When professionals who specialize in autism enter their careers, they pledge to do all they can to help those who face the challenge of this often mystifying condition. Some of them enter the world of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) through BCBA certification to take advantage of the technique’s benefits to help persons with autism shape their behavior to function better in life. There is, however, now a new program that takes a broader approach to the field of autism beyond just behavior. This new program will give a significant career advantage to both those with no prior ABA training and those with ABA experience.
For those with no prior ABA training, it will provide a great foundation in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and also research-based strategies to help improve student/patient outcomes. While those with experience in ABA, it will introduce more autism-specific techniques, and immerses those who take the course in more specific knowledge about autism than they could have with standard BCBA coursework.
This paper will introduce professionals to the world of Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) training, illustrating the differences between it and a BCBA certification. Finally, it will make the case for professionals to consider both programs for a well-rounded, state-of-the-art approach to autism treatment.