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Top Questions You Should Ask an ABA Provider

Posted on: August 9th, 2019 by Autism Therapy Group

 

For parents and caretakers of a child with autism, finding a high quality, long-term ABA partner who can accommodate your child’s changing clinical needs and support your family can be a challenging, overwhelming responsibility.

 

To help navigate the road towards quality care and narrow the broad landscape of information to the most critical areas, we asked our clinical team a simple question: “What would YOU ask an ABA provider if one of your loved ones had autism?”

 

Here is what they said.

 

Q: Do you require all your one-on-one therapy staff to maintain RBT credentials?

 

A: Yes! It’s mandatory for all newly hired therapists to attain their RBT certification within 90 days of their start date. As an organization, we provide the training and resources our therapists need to achieve this nationally recognized certification, ensuring that every one of our clinicians is equipped to consistently provided high quality therapy.

 

Maintaining the standard of RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) certification is a promise to our clients that our clinicians practice under the highest standards of care in the industry. To obtain an RBT certification, clinicians must meet age and education requirements, submit to an extensive background check, complete a 40-hour training course, pass a competency assessment, and a comprehensive final examination. In addition, RBT certified clinicians must adhere to a strict code of ethics covering responsible conduct, their responsibility to clients, and competence and service delivery standards.

 

RBT training covers primary tasks that are likely to be performed in the course of ABA therapy and includes education in Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice. Therapists learn ABA techniques that encourage communication, social, and everyday living skills and reduce problematic behaviors.

 

In addition to the extensive support and ongoing training we provide to every one of our therapists, the RBT process gives the clinicians the training and tools to help every child they work with succeed.

 

Q: How many clients do your BCBAs supervise on average?

 

A: Our primary focus is to offer parents of children with autism the best possible resources so that their child can thrive. In order to achieve this goal, our BCBAs are only asked to work with clinically responsible caseloads.

 

Unfortunately, overworked therapists are a serious problem in our industry. Burnout from being tasked with an overwhelming case load is a primary cause of turnover within ABA therapy providers. As a parent, receiving a new therapist every few months can be difficult for your family and detrimental to the progress of the child.

 

To address this, we’ve committed to do everything we can to ensure that our therapists have a sustainable work-life balance. This is the right thing to do for our people, but also the right thing to do for our clients because it allows us to deliver the highest standard of care.

 

This quality over quantity approach is in line with our child-first philosophy and gives our therapists the room to do what’s right for the child without being driven by billable hours. In addition, by pledging to be an organization that works hard to not overload our therapists, we are able to attract the best clinical talent.

Q: Do you offer in-home ABA therapy?        

 

A:Yes! At ATG, we take concierge care approach to the treatment of autism, which simply means that we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution. From the moment we first talk to a parent, through the full course of therapy, and into discharge planning, we are focused on taking a thoughtful, personalized approach to each child.

 

Our aim is to impart each child with skills and behaviors that can be applied in the “real world”. As your child progresses, we show them how to use their new skills and behaviors in other settings and situations.

 

Q: Do you offer financial counseling and/or assistance for families who qualify?

 

A: We are committed to maintaining a child-first philosophy that allows our therapists the room to do what’s right for the child without being driven by billable hours. We don’t believe that financial burdens and insurance red tape should keep children from getting the care they need.

 

To ensure that all families have access to quality care, we provide free insurance verification and dedicated financial consultations, insurance advocacy, and grant application assistance at no cost to all of our clients.

 

In the states that participate in a Health Insurance Marketplace (Affordable Care Act) we have a directory of insurance specialists, lawyers, and clinicians that can provide a diagnosis for your child to qualify for care.

 

Q: Do you have restrictions on client ages or hours?

 

A: As an organization, we do not have any regulations on the age of a child who begins therapy with us or the number of hours a week that the child needs to receive the highest quality of care. Instead, we take a concierge approach to ABA therapy, creating a program that is suited to each child’s situation and needs.

 

In most cases, as a child gets older and experiences success with ongoing ABA therapy, the family will begin to see lower hours authorized from your insurance carrier. For many children, this decrease is in-line with the needs of the child. In the instances when the child’s needs would be better met with a continued high level of care, we are committed to working with families to find the best possible solution.

 

What other questions can we answer for you?

 

To learn more about us and better determine if ABA Therapy is right for your child, please call us at (224)509-5608 or (847)465-9556.

 

Or send us an email at info@TheAutismTherapyGroup.com. We are always happy to talk with you and will do everything we can to provide you with the information and resources you need to access the highest quality care for your child.

 

Practicing Social Skills with Your Child

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by Autism Therapy Group

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Understanding social cues and having appropriate social skills is incredibly important yet challenging for those with special needs. Just like with any skill, practice makes perfect – check our list of activities you can practice with your child to enhance his or her awareness of social cues and allow your child to run through these actions in a safe and supportive environment.

Not only will practicing these skills be a bonding experience with your child, but it will show him or her that you care while boosting confidence.
 
Interpreting emotions
 

No matter where your child goes – home, school, the cafeteria, playground, soccer field, or out at the mall – it’s imperative to be able to pick up on emotions and understand them correctly. By understanding emotional faces and body language, your child will be able to appropriately respond to various social situations.
 

Imitation:
 
A simple way to work on emotions if to make a face or show body language associated with a certain feeling; then have your child imitate you. You can start off with something silly and goofy to keep the mood light and fun.

imitation
 

Understanding idioms
 

Picking up on idioms can be challenging for children, and for those on the autism spectrum, idioms are downright confusing. To help your child understand the difference between a literal statement and an idiom and to understand what those idioms mean, try some activities with them.

 

  • Books:
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  • Take a trip your library and check out books on idioms. Try this list for a great, fun way to teach idioms from The Best Children’s Book site.
  • books

 

Eye contact
 

Establishing solid eye contact creates interest in conversation and shows confidence. Try these activities to practice strong and appropriate eye contact.
 

  • Sticker on the forehead:
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  • This idea comes from Children Succeed. Put a sticker in the middle of your forehead (you can use a sticker of eyes if you want!) and encourage your child to look at the sticker during conversation. Many people find direct eye contact intimidating, so this is a great stepping stone to train them to look in the right direction in a less threatening way.
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  • Staring contest:
     

    When practicing social skills, why not make a game or contest out of it? Have a friendly staring contest with your child, or if he or she is competitive, it could turn into a serious competition! Let the games begin.

How do you practice social skills with your child? What activities or strategies work for you?

Autism Resources for Teachers

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by Autism Therapy Group

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When it comes to school, students are often with their teachers for more time than they are with their parents.  For parents of children with autism, their teachers’ understanding of autism, how to reach and challenge their child, and how to meet their child’s emotional and social needs are especially important.

Use these resources complied by the National Education Association to stay comprised on all things autism, from general information and instructional methods to helpful techniques and activities and materials, this will be your ultimate go-to list for helpful information.
 
AUTISM INFORMATION
 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS AND HELPFUL TECHNIQUES
 

 

ACTIVITIES AND MATERIALS
 

 

© Created especially by ASA for use by the NEA and its members. Resources are listed in accordance with ASA’s Options Policy.

As a teacher, how do you meet the needs of your autistic students? What training, development, or resources do you find helpful?