*You never know which private agency your child's case will be contracted out to for services and you often cannot choose whom to work with when granted a contract through the Regional Center (or other state-regulated agency). Unfortunately, state-regulated agencies do not have the time to routinely audit the companies they provide contracts, and some companies become so driven by the monetary benefit of having contracts and renewing contracts when adequate progress is not met, that they begin to fail the families they serve. The following is a list of three of the most common issues associated with service providers:
- Your Service Provider and/or your Program Supervisor are not Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) or cannot provide evidence they are actively pursuing certification.
- Another note: Applied Behavior Analysis is a specific, scientific based approach to managing behaviors and educating a person with an ASD/PDD. Your Case Supervisor should routinely show you graphical representations of your child's progress. If you have not seen data collected for graphical analysis, you are NOT being provided with ABA services. Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board describes graphs as "the fundamental tool for organizing, summarizing, interpreting, and communicating the results of ABA."
- Your Program Supervisor fails to observe your child at least once every two weeks.
- Your Program Supervisor cannot/will not answer your questions.
The certification granted by the Board of Behavior Analysts is currently the only nationally recognized program that assures the professional has had specialized education, training, and supervision applicable to Applied Behavior Analysis. You can learn more about this certification and qualifications by going to the website of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and looking under "consumer information." www.bacb.com