Starting an ABA program can be a minefield. Here are some top tips to get you started.
Finding a Consultant
A Consultant is the person who will provide the clinical advice on your child’s ABA program. They should be a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), or working towards certification and be supervised by a BCBA. Make sure you ask who a person’s BCBA supervisor is if they do not hold the credential.
It’s good practice to contact as many consultants that cover your area as you can. Talk to them and find out how they work. Not all Consultants work in the same way. Find one who fits in with your child.
Here at HD ABA, we offer completely free initial, no obligation visits to give you an opportunity to meet us and ask us any questions you may have. Contact us here to arrange
Where can I find a consultant?
You can look for worldwide BCBA credentialed individuals here on the Behaviour Analysts Certification Board registry
You can also look here on the UK Society of Behaviour Analysts website for Consultants in the UK based on your region
There is also a great list of Consultancy providers here on the fabulous Reach Northwest website
What about cost?
Costs are usually based on an hourly rate. Your Consultant will visit your child and the whole team on a regular basis to review your program and make any further recommendations and changes based on your child’s progress. You will usually be looking at 3 to 4 hours of consultancy every 4 to 6 weeks as a guide but this completely depends on your program and your child’s needs. Don’t forget, a consultation will involve the whole team so if you have tutors, you will need to think about that cost too.
If you are brand new to ABA, you should have an assessment and training in basic ABA principles provided by your consultant. Ask how much this is expected to cost. Will this be charged by the hour and if so, how many hours will this take?
Here at HD ABA we offer fixed price start-up packages that include everything you need to get started so you don’t need to watch the clock. You can download our information pack here. HD ABA Information
What about tutors?
Some families choose to have tutors to work with their children. Some families choose to work with their children on program targets themselves without tutors. It’s a good idea to talk to your consultant about your options and find a solution that works for you and your family.
How much do they cost?
Tutors usually work on a self-employed basis and will invoice you based on an hourly rate. Rates depend on their experience but outside of London, you should be expected to pay around £8-£10 for new or inexperienced tutors up to £18 for experienced and qualified tutors.
Tutors usually work in ‘sessions’ and usually last between 2 or 3 hours depending on your child. How many hours a week is up to you and what is going to work for your family. Make sure you talk with your consultant to find out what they recommend.
If your ABA program is school, it may be that your tutor spends the full day working with your child – do remember they will need a break!
Where can I find tutors?
Social media is a great place to advertise for tutors. Make sure you join all the groups relating to ABA you can and let people know you are looking for tutors.
Your Consultant should also be a good source of knowledge of tutors local to you so make sure you ask them if they know of anyone looking for work.
Here, at HD ABA we are happy to advertise on your behalf should you take consultancy services with us. We also have links with local universities and hold a database of contacts for students who are interested in becoming ABA tutors. Please note, we are not a tutor agency and do not have permission to share these details outside our Consultancy.
Do make sure you check references and request DBS checks (criminal background checks) as Consultants are not responsible for who you choose to take on.