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Job Coaching and Job Development

Job coaching is very important for many seeking employment.  It provides the individual with prompting, feedback, and coaching in the moment, on the job. Many of the social skills that are taught in the social skills training are then coached in the work setting. It is important to have a job coach trained in characteristics of different disability, behavior procedures to best coach and mediate , and data collection to promote independence on the job and systematically fade themselves out of the support role. The level of independence achieved may be different for each individual--. In some cases, employers and co-workers can also provide supports or strategies that help promote the success of the individual on the job.  Job development is also an important aspect of employment support.

 

Many of the strategies used in job coaching and integrating into a work environment are behavioral.  Behavior science is the foundation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is the basis for universal supports which is vital in creating an supportive environment for all employees. Both Brandy and Stacie are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and have worked in helping people with disabilities gain skills for use at home, school, and living. BCBAs are also considered experts and specialists in changing and managing behavior that may be interfering with living or learning.

 

Behavioral strategies that are used to help people successfully work at a job include:

  • Doing a job analysis (documenting each task in a job to the basic level)

  • Shaping behaviors to gain skills (mastering prerequisite skills and then building on each skill level)

  • Prompting (providing assistance toward a correct response in the form of visuals, verbals, gestural, physical, etc.)

  • Providing correction; reinforcement (because everyone is motivated by different things, gaining understanding of preferences and motivators to promote repeating behaviors)

  • Fading prompts and reinforcement (reducing prompts and reinforcement as the individual gains the skill)

  • Helping with self-monitoring and ultimately better self-management systems for the person to gain the greatest level of independence

  • Collecting data on the individual's goals and progress is taken from the beginning of entering a job throughout their job experience. Data helps us decide what other strategies might be needed and if the ones being used are working.

  • Supervision of job coaches (each job coach will have regular supervision and feedback on their coaching of individuals on jobs and on their data collection procedures)

We help individuals locate jobs and review what is needed for skills on the job.  Social skills are a part of the training in preparing an individual for a job. 

 

Job development

  • Assistance in finding and completing volunteer and job opportunities in areas of interest to the individual

  • Job analysis (breaking down the job into specific tasks)

  • Working with the employer to set up needed supports such as visuals, schedules, prompting, fading supports,  integration with co-workers, and more

  • Data collection before, during, and on the job to assess individual programming needs to promote growth and positive outcomes

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Believe in yourself, go after  your dreams, and don't let anyone put you in a box.   ~Daya