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January 2019

Job Opportunity:
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavioral Analyst (BCaBA)
Location: Chicago, IL

Are you energetic, creative, a problem solver and a self-starter? Do you want to expand your career as a BCBA or BCaBA? If this description sounds like you, then Envision Unlimited wants to speak with you!

Working at Envision will allow you mileage compensation, great flexibility (make your own schedule), work from home on some days, competitive salary, opportunity for bonus incentive for meeting hour expectation, paid time off (ie: holiday, vacation, etc.), reimbursement for CEU’s and recertification.

Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Have the knowledge of database and spreadsheet programs. BCBA must have a minimum of 1-year experience with working with Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. BCaBA is required to have a minimum of 2-years’ experience working with Adults with intellectual Disabilities. Valid Driver License with the ability to drive to multiple sites.


Envision Unlimited is a large non-profit social service agency that supports individuals with intellectual / developmental disabilities across the Chicagoland area.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Conduct functional behavior assessments.
  • Develop Individual Behavioral Support Plans (BSP).
  • Train agency staff members on how to implement BSP and data collection procedures, using evidence based on training procedures.
  • Facilitate on-going data collection and data analysis.
  • Complete on-going behavioral observation and functional interviews across environments and caregivers.
  • Responsible for timely reports and clinical documentation.
  • Ability to work flexible schedules to include some nights and weekends as needed for training and observation.
  • Participate in Behavioral Management and Human Rights Committee Meetings.
  • Participate in annual person-centered planning meetings.

Contact: Mauvolyene Moore ( Website:
Featured Article: Count on it! – A Simple Solution for Gathering Frequency Data

Michael Maloney

One of the challenges of data collection is in the difficulty of recording an accurate count. Teachers and therapists cannot easily carry a clipboard and pen in classrooms or therapy sessions.

Because PT counts and records the frequency of specific observed behavior, such as reading aloud, it allows a teacher or therapist to track changes on a daily basis in a very short period of time, usually one minute. Students can be taught to self-record, approaching a teacher or therapist for assistance when the chart does not show improvement over 2 or 3 consecutive days.

Behavioral interventions require data. Decisions are made on the basis of the data collected. Decisions for program changes take into account the performance of the client, often as a frequency count, sometimes within a given period of time. The data is charted so that it can be shared with other stakeholders in case conferences, research papers, staff meetings and professional conferences.

Many years ago while working in classrooms with special needs students, my colleague, Eric Haughton showed me a simple hands-free tool for collecting data – a bead counter made from a shoelace, a clip and some beads, which attached to my belt. See the picture below.
Making a bead counter
  • Make sure you select a flat athletic lace that is twenty-four inches in length. (beads slide down on round laces).
  • The lace is tied so that it has two different length strands. 
  • As well, knots are tied at different levels along each of the two strands. 
  • Each strand has a knot tied above the beads, nine beads and a second knot tied below the beads. The fifth bead in each strand is a different color. 
  • The longer strand of beads becomes the one’s column. The shorter strand becomes the ten’s column.
Using the bead counter
Move both sets of beads to the top knot of its strand to begin. Clip the counter to some part of your clothing. Each time you observe the targeted behavior, simply slide one bead in the one’s column down to the lower knot. When you move the last bead in the one’s column to the bottom knot, you have a score of nine. When the next targeted behavior is observed, you move all of the beads on the one’s column up the strand to the top knot. Then you move the bottommost bead in the ten’s column down to the lower knot on the ten’s strand. Now you have a score often. Repeat this process throughout the observation period. The bead counter can record up to 99 incidents of the targeted behavior. At the end of the observation period record your data on the chart.

Here are four sources to find the Precision Teaching Standard Celeration Chart
1. - the original paper chart
2. - an app based digital chart
3. - a web based digital chart

Interested in learning more about Precision Teaching?

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Michael Maloney is an educator, researcher, writer, and speaker with more than 50 years of hands-on experience in both the private and public education sectors.

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