, Psychology or related field
    • Minimum 1 year experience with the developmentally disabled population
    • Preferred:  Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

    About Esperanza Community Services

    Esperanza Community Services is an organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities become as independent as possible. The mission of Esperanza Community Services is accomplished through effective programs delivered both on our campus in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago and throughout the community. We offer a quality school for students age 5-22 with developmental disabilities and behavior concerns; a day program that helps developmentally disabled adults build self-care and vocational skills; in-home case management; 24-hour supported living residences;  ABA behavior support;  bilingual services (English and Spanish);  plus art, music and  many opportunities for remaining an integrated part of the community. Together, our programs and services provide a comprehensive array of support designed to help each student and individual reach his or her full potential.

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