Oftentimes caregivers are recommended or prescribed ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) for their child and are encouraged to begin immediately. From there caregivers start their process of finding ABA providers and understanding how to find the right Behavior Analyst. ABA therapy is the most widely used and research-proven therapy for autism. Choosing the right therapist is an important step in their treatment. There are a number of factors to consider to find the perfect therapist for your child.
Ensuring that a clinician has the proper certification or licensure is paramount and often the first step to verify their completion of extensive coursework and internship hours. There are varying levels of certification depending on the type of degree that the clinician holds. Also, depending on which state the family lives, a clinician may require licensure to practice within that state. In order to verify if a clinician is certified the public is encouraged to look up their credentials within the Behavioral Analysts Certification Board database.
Education and Experience
Not all Behavior Analysts are equal meaning that clinician’s come from varying backgrounds with extensive experience in some areas and not others. For example, master’s level clinicians (BCBA’s) must acquire a total of 1500 hours of field experience prior to obtaining their certification. Upon receiving their certification and practicing independently some clinicians may remain serving the same population (e.g., children with developmental disabilities) or some may practice in other applied areas within Behavior Analysis.
Also, should a clinician have an experience in delivering services to children with developmental disabilities, some may be more proficient in working with children who are non-verbal, adolescents who are experiencing social skills deficits or adults living in group homes that are focusing on self-care skills. There are many areas in which a clinician may work so it is imperative for the caregiver to inquire what experience they possess and in what area.
Location of Practice and Availability
Clinicians practice within community settings, homes, or clinics. The field of ABA has grown exponentially within the past six years but there continues to be lack of clinicians in both the United States and abroad. With the increase in the prevalence of autism, it is common for there to be wait lists that can stretch out as long as one year or more to see a BCBA.
That is the chief reason why CSERV was created. To allow those with autism access to the highest quality ABA therapy that can help them grow and develop. By using our unique online delivery system, we enhance access to certified BCBA therapists without a waitlist. This is achieved because the flexibility of the online platform allows us greater flexibility in our hours of operation, and we are not limited to certain geographic regions. As long as you have an internet connection, you can start ABA therapy!
Another benefit of our online therapy is that it allows the greatest opportunity for parents to be involved in their child’s therapy, including after 5 p.m. and on the weekends. When parents are involved in their child’s therapy, learning is enhanced because the techniques being taught to your child are able to be reinforced at home- the most important environment for your child.