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 provide 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 caseload 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 doing 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 a 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.