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Tier 3 Interventions and Supports – Behavior Technician Training for Paraprofessionals

Filmed at Setting the Stage for Success: Positive Behavior Support in School, Home and Community – October 19, 2018

Part of a video learning stream on Positive Behavior Support.

In British Columbia schools, Tier 3 interventions and supports for students with autism and challenging behaviors are often implemented by individual paraprofessionals in general education classrooms. Implementation fidelity is a key component to the success of positive behavior support plans, and yet many paraprofessionals struggle to utilize proactive and planned support strategies with students exhibiting complex behaviors.

This presentation discusses the process and impact of a program in Surrey School District for training school paraprofessionals based on the BACB’s Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential. Presenters provide insight into the design and execution of a multi-component training sequence using didactic instruction, role-play, in vivo modeling, and performance-based feedback, and offer practical recommendations to guide behavioral training for paraprofessionals supporting students with autism in both school and community settings.


Preetinder Narang, MEd, BCBA & Tina Gunn, MEd, BCBA

blankPreetinder Narang is a District Behavior Specialist and works as part of the District Action Team for Autism (DATA) in the Surrey School District. She has a Masters of Education in Developmental Disabilities with a Concentration in Autism and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Preetinder has over 14 years of experience providing behavioral and consultative services to children and youth with autism and developmental disabilities in home, school, and community settings. Preetinder is a PhD Candidate in Developmental Psychology and Education, Early Learning cohort, at the University of Toronto (OISE) and holds the appointment of Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, at the University of British Columbia.

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Tina Gunn is a District Behavior Specialist and works as part of the District Action Team for Autism (DATA) in the Surrey School District. She has a Masters of Education in Developmental Disabilities with a Concentration in Autism and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has over 17 years of experience in the education field as a BC certified teacher and has been providing behavioral and consultative services to children and youth with autism and developmental disabilities since 2009 in clinic, school, and community settings. In addition to providing behavior analytic services to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, Tina participates in designing and delivering training programs to school district staff on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

The Q&A for this presentation can be viewed as part of the PBS in Schools discussion page.


Part 1: Introduction


Part 2: Behavioral Skills Training


Part 3: Lessons Learned & Recommendations for Implementation