What to Look for in an ABA Therapy Center
When it comes to finding the right ABA therapy center for your child, there are some important factors to consider. There are many options for ABA therapy including in-home, center-based, and community-based ABA. Each one has unique benefits for your child and their individual needs. Center-based ABA therapy can provide your child with the individualized care, therapy, and support they need to thrive. Whether you’re looking for ABA-based services for a child with autism, behavioral disorders, or any other developmental delays, here are some key things to consider when selecting an ABA therapy center.
What is Center-Based ABA Therapy?
Applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy is an evidence-based form of therapeutic intervention designed to modify behavior and teach skills. Center-based ABA therapy refers to services provided in a dedicated therapy center, with the intention of having individuals with autism and their families receive quality ABA services in an environment that is designed to promote learning.
How to Choose an ABA Therapy Center
When it comes to ABA therapy centers, there are many important aspects to consider. It is essential to ensure that the therapists have the appropriate qualifications, credentials, experience, and commitment to involving families in ABA services in a safe environment.
Qualifications and Credentials of Therapists
ABA services should be provided and overseen by qualified ABA supervisors, also known as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), who have extensive training and experience in providing ABA therapy for individuals with ASD. It is important that the therapist have a current credential from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) and license if applicable to their local state laws.
Experience of Staff
In addition to the qualifications and credentials of supervisors, it is important to consider the experience of direct ABA therapy center staff, or behavior technicians. Behavior technicians are responsible for implementing the ABA treatment and working with the patient each day under the guidance and direction of the BCBA supervisor.
Behavior technicians should have or be working toward a credential with the BACB as a Registered Behavior Technician® (RBT®). RBTs are required to undergo specialized training and pass a competency exam in the principles of behavior analysis.
The ABA therapy center should be dedicated to involving families in the therapy process. The BCBAs should take the time to get to know the family and understand their needs, as well as create a program that is tailored to meet those needs. Families should be included in planning meetings, kept up-to-date on progress, and invited to provide feedback about their experience with the ABA therapy center.
Overall Environment and Culture
The overall environment of the ABA therapy center is also important. The BCBAs should create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere where individuals with autism can feel safe, accepted, and valued. The ABA therapist should also be aware that different people learn in different ways to ensure that services are tailored to meet the individual’s needs and interests.
Our ABA Therapy Centers in Texas
At Empower Behavioral Health, we provide ABA therapy services in several locations across Texas that are evidence-based and tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. Our centers are designed to engage individuals in a safe environment that fosters learning and development. Family involvement is also an integral part of our treatment, and parents are required to attend caregiver sessions monthly to help reinforce skills learned in the center. Our BCBAs have extensive training and experience in providing ABA therapy for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.