Tips for Picking the Right Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Provider
A type of evidence-based behavioral intervention created for children with autism is known as Applied Behavioral Analysis or, simply, ABA programs. But as providers are not all created equal, you need to take a few issues into account before making a choice.
It’s not always clear what people mean when they mention ‘ABA.’ It may, after all, refer to any from an entire array of techniques performed in a variety of settings (for instance, at school, at a therapist’s clinic, etc.) and at different lengths of time. In any case, ABA should always be anchored on solid scientific data collected with the goal of making positive decisions that help make life better for people.
Personnel Credentials and Qualifications
Before you decide to go with a certain ABA provider, inquire about their personnel’s credentials and qualifications, making sure a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst is on board. Moreover, ask them how many years they’ve been an ABA provider to kids with autism.
Pick a provider that conducts background checks before hiring new personnel. If the provider or an independent therapist comes to your home, see to it that they have also been background-checked.
If you encounter a practitioner who makes grand promises, be wary. There’s no such thing as ABA magic. Helping children reach their full potential is a combined effort of many people, including parents. If someone promises you unrealistic results, don’t waste time with them and start exploring other options.
If the program doesn’t teach skills enough for them to be used in other settings, such as with family members or neighbors, then the skills have not been learned effectively and are thus useless. In-depth ABA programming must not be for life. There should be a point where the child can transition to the outside world.
The provider you choose should provide data about your child’s progress on a regular basis and in a format you understand. This should be presented as a summary that includes patterns telling you if your child is improving or not.
Finally, choose a program that provides opportunities for collaboration among everyone working with your child. For instance, if your kid also goes to school, pick an ABA provider that is willing to sit down and make plans for such collaboration. Be wary of those who will try to put others down just raise their own program or status. The goal should be to get the best from each school or program as far as helping your child through autism is concerned.