Choosing an ABA Provider
We know firsthand how intimidating it can be to choose an ABA provider for your family. There are so many factors to consider. Of course, there are practical considerations: Are they accepting new clients? Do they take my insurance? Are they going to discharge our child once he or she reaches a certain age? Where are they located? Etc. But there are also the deeper concerns which we think ought to drive your choice. Our goal at Foxhole Therapies is to be with you every step of the way. Here is a quick guide of things we think you should look for to find the best fit for your child and your family:
5 Considerations for Your ABA Search
1. The most important thing when choosing an ABA provider is to ask them about their treatment philosophy. This one answer will be able to reveal so much about the experience you will have while working with this provider. At Foxhole Therapies this was the first item our clinicians discussed prior to embarking on our journey because we know how important it is to have a clear philosophy to guide our decision making. Generally, this will also be a clear way to see what your potential behavior analyst values and you can compare them with your own values!
2. Another important component to consider is how much you feel heard when going through the tour/assessment/onboarding process. This is the time when the BCBAs are on their “best behavior” so if you do not feel heard at this point, it likely will not improve as time goes on.
3. Similarly, pay attention to the ease of communication between yourself and the provider you are talking with. If you find yourself struggling to get in contact with someone, it is unlikely to improve once you begin services. Be sure to ask questions about how the provider communicates with families.
4. Look for a provider that is fluent in behavior analytic research. Interventions are chosen for clients that have been researched and supported by evidence. If a provider is not able to talk with you about their experience researching new interventions and staying up to date with best practices, then they may not be able to create unique and individualized interventions for your child.
5. Lastly, the best way to ensure you are finding a good fit is to be completely candid with your potential provider in your struggles, goals, and limitations to achieving these goals. Don’t be afraid to ask the BCBA why they think they would be a good fit for you based on these things. Someone who truly wants to support you and your child, will meet your authenticity with their own. This will allow you to establish a pattern of trust and mutual support throughout this journey. At the end of the day these practitioners work within their own expertise to support you!
Contact Foxhole Therapies in Grapevine, Texas Today!
If you are a parent or loved one of a potential client hoping to see if Foxhole Therapies is a good fit for your needs, email us to schedule a tour with one of our clinicians! We’d love to show you around and answer any of your questions. After all, we’re in this together!