At ABC, we want you to feel comfortable with your decision to choose our team to work with your child and your family.
We have found that many parents have similar questions regarding our programming. Here are some of the questions and answers that have frequently been asked of ABC : click on the topic below to view the questions and our answers!
1. Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA):
· This is the individual who is specially educated and trained to provide aba early intervention programming for your child with autism. This person is board certified as a behavior analyst (BCBA) and is specially educated and trained in ABA (applied behavior analysis). This individual is the Service Provider for your child’s Autism early intervention program.
· The BCBA will do specific assessments and observations with your child; analyze all the data collected; create specific programs for your child based on the assessments & observations; write the report to the Ministry regarding your child’s ABA early intervention program; train the family and behavior interventionists in autism, ABA, early intervention programs, and verbal behavior programs.
· The BCBA attends monthly team meetings, reviews the program data, creates new programs as required, trains BI's and program managers, creates behavior programs as required, as well as observes your BI's during session with your child once per month
· The BCBA is also the supervisor for the other behavior consultants in the company.
· The BCBA designation means that your consultant has very specific training and certification in Applied Behavior Analysis and is certified by a regulatory body called the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) (U.S. Designation).
2. Behavior Consultant:
· This individual also creates and implements ABA programming for your child, as well as provide training to your BI's and your family.
· This person is supervised by the Senior Behavior Consultant/BCBA.
· All Behavior Consultants have at least a B.A. (Bachelor's Degree) in psychology or child development and must be supervised by at least a Master's level (M.A.) Behavior Consultant.
· This individual provides specific assessments and observations in order to build a personalized ABA program for your child.
· The Behavior Consultant attends monthly team meetings, reviews the program data, creates new programs as required, trains BI's, creates behavior programs as required, as well as observes your BI's during session with your child once per month
3. Program Manager:
· This is the individual who is specifically trained by the Senior Behavior Consultant to assist with the training and organization of your child’s program at ½ the cost of the behavior consultant. The program managers will ensure the early intervention program is running smoothly and that the behavior interventionists (BIs) are following the protocols as outlined in each program
· Program Managers are the main contact for the family; the one who ensure that your child's program is being run correctly as the behavior consultant intended it and ensures that your BI's are trained and up-to-date on all the program techniques.
· Program managers attend monthly team meetings, train BI's, review your child's program binder, reviews the data for each program and sends the data to the behavior consultant, and works directly 1:1 with your child at least once per month
· Most program managers have either a B.A. in a related field (child development; psychology) and/or many, many years of experience working with children with autism as teacher’s aides or BIs in an ABA early intervention program
4. Behavior Interventionist (BI) (also known as "therapists"):
· This is the individual who will work one-on-one with your child in your home ABA early intervention program only a daily or weekly basis.
· ABC has BI's trained in ABA and Verbal Behavior protocol available to work with many of our families based on their location and their child's therapy schedule.
· You can either choose to have one or more of ABC's BI's OR you can hire one or more of your own BI's.
· BIs are often students in University and/or college who are working part time in this field – however, more recently there have been more mature individuals that are choosing to work in early intervention programs with children with autism
· They will be trained by your Behavior Consultant and Program Manager
· They will be supervised by your Behavior Consultant and Program Manager
· BI's work with your child 1:1 each day, and attend monthly team meetings
· ABC will provide your child's team with a Behavior Consultant (BCBA level or supervised by a BCBA), and a Program Manager and can provide BI's for your home program OR you can choose to hire your own BI's.
· Michele Anderson assigns all Anderson Behavior Consulting staff members to our clients' cases. Michele selects a Consultant, and a Program Manager to work with your child based on the overlap between your child's unique needs and the clinical strengths areas of our staff.
· We very carefully match each child with staff members who specialize in what that child needs.
1. Why is it so expensive in the first few months of programming?
· In the first 2-3 months of your ABA early intervention programming, the behavior consultant and program manager are doing everything possible to get your child’s program up and running. Here are some of the important points about getting your child’s program started:
o Assessment of your child’s skills by Behavior Consultant (so your consultant can build your child’s specific program according to where they are at in their learning and development)
o Analysis of all the assessment data (ABLLS-R)
o Creation of your child’s specific ABA verbal behavior program
o Creation of the Report for the Ministry about your child’s ABA early intervention program
o Creation of your child’s personalized program
o Creation of a specific material list for your child’s programming needs
o Purchase of these specific materials (either by family or program manager)
o Training of family
o Training of BIs
1. Which type of funding is best to use – invoice or direct payment?
· At ABC we presently work with both INVOICE and DIRECT payment funding. It's up to you which best suites your family.
