Choosing the right Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy provider is an important, personal decision. You and your child will spend many hours with your ABA therapist, so it’s important to choose a provider with the skills and expertise that your child needs and who works well with your family. As you do your research, here are four questions to ask to evaluate any potential ABA therapy center.
What is the center’s approach to ABA therapy?
Every child is different, and ABA therapy, when done right, is not one-size fits all. At Innovative Behavior Options, we individualize treatment goals to meet your child’s needs. We focus on improving your overall family life by decreasing behaviors that impede your ability to go out in the community. ABA therapy should both increase adaptive skills and decrease maladaptive behaviors. And it should always be individualized.
What are the therapists’ qualifications?
Most families will receive therapy directly from a behavior therapist (BT) or a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The BCBA is responsible for developing and adapting your child’s behavior plan and the BT or RBT will implement it.
At IBO, we have an amazing group of BCBAs that support our families. Our therapists are all RBT level minimum (which requires additional certification over a BT), and each completes additional training and demonstrates competencies prior to working with any clients. Our therapists also receive ongoing training so that we’re always providing ABA therapy best practices in accordance with the latest research.
How much are parents involved?
Research has shown that children in ABA therapy have improved outcomes when parents are involved and trained as part of the therapy. At Innovative Behavior Options, we know that you’re the expert on your child, and we want to partner with you to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family. Parent training and participation is a vital part of the success of our programs because it provides consistency, promotes independence for your child, and empowers you as a parent.
In what settings does the provider offer ABA therapy?
Children learn and demonstrate different skills and behaviors in different environments. So good ABA therapy needs to be flexible enough to be conducted in a variety of settings. At IBO, we work with children in a multitude of settings, including at home, in the community, at school, and in our Roswell therapy center. We also train paraprofessionals and other service providers to implement the individualized programs to provide consistency in behavior.
If you’re ready to explore the possibility of ABA therapy services for your child, we invite you to contact our office to get started.