Usually your consultant will spend 8 hours or so assessing your child and developing programs, then he/she will meet with the new team and teach them how to deliver the programs. If you have a lead therapist, that person can work with all BIs for the first month to make sure they are all delivering the programs consistently. This is less expensive than paying the consultant to do it, and just as effective (besides, the consultant probably won’t have time to do it). The consultant can overlap the new therapist once they have been trained up, to tweek any outstanding issues.
Hanley Protocol or Practical Functional Assessment (using IISCA)
There is a new development in ABA that is extremely effective for safely helping children with self injurious behaviour or aggression. Practical Functional Assessment starts off quite differently from the usual ABA start up. In this case, the consultant or one BI under close direction of the consultant, will work directly with the individual with autism. As explained in Practical Functional Assessment for Parents: “At treatment onset, problem behavior is initially replaced with a more efficient form of communication. This simple response is then shaped to be more developmentally appropriate and capable of being understood and acted upon by others. Skills are then taught relevant to tolerating delays and denials of the materials, activities, or actions of others that are often the target of the communications. Finally, important leisure, academic, or vocational skills are strengthened during treatment in the same situations that used to occasion problem behavior and relying on the same consequences that used to maintain problem behavior.”
The next step is to set up the administration of your team. Make sure you read through Autism Funding in BC which is a website designed by a parent (with parent input). Keep networking with other parents to get ideas on how to set up the therapy room, how to keep track of expenses etc. The Autism Support Network will inform you of any workshops on team administration.