· Direct Funding is deposited directly into a bank account that you set up for your child and is accessible by you. ABC would provide a monthly invoice to you and you would directly provide payment to us.
· Invoice Funding works through the Ministry. The funds are held by the Ministry. ABC would invoice the Ministry monthly and they would provide payment directly to us.
· If you choose INVOICE PAYMENT we ask that you assist us in getting the ball rolling and immediately fill out and send a Request to Pay Service Provider Form to the Ministry so that we can obtain a billing number for your child's funds (as without this number we cannot invoice the Ministry for our services provided to your family).
1. Why is training so important? Can’t the BIs start the program right away without training?
· In every ABA home program, each child's programming is unique and tailored to their interests and their strengths. It is therefore very important that each BI be completely trained in each child'd programming.
· Additionally, in our experience (and many other consultants) we have found that every Behavior Consultant’s program is different due to the fact that there are consultants with different educational background, as well as there are two different protocols for teaching ABA to children with autism. Therefore, not every ABA early intervention program for children with autism are made equal. Some consultant’s use one protocol (Lovaas) and some use the other protocol (Verbal Behavior). Unfortunately there are some consultants who are not properly educated and trained and therefore are not always using appropriate teaching methods.
· Because of all this individuality in ABA early intervention programming – we have found that generally most BIs with experience are not necessarily trained appropriately (unless they take the BI Course at Douglas College) and often need more general training as well as specific training for your child’s program. Even BIs who take the course at Douglas College will require specific training for the protocol and the child’s specific program.
· Also, since BIs are in such high demand, and since there are just not enough BIs in this business – sometimes you will need to hire inexperienced BIs who have little or no experience. In this case it is necessary to get these new BIs trained so that they can correctly and effectively work with your child and our program.
· Additionally, in our experience, programs in which the BIs have sufficient training and excellent follow-up with a program manager each month, are the programs in which the child progresses fluently and results are seen much more rapidly and consistently compared to the programs in which BIs have little training and no follow-up. Therefore, the training and follow-up with the BIs is one of the most important aspects to your child’s progress with our program.
1. How do we get started?
· Your first step is to set up a free consultation meeting (face-to-face for local families or phone consultation for long-distance families) with the Behavior Consultant and the program manager – you can do this by: filling in our client information form; emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 778-389-1704 and speak with Michele Anderson or one of her associates.
· After the consultation meeting, generally you and your family will know if our service is the one for you and your child (children) and ABC will know if we are the best program to support you and your child’s needs.
· Our next steps are to set a meeting to review and sign the service agreement form, as well as the release of information form. We will also discuss the next steps that we will need to take to get assessment, training and programming started as soon as possible.
· In addition to that, we will also set up a couple of assessment sessions in which Michele Anderson will come to your home and complete an ABLLS-R and/or BLA assessment with your child in order to get a baseline of where your child’s skills and developmental level currently lie. This baseline data will also give Michele a starting point in which to create an ABA early intervention program specifically for your child with autism.
· After the assessments are completed and analyzed by the consultant (this process can take between 1 – 2 months), that’s when we will start moving into the next stage, which is training and getting the program up and running.
1. How do I get BIs to work with my child? Does ABC provide them or do we have to find them and hire them ourselves?
· YES! ABC does have BI's available to work with our families. However, due to the demand of our BI's -- we may not always have a BI available for your area or one that fits your child's therapy schedule. But don't worry, we will help you out...
· Since finding BIs can be a bit difficult when families don’t know where to look – at ABC we will provide you with some resumes of BIs (if we have some on file at the time) and/or we will assist you to post on the web, as well as in other locations to help maximize your results for finding the best BIs possible for your child.
• We suggest that when searching for interventionists, families consider undergraduate students from various universities and colleges. Typically students that are enrolled in psychology or education programs are the ones most interested in working with children with autism. We suggest that you put up postings (that we will provide for each family) within these faculties on any campus near your home.
• Another idea for finding interventionists that we have found to be very helpful in the past, is to post ads on various local websites that offer job postings at no cost -- a good example is "craigslist" -- which we have used in the past with good results. It is private, so your email address is not provided on the actual posting, but instead it is sent to a craigslist email and then re-routed to your personal email -- so no one can actually have access to your personal email address.
· Additionally, at your request, either the Consultant or the program manager can be available to come to your home when you interview potential BIs – we will support you and assist you in asking some important and relevant questions during the interview.
To learn more about ABA and verbal behavior, see the link below!