APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS-
CHOOSING ABA THERAPISTS FOR YOUR CHILD
Behavior Analysis is usually the most effective and rigorously
tested intervention for the majority of children on the autism spectrum - unfortunately it is also very expensive and requires
a high degree of skill and experience from the therapist to achieve
the best results for your child.
An ABA therapist without the necessary expertise could cost you
a lot and achieve little, or even worse, could set back your child's
development in some areas. So it pays to make sure you are getting
what you pay for!
Check their credentials
Any decent ABA therapist will be able to provide
a detailed resume with their university training and work experience
since then. They should also be able to supply references from several
families they have worked for over a decent period of time.
Ask plenty of questions
Have they worked with children of the same age
as your child? What form did those programs take? What sort of programs
will they anticipate setting up for your child? Have they had experience
in running these programs before? Remember that therapists will
gradually learn how to run many types of programs over the years,
so make sure this isn't the first time they've done this program
unsupervised by a senior therapist. You will be handing over a sizeable
amount of money for their services so you can interview them in
ABA therapists will first do an assessment of your child and then
form a written plan. They should willingly spend time discussing
this with you and answering your questions.
How will the therapists involve you?
Ask them how they will teach and involve you to
apply ABA principles with your child as well. Successful early
intervention implies that you as parents learn ABA principles
so that your interactions with your child are consistent with the
therapist's work. This also means that you can continue these interventions
after the therapists have finished.
Do the therapists get along well with your child?
Sometimes a therapist can be excellent at their
job but the personalities may simply not gel together. Give your
child time to get used to this new stranger, but make sure that
your child feels comfortable with their personality and communication
to download a comprehensive checklist of questions for your ABA
therapist from ABA
Resources. Their website has a range of free ABA resources available.
to read detailed answers to the most common questions about ABA.
to read about choosing an ABA provider.
to read an example of ABA used to develop listening skills.
Click here for the full
range of Asperger's and Autism fact sheets at www.autism-help.org
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