How to Choose an 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. However, providers of these programs vary in different ways, so there are factors you should consider before selecting one.
Sometimes, it’s hard to know what exactly people mean when they say ‚ABA.‘ After all, it can refer to a whole range of techniques done in various settings (for example, at home, in a clinic, etc.), and can even run for varying 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 choosing an ABA provider, ask questions about their staff’s credentials and qualifications, ensuring there is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst in the team. In addition, find out how experienced they are as ABA providers working with kids who have autism.
Pick a provider that conducts background checks before hiring new personnel. If you’re bringing the provider home or you want to hire your own front line therapist, check if they’ve been background-screened as well.
If you encounter a practitioner who makes grand promises, be wary. That’s not how it goes with ABA. Helping children reach their full potential is a combined effort of many people, including parents. If you’re being promised outcomes that sound too fantastic, look for other providers to consider.
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. The child should be able to transition to a more natural setting after a certain point.
Pick a provider that regularly provides concrete data reflecting your child’s progress on the program through a format that is understandable to you. This should come as a summary that includes trends showing whether or not your child has been benefiting from the program.
Lastly, pick a program that encourages collaboration among all those who are 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 careful with those who will condemn others while elevating their status or program. The idea is to get the best from every school or provider to work together for the benefit of your child.