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School Aides and Behavior Technicians: Breaking Down the Differences

Author: Darian Khalilpour
Date: August 22, 2023
Tags: Behavioral Health, Behavioral Health Professionals, Educational, Educational Staffing, School Support Staff

School aides, also called a teacher aide or paraprofessional, and behavior technicians are both vital members of any school team. They help support students and the smooth operation of a well-rounded educational facility. While the roles differ in their main duties and how they help students, they also share similarities that allow both roles to play an important part in helping students achieve educational goals.

In general, behavior technicians have a more specialized role than a school aide, meaning they work with students who have more significant behavioral challenges, and they use more specialized interventions. In this blog, we are breaking down the differences between these two school jobs, and how Amergis Educational Staffing can help professionals transition from a school aide or teacher aide role to a behavior technician.

School Aide / Teacher Aide

These aides play an important role in supporting the learning and well-being of students. They provide much-needed assistance to teachers and help to create a positive learning environment for all students, including those who are experiencing behavioral challenges. You may be wondering what does a teacher aide do? Here is a breakdown of their role and requirements for experience, training, and supervision:

Experience: The experience required for school aides can vary depending on an educational facility, but in general it is preferred they have related experience like working with children and assisting with child development.

Certification/Training: School aides are typically not required to have specific certification or training prior to working for a school.


Behavior Technician

Behavior technicians are also tasked with supporting the well-being of students, but unlike school aides, they focus on helping those with more significant behavioral challenges succeed in school. They use applied behavior analysis (ABA) principles to help students learn new skills, manage their emotions, and develop positive behaviors. So what is a behavior technician exactly? Below are the duties of a behavior technician and what experience, training, and supervision they require:

Experience: Much like school aides, the experience requirements for behavioral technician jobs can vary depending for each educational facility, but it is generally preferred that they have two or more years of school, para-education, or ABA experience.

Certification/Training: The certification and training requirements differ for a behavior technician because of the duties they have to perform. In the case of Amergis Staffing’s behavior technicians, they are required to complete our Behavior Technician Orientation Training and Crisis Prevention Training.


How Amergis Can Help School Aides Transition to Behavior Technician Jobs

While their roles share similarities, making the switch from a school aide or teacher aide to a behavior technician may seem daunting for some. That’s where Amergis Staffing can step in to help in markets where these professionals can make the transition. To become a behavior technician, school-based professionals are required to complete Amergis’ Behavior Technician Orientation Training and Crisis Prevention Training which is conducted by a board-certified behavior analyst. The trainings help ensure our behavior technicians are prepared and capable of managing and deescalating students with more challenging behavior in severe Special Education environments such as with students on a Behavior Intervention Plan, in an Early Intervention program, requiring one on one support, or in a self-contained classroom.

Contact Amergis Staffing to learn more about how we can help you find behavior technician jobs.

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