FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not sure that ABA is suitable for my child? How does it work?
ABA is based on the principles of learning which apply to all people, not just children with autism. Every behaviour and skill that we all learn is a result of the same processes used in ABA! An ABA program will use a developmental assessment to identify your child’s current skills and skill deficits, and then develop an individualised set of programs to break down priority skills into smaller, easy to learn steps. Once your child can consistently do those easy steps, they are put back together and increased in complexity until your child is able to do the big picture skill independently.
Who supervises the program?
All Pathways EI programs are designed and supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). A BCBA is a person who has earned a graduate level certification in behavior analysis. They must also have a minimum of a master’s degree and completed intensive practical supervision in the application of behaviour analysis.
Pathways EI programs are implemented by independent behaviour therapists that you hire. We may be able to assist you by putting you in touch with potential behaviour therapists whose availability may suit your schedule, however we do not employ them directly. Our families also play a big role in recruiting potential therapists themselves. A great website for finding and recruiting therapists is the Facebook page ABA Therapy Directory Australia. You can also find therapists by advertising on university job boards, hire up and other job search websites.
How much does a program cost?
The cost of the program is tailor made based on your child’s needs. An initial 15-30-minute chat is free and during this time we can decide what is the best service for you and your family and this will guide the cost of the program.
Will ABA professionals work with Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists?
ABA programs often collaborate with other professionals like OTs, Speech Pathologists, teachers and educators to provide a consistent, team approach to your child’s learning and reduction of problem behaviours. If your child is receiving services from multiple service providers, it’s a good idea to speak to each of your professionals to identify if and how they collaborate with other services. Discussions via email, phone, or face-to-face meetings may be important to ensure consistency for your child, and to get the most out of the services they are receiving.
Will NDIA fund an ABA program?
Yes, the NDIS will fund ABA as an intervention for children and older learners with autism. We are not currently an NDIS approved provider and therefore families will need to self-manage their NDIS funds to access funding for a program with us. If you are not currently self-managing your NDIS funds, you can ask for this to be changed via contacting your NSW Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Transition Partner or Local Area Coordination.
What if my child doesn’t have autism?
ABA is based on the principles of learning which apply to all people, not just children with autism. Your child does not need to have a diagnosis of autism to benefit from ABA. Many children with other developmental delays, such as global developmental delays and speech delays may require support in achieving their goals. Contact us to discuss your child’s unique needs and we can assist in determining if we are the right service provider for your child.