TO ASK IBI/ABA
following is important information you need to ask private IBI/ABA service
providers. Please ask all questions, add any of your own you can think of.
Be sure to include any questions that might be
specific to your province/state/region/country. Write down
all the answers and keep them to refer to for future reference. If you think we
are missing anything, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you require a full psychological assessment before implementing your
program? If so:
Can I use the assessment I
already have from ______ (state clinic, be ready to read off a list of which
tests were used in obtaining the diagnosis)?
Who conducts the assessment?
Psychologist, psychometrist, multi-disciplinary approach?
If I have to use your
psychologist to get an assessment, how much will it cost? Is there a wait list?
If so, how long?
What diagnostic tools (tests)
do you use to conduct assessment?
Ask for a copy of this
Do you have a wait list for services? If so, how long? Do you provide any
interim services for wait-listed families?
What is the cost for your team to come into my home to do programming?
Please provide breakdowns per staff member.
Is there an income dependent sliding scale for those not able to afford
Does the government fund you? How
much is funded?
What age groups do you take?
Do you set up the home program? Do you put together the programming
binder and provide ongoing binder maintenance?
Who is responsible for training materials, paper, storage, therapy items,
Is your staff responsible for cleaning up after the session?
Do you require an adult to be present in the home while your staff is
Are you agreeable to working as a team with SLP, OT and other
How often do you hold staff meetings? Are they at my home? Who can I
invite to attend?
Please break down the services you provide and their costs. For example
Set up the home program so
that I can run it myself?
Provide training to myself
Train my staff?
Have a mixture of your staff
Provide a senior therapist to
write programs and oversee only?
Supervision by a
Regular assessments by this
Have a list of therapists I
can hire to work with my child?
If you are on a wait list for Ontario IBI Funding from Kinark, ask if
they’ve been approved in the past for private funding, if so, how many times
and who specifically approved them.
What training do your therapists have? Your senior therapists? (Please be
very specific i.e. – which courses, how long were they, who conducted the
courses, where they local or out-of-town?)
How often am I invoiced?
Will your staff spend any time building rapport with my child?
Do you supply a list of resources to governmentally funded agencies (i.e.
Kerry’s Place, Geneva Centre) to families?
Do you have a transition to school program? Do you work with the family
on IEPs, IPRCs, behavioral plans etc?
How many hours per week do you recommend to start?
Do you use aversives? Do you use the word ‘no’?
Who is responsible for writing the programs? What training do they have
(if not covered in #11)?
Do you work with children exclusively with ASD?
How about co-morbid conditions such as seizure disorder? Is your staff
equipped to recognize and work around this?
Are they trained in what to do in a medical emergency?
Do you help with life skills such as toileting, eating problems,
dressing, bathing etc?
Do you provide integration into the community program? A social skills
closely do the senior therapist and/or program supervisor work with the
therapists, teachers and parents?
Are parents involved with the planning as part of the intervention team?
Do you train parents how to do programming as well as how to generalize?
Are parents welcome to observe therapy sessions? Can they videotape?
What techniques do you use to manage challenging behaviors such as
self-injury, aggression etc.?
How long typically does it take for your agency and it’s
representatives to return telephone calls?
Please describe your program for communication and language development.
Do you use a picture communication system, sign language or other kinds of
systems? How do you determine what is best for my child?
How do you evaluate a child’s progress and how often? How are the
parents informed? Can you provide written updates?
Do you come to the home or does the child come to you?
Please provide references from other parents who’ve used your services?
August 12, 2002
BBB Autism – June 2002
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