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How to Pick a Provider

Applied Behavior Analysis has been proven to be the most effective treatment for autism. This program reduces problematic behaviors and allows your child to increase their adaptive skills. When ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) is properly carried out, it can be life-changing, not just for your child, but for your entire family.

The challenge with any treatment program is trusting people to properly care for your child, especially when they have special needs. You need to be sure they are treating your loved one with kindness and love through patience. When it comes time to choose your provider, these are some questions you can ask to ensure your child works with the right people.

1. What type of training does your team have, and how much experience do they have?

You want to be sure there is a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) on your child's team. Whether this person has a hands-on role or manages the program, their supervision is critical.

With some programs, a BCBA will come to your child’s session and supervise your child's progress and the team's work each month. Other programs have a BCBA who does not work with your child directly, but only analyzes data. The more involved the BCBA is with your child, the better the program. Even if the BCBA does not work directly with your child, their role is still important.

You also want to know that the team working with your child is well-trained. Their training should include didactic teaching as well as hands-on experience. Training should include:

  • Role-playing

  • Hands-on experience

  • Classroom style lectures

  • Session observations

2. Which type of Applied Behavior Analysis do they provide, and how are the sessions set up?

There are many styles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and they look different. Sessions can range from Discrete Trial Training, which is repetitive and structured, to Pivotal Response or Verbal Treatment, which are play-based.

Different styles will work better for different learners. Fun and naturalistic learning are typically better as it helps your child with generalization. You want to ensure what they will be teaching your child is going to be generalized to their everyday life, and not just apparent in sessions with the therapists.

3. How will you know when your child no longer needs the ABA services?

As a parent of a special needs child going into the Applied Behavior Analysis program, it is important to know when your provider will consider they have graduated. While it is important to celebrate when your child is ready to move on, you do need to consider what your child will need as they age and require new skills.

You will want to know how the team will determine they are ready to terminate services with your child. Learn what their expectations for your child are and if they are the same as yours.

4. How involved will you be with your child's treatment and assessment?

A quality Applied Behavior Analysis provider always asks for parent involvement and input in the sessions. They should ask your opinion in deciding which self-care skill is the most important for your child to learn, and your values and preferences should always be considered in all parts of the treatment.

You and your family should also be taught intervention strategies, so when treatments end, you are equipped to continue building on your child's progress. There may be times when your presence hinders the work of the team, and you will be asked to step away and observe, but typically it is important for you, your family, and other caretakers to be involved with your child's sessions.

Where to Learn More About Choosing the Right Provider

ABA Pathways is committed to helping you find the right path for a better future for you, your family, and your special needs child. Through your knowledge and love of your child and our ABA experts, we will provide you a holistic program that will foster your child's appropriate social behaviors and communication.

Applied Behavioral Analysis has been proven to help adults and children with ASD. ABA Pathways understands that you need to make critical decisions for your child and find them the best provider possible for this treatment. Talk to our specialists and learn how our team will focus on your child's environment to identify triggers for their behavior and together help them reach a goal to improve their lives and your family's.

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