Where to go for ABA?
Identifying the right ABA Provider
Identifying the right ABA provider for your family and child might seem like a large task. Finding the right fit and qualities in a provider is an important task. Knowing what qualities you are looking for can help narrow this search. There are a number of important factors to consider when exploring ABA providers. A few key areas that sets providers apart from each other include the experience level of the staff, the scope of treatment, and the settings that therapy is offered in. Doing your research when it comes to selecting an ABA provider is a great place to start. A simple internet search can help you narrow down options for your area.
Here are some initial questions that should be answered prior to selecting your provider.
Where will therapy take place?
ABA therapy can take place in a number of settings depending in the provider and insurance permissions. For instance, ABA may take place in the home, at school, clinic setting, or in a social setting like a summer camp.
How many hours of therapy are typically recommended?
ABA therapy varies widely in the number of recommended hours per day or per week. ABA is designed to be more intensive than other therapies. Typical programs range from 5 to 35 hours per week.
How frequently will your BCBA provide supervision?
This varies among ABA providers. Look for a provider or ABA company where the BCBA is heavily involved in supervision. They know if goals are being met and the programs implemented are appropriate, and therefore, should have an active role in supervision.
What is the philosophy and availability to incorporate family training?
ABA includes family training, and your provider should be willing to incorporate that into the program. Working with the whole family helps to maximize the therapy and should be a part of every plan. If it isn’t, you should ask yourself why.
Doing your research up front may help you to have a better understanding of what you value in an ABA provider, and what will work best for your family.
Professional and timely communication with your therapist is also an important aspect of your child’s therapy. Building a relationship with your team will dramatically impact your child’s ability to make progress and your satisfaction with therapy. It is important to communicate to your BCBA your goals you have for your child, and your values as a family. For instance, your BCBA should be willing to listen and discuss with you your goals for now and in the future.
While there may be many ABA providers in your area, not all ABA companies have the same mission and focus. It is important to always do your research and decide which style of therapy makes you comfortable and what aspects will benefit your child.