To start ABA you will need a team!
It is extremely important to have an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) consultant to start your ABA program. The consultant is like the head teacher, they run the whole programme and make all the top decisions regarding your child and their progress.
How to choose the right ABA Consultant
A consultant must have a BCBA or a BCaBA qualification. You may also find ABA masters students who are training to become ABA consultants to provide the service. To look for registered consultants in your area click here or if your consultant is being supervised make sure you know who their supervisor is and check this here.
The consultant will conduct an initial meeting with the family and if you decide to hire them, they will complete an assessment and construct an ABA program from the results.
How to find an ABA tutor?
Once you have a consultant, it’s time to find tutors! Your tutors will be your “in the field” team. They will be implementing all the programmes and working with your child every day to help them reach their goals. You can hire self-employed ABA tutors or contact ABAble for staff. Always ask for a DBS check (criminal background check) and if they have public liability insurance.
Here at ABAble, we complete all these checks for you!
Our tutors are:
- Criminally checked (DBS checked)
- Provided with theory and practical training which follows the guidelines of the RBT targets and modules (Tutor qualification)
- Take child safeguarding training which is accredited by Highfield and CQC
- Monitored by frequent check in visits
- You can also sign up to our double tutors service (2 tutors for the price of 1) contact us for more details
They are monitored and must adhere to the policies and procedure of the company. They are provided with initial training and on-going training by supervisors that check on them during sessions and through training days. Click here to find out more about our tutors and training.
ABA Workshops (Team meetings)
Once you have your consultant and tutors, the next step is to organise a workshop where everybody can meet and the details of the programme can be discussed.
To start you will need a folder to keep all the data and lots of reinforcers! Find more information about this here. Workshops provide time to reassess, change and move targets on. It is important to have these every 1-3 months to maintain your standard. ABA provide free check ins between our workshops to ensure the program is running smoothly.
Each programme will need stimuli (teaching equipment) which may be provided by our ABAble team or by parents. Once the consultant, tutors and parents are happy with the programmes, the fun can begin!
How often should ABA sessions be done?
The research suggests that ABA is most effective when done intensively (30-40 hours per week). However, any amount of ABA can prove to be effective, it might just take a little longer to achieve targets. We recommend a minimum of 10 hours a week alongside parent trainings.
Programmes also work best if parents are 100% on board with the programmes! ABA isn’t just for the home! You can help your child to learn in all sorts of environments; in the shops, at the park or in the car! Every second is an opportunity for interaction, communication and fun!
How does ABA work?
The ABA programme will generally begin in the home, and may eventually progress to nursery or school. A tutor will work 1:1 with your child during a session and work through all of the targets provided by the consultant.
These targets will include many programmes to build your child’s skills such as communication, play skills or daily living skills. The tutor may also work on decreasing behaviours if your child is displaying challenging behaviours. Data is taken at all stages of the session so that progress can be monitored.
The consultant will be able to view the data when they come for workshops, usually every 1-3 months depending on how quickly the child is progressing through the targets. From the data the consultant can anaylse the function of any behaviours, they can develop new programmes from the information and also see if the child has achieved any skills.
Your ABA programme should be enjoyable for all parties and your child should be learning all the new skills they will need to help them in their future.