Planning, directing, and monitoring effective ABA programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorders requires specific skills and competencies. Individuals with autism, their families, and other consumers are encouraged to ensure whether people who claim to be qualified to direct ABA programs actually have the necessary competencies, and hold prospective providers accountable for delivering quality services (e.g., to ask them how they use objective data to plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions they use). Not every ABA service provider has the competencies required to optimally address the needs of every individual with autism.
Please note that professional certification in behavior analysis is evidence that a professional has met minimum competency standards related to the practice of behavior analysis; however, it does not guarantee that the individual has specific expertise in the treatment of autism nor that she/he has the training or skills needed to produce optimal treatment outcomes. Training Necessary to Direct ABA Programs for Individuals with ASD’s (Adopted from Association of Professional behavior Analysts and BACB Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) There is a large gap between the supply of qualified behavior analysts and the demand for ABA services. Thus consumers should exercise caution in evaluating individuals who have, or claim to have, credentials and expertise in designing, overseeing or implementing behavior analysis. Please exercise extra caution if your child has complex neurological needs. Please take the time to read over the recommendations by the Autism SIG above.
Our ABA BCBA registry is updated regularly as providers share additional information. You can always contact the providers directly through the Behavior Analysis Certification Board Certificant Registry.
BCBA’s and ABA Providers please let us know:
- Your licensure or equivalent credential through WA state Department of Health as a health care professional - follow the link for more information on how to become credentialed
- The funding sources you accept
- Your preferred contact information
- Your area of special interest
Families, please take a few minutes to complete our BCBA recommendation form, share your experience with other families!