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Leading autism therapy research shows that the setting of care should match an individual’s treatment goals. By providing multiple treatment settings, including in-home ABA therapy, community-based care, and treatment at autism therapy centers, your provider can help your child develop valuable skills in a variety of environments.
Finding a partner who can support your child throughout their development can help them continue to grow new skills as they age. Ask if your provider offers early intervention, school-aged, and adolescent autism therapy. Finding an autism treatment partner for life ensures you’ll have constant support and adaptive therapy to meet your child’s changing needs.
ABA therapists should undergo specific ABA training prior to working with children with autism. Ask about the provider’s training policies to understand what training therapists are given and if ongoing training is provided. For example, Trumpet offers in-house, comprehensive ABA training to every therapist, requires all client-facing team members to pass national exams and competency assessments and offers continuing education on a regular basis.
There are many kinds of behavioral therapists, and your child should have access to a variety of trained professionals. At Trumpet, we assign between 2 and 4 therapists to your child’s team. Each therapy team is led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who conducts assessments, develops your child’s treatment plans, and supervises therapists and clinicians. The other therapists on your child’s team are typically Registered Behavioral Technicians (RBTs) who have been certified to provide ABA therapy by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
Your provider should have a culture of excellence and a comprehensive quality assurance program to ensure ABA therapy is successful. Although QA processes can take on many forms, you should look for providers that provide supervision and mentorship, value clinical competency, and have a clear plan in place if your child needs additional support.
In addition to providing the highest-quality therapy, look for organizations that contribute to the advancement of autism treatment through research. By continuing to research best practices for teaching complex skills and reducing challenging or harmful behavior, your provider will be better equipped to help your child live life to the fullest.
Your provider should be able to explain how they create treatment plans for each child, but be wary of providers who use a “one-size-fits-all” approach. ABA therapy works best when it’s tailored to each individual’s needs, which is why Trumpet customizes every plan to teach children the behaviors and skills that will make the greatest impact on their life,
Parent participation can have a huge impact on helping individuals with autism learn positive long-term behaviors. Before starting with a provider, ask about their parent participation policies and how you can get involved in and outside of your child’s therapy sessions. It’s also a good idea to look for a provider who offers parent training and education so you can better understand the strategies and skills your child will learn.
When choosing a provider, you should consider how the center design:
Safety is a must-cover topic that encompasses center-design, privacy, access systems, and more. Your provider should be able to explain their comprehensive safety protocols for storing location supplies, ensuring toys are age-appropriate, guaranteeing your child’s privacy, and creating a safe and welcoming environment.
Choosing your autism treatment provider is an important decision, and taking the time to ask the right questions is crucial to finding the perfect partner for your needs. If you’re interested in learning more about how Trumpet Behavioral Health measures up on these questions, contact us today to discuss how we can support your family.