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What to Look for in an ABA Provider

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What to Look for in an ABA Provider

Selecting the right type of treatment for your child can be difficult! As a parent, you want your child to learn the skills they need to become independent and successful.  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a research- and evidence-based therapeutic approach to learning everyday skills and increasing appropriate behaviors while also decreasing inappropriate behaviors. With ABA, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) work with you, your child, your family, and your community to capitalize on your child’s strengths and help them achieve goals that may not be addressed in other types of treatment.

How to Choose a Provider

Now that you are considering ABA therapy as a treatment option for your child, you will need a therapy provider. Choosing a provider can seem overwhelming, especially if you are in an area with multiple providers. When selecting a provider, you want to be sure that the clinicians working with your child are a good fit for your unique situation. You will also want to consider what type of services you are looking for – do you want your child to attend a treatment center, or do you prefer in-home services? At Behavioral Innovations, we provide center-based ABA therapy, with highly skilled BCBAs and trained staff members to provide individualized treatment for your child.

Interviewing clinicians and touring treatment centers are two great ways to get to know the team and the environment that your child will be in. A reputable center will have no problem letting you see their day-to-day routine to decide if it is best for your child.
Of course, interviewing is only effective if you know which questions to ask, so we have included a handy printable list for caregivers to use in the search for the perfect practitioner.

  • What kinds of intervention services do you offer?
  • What types of goals and objectives will you set for my child?
    • How many hours per week do these services require?
    • How much is one-on-one with my child?
  • What experience does the person who supervises the program have?
    • What kind of experience and education do your therapists have?
  • How closely does the BCBA work with therapists, parents, and other providers?
  • How much and what kinds of involvement are expected of parents and family members?
    • Are parents involved with planning as part of the intervention team?
    • Are parents welcome to participate in or observe therapy?
    • Do you provide a parent training program?
  • What techniques do you use to manage challenging behavior?
  • Please describe your program for communication and language development.
  • How do you evaluate my child’s progress and how often?
  • How long can I expect my child’s treatment to last?

These are only a few questions to help guide you; make sure to ask any questions specifically about your child’s and family’s situation. Once you have all of the relevant information, making a decision regarding your child’s treatment program should be much easier. It is important to feel comfortable working with the provider you choose, so consider their professionalism and interpersonal skills. It is critical that you are able to communicate your questions and concerns to whomever you are working with, because the child is never wrong and as a parent, you know your child better than anybody.

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