3. Is your BCBA able to explain concepts in a way that is easy to understand? Many treatment plans are written in heavy behavior analytic jargon. This sometimes is counter-productive. A BCBA that is skilled will be able to use terms that you understand and introduce you to new concepts in a way that is easy to comprehend. They should provide examples that make these concepts relatable to you.
4. Will your BCBA be coordinating care with others on your child’s team? Your child may have speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, teachers, or others. Your child may have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or be on medications that may affect their mood and behavior. The BCBA working with your family should be meeting as needed or even routinely with all the crucial components of your child’s team. This helps to ensure that all your child’s therapies are consistent and that all components of your child’s life are taken into consideration.
5. How accessible will your BCBA be? Ask them how often they will check in with you and the behavioral team. Typically, a BCBA oversees one or more behavioral technicians that work consistently on your child’s program. The behavioral technicians will implement the program alongside you and your family, under the direction of the BCBA. It is important that the BCBA provides supervision at a 1:10 supervision to direct therapy ratio -- this means that the BCBA is present with your child for a ratio of 1 hour for every 10 hours of direct therapy time. In addition, as you have questions, you should feel comfortable asking your BCBA as these questions arise. Are they available and responsive via phone, email, and/or text?
The BCBA working on your child’s team is your partner in your child’s program. It is important to have a partner that is skilled, collaborative, and one with whom you have great rapport.
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