As you know, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is a popular and effective treatment option for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to learn how to develop important skills and behaviors, such as communication, social skills, and self-care. The problem is finding a qualified therapy provider you can trust. Here are some tips to help you get started:
1. Research ABA Providers in Your Area
Start by researching ABA providers in your area. Look for providers who are licensed and have experience working with children with ASD. You can find ABA providers through online directories, such as Autism Speaks, or by asking for recommendations from your child's pediatrician, school, or support group.
2. Ask Questions
Once you made your list of potential providers, call them and ask them questions BEFORE obtaining an Assessment Referral. These questions will help you narrow down your list and help you determine who you would like your child to work with. Some questions to consider asking include:
How long have you been providing ABA therapy?
Do you prefer a new company with potentially more availability or an older company that’s more established?
Do you have a minimum number of days per week that must be met?
Do they fit with your schedule? If not it hurts both you and the provider.
Do you have therapists available in my area, or is there a waiting list?
Are you willing to wait if you like the company? If so, how long?
What kind of training and experience do your therapists have?
Are they trained by BCBA’s? Are they trained in a group, individually, or both?
3. Consider Insurance Coverage
ABA therapy can be expensive, so it is important to remember to check with your potential provider that they accept your insurance. Just because your insurance covers the provider doesn’t mean the provider will always accept that insurance. Likewise, if the provider isn’t listed as an option by your insurance, they may still be able to accept them as payment.
4. Trust Your Instincts
Finally, trust your instincts when choosing an ABA provider. Choose a provider who you feel comfortable with and who has your child's best interests at heart. Rapport and trust is a key essential to making the progress with your child.
By following these tips, you can find a qualified ABA therapist or program to help your child with ASD develop important skills and behaviors