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ABA services can be provided by a variety of different entities include, but are not limited to, private companies, schools, local government agencies, and collaborative partnerships and foundations. Additionally, consultants and therapists offer separate packages for these services.

Typically, a team consisting of several tutors, a senior tutor/supervisor, and a consultant/case manager implements the program. The service provider trains the tutors, who receive close supervision. Previous experience is not necessarily required for tutors.

Family members usually participate in two or three sessions per week. Some families prefer to hire tutors from within their family or through volunteers, such as local church groups. However, most families choose to hire tutors from universities or by placing classified ads.

In general, ABA programs involve:

  • Evaluating the skills and difficulties of the child.
  • Determining goals and objectives, e.g., learning how to say ‘hello’.
  • Assessing behavior frequency.
  • Plan and implement a program that teaches the preferred behavior.
  • Continuous measurement of required skills to ensure the program is effective.
  • Continuous program enhancement, making corrective actions when needed.

The way these components are applied differs from one child to another. For instance, an ABA program can be applied in the home of the family, clinic, school, or center. However, it can also be applied in two or more settings. The behavioral intervention program initially takes place in the child’s home by a group of tutors under the supervision of a consultant/case manager. The program can then be applied to other environments whenever the child progresses.

Program Frequency

Originally, Professor Lovaas’ research recommended between 32 to 40 hours of tutoring per week – 2 or 3-hour sessions at a time. Some families apply the program 5 days a week, continuously working on general skills on weekends. Whereas others include nursery placements and behavioral interventions, thus they apply for the program on weekends as well.

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Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

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