ABA Line Therapist Job Description

Updated on: August 29, 2015

Position Overview

With so many cases of ADHD and Autism being unearthed, the need for hiring ABA (applied behavioral analysis) line therapists has become high in recent years. ABA line therapists implement programs based on applied behavior analysis to children who are developmentally delayed. They usually cater to children between the ages of 2 and 8.

As an ABA line therapist, you will have to create behavior management plans and ensure that they are constantly tweaked to meet the individual needs of your patients. Basically, aba line therapists are taught to be decision makers and leaders during their training so that they can effectively seek out solutions for their patients’ problems.


To work as an ABA line therapist, one has to possess a degree in applied psychology, special education or another related field and a state licensure, especially those who work in clinical or counseling settings. One has to be compassionate by nature and possess the ability to work with children who may not be too responsive initially. Working at this position means that you are constantly looking for solutions to problems. This is why you have to be very patient and possess the ability to work around difficult situations.

Typical duties that you will be performing as an ABA line therapist include:

ABA Line Therapist Job Description

• Interview patients to determine their children’s limitations and problems
• Talk to patients to understand their specific issues and make notes on possible problems and limitations
• Assess patients to understand their personal struggles and engage them in conversation to decipher what bothers them
• Create and implement core behavior plans to assist patients with their struggles
• Observe patients and record observations regarding their specific responses to treatments and counselling
• Engage patients in play to assess their physical and mental limitations
• Monitor and supervise patients to ensure a safe and therapeutic environment for them
• Collect data on a periodic basis (daily, weekly and monthly) to assess patients on different levels
• Notate progress of each session to ensure that appropriate follow ups are made
• Run discrete trials in a one-on-one situation and collect and graph data for documentation purposes
• Assist patients in obtaining social skills that they need for interacting with people around them, especially in school
• Work with parents to educate them in helping their children in developing life skills
• Treat patients based on defined interventions, through coordinated care with physicians and specialists
• Create and maintain records of each intervention for each patient for future reference purposes