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Consider the following questions when interviewing a potential ABA provider...
What age groups do you take?
Do you require a full psychological assessment before implementing your program? If so:
Can I use the assessment I already have from ______ (state clinic, be ready to read off a list of which tests were used in obtaining the diagnosis)?
Who conducts the assessment? Psychologist, Psychometrist, multi-disciplinary approach?
If I have to use your psychologist to get an assessment, how much will it cost? Is there a wait list? If so, how long? Why can’t I use my assessment?
What diagnostic tools (tests) do you use to conduct assessment?
Ask for a copy of this assessment.
Do you have a wait list for services? If so, how long? Do you provide any interim services for wait-listed families?
What is the cost for your team to come into my home to do programming? Please provide breakdowns per staff member. Does it cost less to use clinic services if available?
What is the cost per hour for your service including all fees?
What is a yearly cost for your service?
Is there an income dependent sliding scale for those not able to afford full cost?
Who is responsible for training materials, paper, storage, therapy items, etc?
Do you require an adult to be present in the home while your staff is performing therapy?
Are you agreeable to working as a team with SLP, OT and other professionals?
How often do you hold staff meetings? Can I attend? Are meetings at my home? Who can I invite to attend?
Please break down the services you provide and their costs. For example can you:
Set up the home program so that I can run it myself?
Provide training to myself and others?
Train my staff?
Have a mixture of your staff and mine?
Provide a senior therapist to write programs and oversee only?
Supervision by a psychologist?
Regular assessments by this psychologist?
If you provide a home program: Do you set up the home program? Do you put together the programming binder and provide ongoing binder maintenance?
Have you been approved in the past for private funding from the Preschool Intervention Program for Children with Autism, if so, how many times and who specifically approved you.
What training do your workers have? Your senior therapists? (Please be very specific i.e. – which courses, how long were they, who conducted the courses, where they local or out-of-town?)
How many workers will be assigned to my child?
What happens to my child's program when a worker or my child gets ill or goes on vacation? Do you replace those hours elsewhere?
What is your policy in the event my child gets sick? How much cancellation notice do you require and how are the hours made up?
How often am I invoiced? Do you provide a detailed monthly statement? What methods of payment do you accept?
Will your staff spend any time building rapport with my child?
Do you supply a list of resources to governmentally funded agencies (i.e. Kerry’s Place, Geneva Centre) to families?
Do you have a transition to school program? Do you work with the family on IEPs, IPRCs, behavioural plans etc?
How many hours per week do you recommend to start?
Do you use aversives? How do you define the term ‘aversive’?
Who is responsible for writing the programs? What training do they have (if not covered in #11)?
Do you work with children exclusively with autism/PDD?
How about co-morbid conditions such as seizure disorder? Is your staff equipped to recognize and work around this?
Are they trained in what to do in a medical emergency?
Do you help with life skills such as toileting, eating problems, dressing, bathing etc?
Do you provide integration into the community program? A social skills program?
How closely do the senior therapist and/or program supervisor work with the staff, teachers and parents?
Are parents involved with the planning as part of the intervention team?
Do you train parents how to do programming as well as how to generalize?
Are parents welcome to observe therapy sessions? Can they videotape? If not, why?
What techniques do you use to manage challenging behaviours such as self-injury, aggression etc.?
How long typically does it take for your agency and its representatives to return telephone calls?
Please describe your program for communication and language development. Do you use a picture communication system, sign language or other kinds of systems? How do you determine what is best for my child?
How do you evaluate a child’s progress and how often? How are the parents informed? Can you provide written updates?
Do you come to the home or does the child come to you?
Please provide references from other parents who have used your services?
When contract is terminated, who owns the information (program binder) about my child?