Note: The guidelines on this page were written by a local parent.   For Guidelines developed by the Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis see: Parent Guidelines for Identifying, Selecting, and Evaluating Behavior Analysts Providing Treatment for Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.    Please note that the guidelines below are in the process of being updated.  For current information on certification requirements for behavior analysts please see www.bacb.com and for more about licensure of behavior analysts in Texas please see https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/bhv/bhv.htm.

1. I’ve heard that ABA is the best treatment for kids with autism. How do I get ABA services for my child?

ABA programs have made remarkable differences in many children’s lives.  Finding a good Applied Behavior Analysis  (ABA) program can be challenging, however.  The listings on this site can be helpful, plus be sure to ask other parents, get recommendations and be sure a program feels like a good match for your child.  Your insurance may cover your child’s program if it is supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  Also, to make the best,  most informed choice for your child as a “consumer” or someone who uses ABA services, it may help to have some guidelines.   The questions and answers in the “Consumer Guidelines” that are found here provide tips on what to look for and how to choose an ABA program run by a behavior professional who has the training and experience that will benefit your child.