A Quality IBI or ABA Program
How do you choose a good ABA or IBI program for your child? What should you look for in a quality program? You are sending your son or daughter to a place to help them learn language, meet some of there development milestones and reduce any problem behaviours. Finding a place you trust starts with knowing what to look for. Below are some of the things you can ask the future provider when looking a program:
- Assessment: Children are assessed using the Assessment of Language and Learning Skills -Revised (ABLLS-R) or Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessments and Placement Program (VB-MAPP). These assessments should be conducted by someone who has been trained to implement them. This maybe a qualified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) or Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) or Licensed Psychologist.
- Individualized Education Plan (IEP): After the learner has been assessed, an IEP should be developed for your child. The IEP is a report that outlines your child’s current abilities found using the assessment tools mentioned above and the goals for the following 6 months. It’s a good idea to meet with your provider and discuss the goals and share your own goals if they are different. Goals depend on the intensity of the program. If your child is enrolled for 9 hours a week, they may not have as many goals as a child that is enrolled for 20 hours a week.
- Monitoring Progress: Once programming begins, your provider should collect data daily and graph it daily or weekly. If a learner is not progressing, revision criteria must be outlined in the program so that the supervisor can revise the program as need. This is to ensure your child is learning.
- Supervision: Your child’s programs should be supervised by the BCBA/BCaBA at least 10% of their hours a month. If your child attends the program 80 hours a month, the supervisor should spend 8 hours a month observing your child and reviewing their programs.
- Training: A quality program has quality staff. In order to achieve this, there must be ongoing supervision and support the supervisor gives their team. It’s normal for staff to drift away from proper program implementation or running behaviour protocols. With good and consistent training staff can provide a higher level of behaviour analytic service. Staff should be supervised at least 5% of the time they work in ABA a month. If a therapist is working 60 hours a month, they would be supervised at least 3 hours a month. It’s important for the supervisor to determine how much supervision is needed for each staff. Some therapists may need more training than others.
- Communication: It is essential that you and your treatment team discuss your child’s progress, programs and have an ongoing open conversation about your child’s program and progress.
At Autism Therapy & Training, our centre in Woodbridge Ontario, attKids, takes great pride in their quality. We continue to work hard to give our learners and their families the highest level of behaviour analytic services.