About This Course

What Information We Will Cover

As many healthcare providers accept insurance coverage for ABA therapy, which is typically funded by most insurance companies, there is a growing need for objective documentation that reflects client progress towards treatment goals and identifies barriers to client outcomes. Writing complete, accurate, objective, and medically necessary session notes is a critical skill for behavior technicians. However, despite the need for staff training in this area, there have been few studies published in the behavior analytic literature that have evaluated how to write session notes effectively. This course provides behavior technicians with a framework for how to write medically necessary ABA session notes. Direct training, checklists, templates, and rubrics are presented, outlining a systematic approach to generating more accurate and objective session notes.

Course Objectives

What Participants Will Learn During This Course

  • Identify medical necessity and understand its importance to ABA session notes

  • Determine the essential components of session notes

  • Identify the components of the 4-part framework for writing session note narratives

  • Utilize resources and tools for how to write session notes that support medical necessity

Course Outline


  1. 1
    • Course Syllabus: How to Write 'Good' ABA Session Notes

    • About Your Instructor

    • Course Overview

  2. 2
    • Lesson 1: What is Medical Necessity?

    • Lesson 2: ABA Session Notes

    • Essential Components of ABA Session Notes_ Clinical and Non-Clinical

    • Lesson 3: DSM-5 for ASD

    • ASD Supplemental Resources

    • Lesson 4: Evidence-Based Practice (EBPs)

    • EBP Supplemental Resources

    • 27 Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs)

    • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Professional Standards for EBPs

    • Lesson 5: Writing Skills

    • Tips for Writing Notes

    • Lesson 6: Writing 'Good' ABA Session Notes

    • Lesson 7: Putting it All Together

  3. 3
    • Course Quiz

    • Course Evaluation Survey

    • Access Certificate

    • Review the Course