Work at Australia's leading autism centre! We provide opportunities for you to learn, work flexibilly and make a lasting difference in the lives of children with autism and their families. The Lizard Centre is recognised as one of Australia’s leading providers of effective evidence based intervention for young children with autism and related disorders.
Lizard’s early intervention program implements the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis when working with children with autism and related disorders. ABA is a scientifically validated method of instruction which has been used for over 40 years to establish lasting improvements in all areas of a child’s development, including communication, cognition, social interaction, play, motor skills and daily living skills.
Becoming an ABA Therapist
Being an ABA therapist can be a challenging, yet rewarding role. A therapist will learn about child development, teaching and maintaining new skills, and effective behaviour management.
Being an ABA therapist will give the satisfaction of seeing a young person with ASD learn and grow over time. Students in the disciplines of speech pathology, psychology, teaching, early childhood studies and occupational therapy often find that ABA work complements their learning, by giving practical experience to build on their theoretical studies.
What is the role of an ABA Therapist?
An ABA Therapist works one on one with the child. Initially the therapy usually takes places within the home, however as the child grows and develops, the sessions can take place outside the home environment such as kindergarten, school, shopping centers, playgrounds etc. Moving the therapy outside of the home environment is an important part of the child’s education as this promotes the generalisation of skills learnt within each session to other environments, with other people and incorporating the natural distractions of everyday life.
The role of an ABA therapist is incredibly rewarding as therapists contribute to the education and development of a child who, without intensive specialised intervention, would not develop the education and life skills essential for them to reach their true potential.
An ABA Therapist works as part of a team, alongside the family and other therapists and is supervised and trained by Lizard’s Program Supervisors and Senior Behaviour Therapists.
How do I become an ABA Therapist?
All potential therapists need to undergo Lizard ABA Therapist Training. We have partnered with Relias Learning to offer 11 hours of high-quality online training on the theoretical principles and applications of Applied Behaviour Analysis.
You will be given plenty of opportunities to practice these skills under the direction and guidance of our senior trainers.
On Day 2, you will undergo a practical competency assessment to ensure that you have acquired the basic skills needed to commence work as a Behaviour Therapist.
This training has been uniquely tailored to meet the needs of our entry-level Behaviour Therapists.
Once your online training is complete, you will be invited to participate in a 2-day practical workshop. During the practical workshop, you will learn to use the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.