Can I, as a parent or caregiver, be trained to conduct therapy?
Gateway Behaviour Services places a high value on the input and involvement of the family. We involve the family from the start and listen to your concerns and goals for your child. Siblings may be needed to work on play or social skills, parents/caregivers are encouraged to participate in therapy sessions and receive training so they can implement the effective teaching strategies with their child when the therapy team is not around, and any behaviour reduction plan will succeed or fail based on how much other people around the child follow it. You are not expected to sit on the bleachers while the ABA team does all the work. Think of it more like you are on the team. You may not be the quarterback, but you have a vital position to play in every single game.
Who does what?
ABA therapy typically utilizes a tiered service-delivery model in which a Behaviour Analyst designs and supervises a treatment program delivered by Behaviour Interventionists or Technicians.
Behavior Analyst’s clinical, supervisory, and case management activities are often supported by other staff such as Junior Behaviour Consultants and Assistant Behavior Analysts working within the scope of their training, practice, and competence.
Such models assume the following:
The BCBA or BCBA-D is responsible for all aspects of clinical direction, supervision, and case management, including activities of the support staff (BCaBAs, JBCs, and BIs or RBTs).
The BCBA or BCBA-D must have knowledge of each member of the treatment team’s ability to effectively carry out clinical activities before assigning them.
The BCBA and BCBA-D must be familiar with the client’s needs and treatment plan and regularly observe the BIs or RBTs implementing the plan, regardless of whether or not there is clinical support provided by a BCaBA or JBC.
Tiered service-delivery models that rely on the use of BCaBAs, JBCs, and BIs or RBTs have been the primary mechanism for achieving many of the significant improvements in cognitive, language, social, behavioural, and adaptive domains that have been documented in the peer-reviewed literature.
The use of carefully trained and well supervised BCaBAs, JBCs, and BIs or RBTs is a common practice in ABA treatment.
The use of a tiered service-delivery model produces more cost-effective levels of service for the duration of treatment.
It additionally permits sufficient expertise to be delivered to each client at the level needed to reach treatment goals. This is critical as the level of supervision required may shift rapidly in response to client progress or need.
Tiered service-delivery models can also help with treatment delivery to families in rural and underserved areas, as well as clients and families who have complex needs.
We are happy to answer any other questions you may have about our services, ABA, or funding options.