Choosing an ABA provider can be overwhelming and confusing. Below are a few things to consider when choosing an ABA provider to ensure you are finding the best fit for you and your child:
Scope of Practice and Caseloads
- This is a term that simply means that healthcare professionals should ethically only treat populations and use procedures/processes in which they have specific education and training.
- For example, if a BCBA has only worked with the pediatric population, it would be outside their scope of practice to treat adults.
- Especially for children with intense behaviors, children who are older in age, larger in stature, etc., it is important to ask if the ABA therapy practice has BCBAs who have experience treating in these areas to ensure safety and maximum progress.
- It is important that BCBA’s have a maintainable caseload to oversee and supervise. If a BCBA is personally overseeing more than an average work week, that may indicate your child will not be properly supervised or the staff working directly with your child may not be properly trained. At Achievement Balance Community, LLC our BCBAs maintain a caseload that adheres to the BACB recommendations.
- Collaboration between other clinical staff- it is important that your provider attend and work with all clinical staff that work with your child. Your provider should be available to support you in meetings or appointments as needed.
Outcomes and Transition of Services
- Inclusive of the family and child to identify and deliver meaningful outcomes that generalize in community settings. Community settings can mean a variety of environments for family. These environments could take place in a restaurant, going to the dentist, going to grocery store, or playing at the park. To best support your family and these outings we can provide support, shadowing, and coaching opportunities for your family to help further meaningful relationships in the community.
- Typical treatment time from start to finish. Treatment duration can vary depending on the level and unique abilities of every child- we reevaluate the needs and intensity every six months to determine level of care your child may need.
- How and when are transitions determined? As you have probably heard that every child is different and develop at their own pace- while we do not put timelines on therapy; rather we strategically implement transition goals, and every plan of care includes unique goals for your family and child to meet while working towards your goal that may include a public or private school setting, daycare or preschool environment, general education classroom. These transition goals are implemented during the initial evaluation process. It could take as little as a year or maybe two years- as your child successfully progresses towards transitioning into the desired placement, we work hard with you to find perfect placement and continuation of success.
- What type of support is given during transition to a community environment? As your child begins transitioning to your preferred environment our clinical staff will support you in many ways. This could include ARD meetings, meetings with your care team, school support staff, parent and caregiver training, and grandparent training. Our goal is to ensure that each child can successfully thrive in their new environment.
Achievement Balance Community, LLC is proud of our track record of significant improvements in 14 different skillsets, including language/communication, social skills, toileting, and routine schedule, within the first year of therapy. Achievement Balance Community, LLC also has proven track record of significant reductions in seven critical types of maladaptive behaviors, including aggression, tantrum, self-injury, and non-compliance.
Location of Services
- Some ABA therapy companies only offer in-home or in-clinic services exclusively. At Achievement Balance Community, LLC, we offer ABA services in-home, clinics and community settings. We have multiple conveniently located centers to service your family’s needs.
- It is important to consider where your child might need support and choose an ABA company that is able to offer services where therapy will be most appropriate, beneficial, and consistent.
- ABA therapy is typically recommended between 10-40 hours per week, based on the BCBA recommendations. This range of hours is what has been proven to be most effective for progress.
- Because of the large number of hours, therapy can be very costly if paid for out of pocket.
- When calling ABA therapy providers, be sure to let them know which insurance you have and your policy information. At Achievement Balance Community, LLC we will check benefits and provide a summary explanation as a courtesy to all our families. Families are then able to determine if it is going to be financially feasible to begin services with the provider.
- Determine how often invoices are provided for services rendered. Providers are required by state and federal law to invoice families for deductibles, co-insurance and copays. Failure to do so is considered insurance fraud.
- As many of us learned through the COVID pandemic, locally owned small business helped us all through hard times. Is you ABA provider small business? Achievement Balance Community, LLC is proud to be a locally owned and operated small business. We are part of your community; we are your neighbors. Our focus is you, your child, your family, and your community.
ABA therapy requires consistent communication and collaboration between provider and family, so above all, it is vital you find a provider who you are comfortable talking, sharing, and brainstorming with! If you have any questions or concerns about your child Achievement Balance Community, LLC would love to help. Please contact us at 972-410-5297