Choosing the right therapists for an ABA therapy program.

Usually, a mother is the first who understands that the development of her child is not exactly right, thus, she finally meets a doctor to find out what the problem is. After she receives the first diagnosis, so as to confirm or invalidate it, she goes to ask for a second appreciation, and a third. Once the fact that the child doesn't develop normally becomes a certainty, that he/she has autism, or retarded psychic development (RPD), or delay in language development, or ADHD, or disorder in the PDD spectrum, or something else... and that he/she needs a specific supplementary aid, the searching starts to find out what kind of aid the child needs.

When the recommended therapy is ABA, the next step is finding the right therapists. Reading all the available information about the child's impairment is recommended as well as finding another families within the same situation. The help given by a family in the same situation, but which is long past the first stage of the searches, can be extremely valuable during the search phase.
There is the right team for each child and any parent who has patient and tenacity will find it sooner or later. The responsibility for the child's recovery rests equally with the family and the therapists who will have to cooperate in the interests of the child.

A helping questionnaire which shall guide the parent in connection with the competences of a particular therapist / manager would be made up from the following questions:

1.What is your educational background? Where have you learned about ABA therapy techniques?
2. For how long have you actually been practicing cognitive-comportamental interventions (ABA) with children?
3. What books do you usually read regarding behavioral interventions?
4. How many children take currently advantage of your services as an ABA therapist and how many hours a week do you work with each child?
5. Is there a child who took advantage of your services for the whole duration of therapy? What is the maximum duration you have allocated to the same child?
6. To what level of complexity have you reached as an ABA therapist? 
7. With how many teams /families have you collaborated as a manager? What was the duration of these collaborations? 
8. What is the duration of time you have allocated or you allocate weekly, as a manager, for the program revisal and/ or the way of working
9. To what level of complexity have you reached with your teams as a manager? 
10. Can you give us job recommendation letters from the families where you have worked or you currently work as an ABA therapist? Can you give us job recommendation letters from the families where you have worked or you currently work as a manager? 
11. What other occupation do you have? How busy are you?
12. For how long have you been working under the coordination of an ABA specialist accredited BCBA? Who supervised your work during your training?

These questions can point out the therapist and manager's experience, and the answers can offer precious information to the parents in connection with their futire therapists.