Employment Opportunities at Florida Autism Center
Florida Autism Center (FAC) was founded in 2005 by Chryssy Moor, and serves the autism community with center-based ABA therapy throughout the state of Florida. The organization employs a diverse and talented team of behavior analysts at each of its locations. FAC is a practicum and supervision site for Nova Southeastern University and Florida Institute of Technology. We are proud to have several PhD level employees and consultants on staff in addition to 67 BCBAs and 15 BCaBAs. All of our behavior therapists also receive complimentary RBT training to advance their careers and maintain FAC’s reputation of ensuring the highest level of clinical quality across our organization.
The University of Florida Behavior Analysis Research Clinic (BARC) with Timothy Vollmer, PhD BCBA-D, BARC Clinical & Research Director, Kerri Peters, PhD., BCBA-D, Intensive Feeding specialist Vivian Ibanez, PhD., BCBA-D and FAC have established a collaboration that allows UF to provide clinical and research expertise as well as professional training and high-quality peer review for FAC staff to ensure on-going best practices happen at all FAC locations.
ABA at FAC
FAC provides treatment based on the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, and has a specific focus on early intensive behavioral intervention, verbal behavior (language) training, and social skills training. We specialize in Early Intervention and offer focused treatment, comprehensive treatment, discrete trial instruction and natural environment teaching in individualized plans for each child. Focused treatment services are short-term services designed to focus on improving specific skill areas (e.g., social skills, self-care, and daily living skills) and reducing maladaptive behaviors. Children typically receive less than 25 hours of services per week.
Comprehensive treatment services are long-term services designed to teach children new skills (e.g., communication, self-help skills, and daily living skills) and minimize or eliminate maladaptive behaviors. Communication is one of the most important skills for children to acquire. Comprehensive services will strongly emphasize programs to increase functional language and appropriate social skills and children typically receive 25 or more hours of services per week.
All sessions are customized to each child’s individual needs.
Discrete trial instruction is a highly structured method of teaching that is individualized and broken down into small learning units to enhance a child’s learning. Natural environment teaching is the teaching of skills in the natural environment. Skills are taught by following the child’s lead, capturing a moment when the child is motivated, and teaching a new skill. For example, a child is playing with different colored shapes and the teacher teaches the child to identify the color of the shape he/she is holding.
ABA therapy at FAC is completely individualized. There are no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all, plans because each program is written to meet the individual needs of each child. A BCBA will design and oversee the program that involves the child’s skills, needs, deficits, interests, as well as family preferences. These are all used to determine treatment goals for the individual in different skill areas – everything from daily living skills to communication and language. Goals are adjusted as the child progresses and the BCBA will meet regularly with the family for parent training that will help them apply what is being done successfully in the center to the home environment. We take this journey with our FAC families and recognize their importance at all times.
- 98% of employees (based on a 2018 employee engagement survey) recommend FAC as a great place to work and would recommend it to their friends and family.
- We have an employee suggestion program that provides financial compensation for any ideas successfully implemented within FAC.
- FAC is proud to offer free supervision, a mentor program for BCBA candidates, a three-tiered BCBA scholarship program that pays up to $15k in up-front tuition costs, in addition to our comprehensive benefits package with employer-paid short-term and long-term disability, health insurance plans, dental, vision, and a 401k plan with a 5% match.
We have continued to expand our footprint across the state of Florida and our mission is to continue bringing services to children with autism in their own communities. Our unwavering commitment to our clients has earned us the reputation of the leading provider of center-based ABA therapy services in the state of Florida. We are passionate about the work we do and truly value that families are entrusting us with their child and counting on us to meet their needs for growth and progression. FAC is truly dedicated to making sure that each child, employee, and family member reaches their maximum potential.