Finding and reading information takes time. Therefore, finding time to do so is in itself a challenge. You are on this site in the hope that it will help guide you on your search for appropriate ABA providers for your child. While you are at it, take a deep breath, relax, and roll your shoulders.
While you need to consider all the tips, it is not a “must-do-everything-on-the-checklist”. Take those that you find practical and suit your needs.
Search listings on this site. If there are not many listed yet, ask other parents (including Autism Ontario Chapter support meetings) to recommend a provider.
What type of assessments do you complete?
Individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families have the right to know whether persons who claim to be qualified to direct ABA programs and their employees actually can perform the necessary competencies.
All consumers also have the right to hold those individuals accountable for providing quality services.
Take a look at these questions and determine the answers that will satisfy you. Be sure to use this tool on a regular basis.
Are they continuing to meet the answers they provided you in your initial interview questions?
Keep Things in a Central Place…
There are many ways to organize the information you receive regarding your child’s treatment electronically. Some parents prefer to keep hard-copies of the information they receive. Either way, it is important to keep your information in a central, easy to access place. Purchase a good-quality 3” binder and three-hole punch. As time goes on, your binder will begin to expand into file cabinets, but for now a binder is transportable and will have sufficient room to get you started.
Keeping Records (Hard-copy or Electronic)
Record all contact information:
In further sections, add:
This system should be customized
to include whatever is helpful to you. Other things that can be included are:
calendar of appointments, price quotes from other agencies, questions you want
to ask at your next appointment, and so on.
Keep a close eye on all the shifts worked with your child and write them down on a blank calendar. If they do not match up to the invoice, be sure to initiate a discussion with your provider (not your child’s workers); ensure that discrepancies are handled as soon as you are aware of them..