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DESE'S RADAR ON US! In an ef f or t t o pr ovide m or e in t en sive beh avior an d lit er acy ser vices f or st u den t s w it h disabilit ies in ear ly gr ades, w e in vest ed in t w o t r ain in g pr ogr am s f or In st r u ct ion al Assist an t s (IAs): on e t h at t r ain ed IAs as Regist er ed Beh avior Tech n ician s (RBTs) an d on e t h r ou gh w h ich IAs ear n ed lit er acy t each in g m icr o-cr eden t ials. Th e m icr o-cr eden t ial pr ogr am w as developed in par t n er sh ip w it h M assach u set t s Gen er al Hospit al, an d it is a m odel f or n ew t r ain in g m et h ods f or IAs. Ou r st af f r espon ded posit ively t o t r ain in g, an d r eadin g assessm en t scor es f or st u den t s w it h disabilit ies in elem en t ar y gr ades ar e con t in u in g t o r ise! Fu ll im plem en t at ion of t h e RBT in t er ven t ion t ook place t h is f all, an d w e look f or w ar d t o t r ain in g an d cer t if yin g m or e IAs as RBTs in t h e f u t u r e. Th e RBT t r ain in g w as developed in collabor at ion w it h Con st ellat ion s Beh avior al Ser vices in Gr een lan d, NH. All of t h e t r ain in g com plied w it h t h e Beh avior An alyst Cer t if icat ion Boar d St an dar ds. Ou r An dover BCBAs t ook t h e lead in coach in g an d m en t or in g ou r t r ain ees, an d t h ey did a w on der f u l job. Cu r r en t ly, w e h ave 8 cer t if ied RBTs! Ou r in n ovat ive gr an t w as t h e exem plar at t h is year 's M ASBO con f er en ce, an d a case st u dy of ou r st or y is h igh ligh t ed on DESE's w ebsit e. Con gr at u lat ion s t o ou r t er r if ic IAs an d ou r adm in ist r at ive t eam f or su ppor t in g an d coach in g t h em . " I t i s a model f or new trai ni ng meth ods f or i nstructi onal assi stants."