Choosing the right therapist for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is important. Finding one that not only works well with your child but can talk you through what you can do is an important part of the process. But what sort of qualifications and personality traits makes for a good therapist for your child?

Desired Qualifications for your ABA Therapist

Your therapist should have at least a bachelor’s degree in childcare, psychology, child development, behavioral analysis or related field. (They will need a doctorate to run a private practice.) It is also required they have a state license. This will ensure they are a trusted therapist who is covered to treat your child in the way they should be treated.

Most states require your therapist to have a doctoral degree, complete internship experience, gather one or two years of practical experience and sit the state licensing exam to perform ABA therapy. But some have supervisors to allow them to practice too.

Do some Research; Shop Around for the Right ABA Therapist

Some other ways to gather information is to call around and talk to other patients and their families. If they feel involved with their child’s therapist and have a good rapport with them this is a good sign that your therapist will work well with your family.

Not all therapists will click with you right away, sometimes you need to meet with several therapists to find one that you feel comfortable leaving your child with. After all, worrying about your child’s progress and the therapist they are with, instead of staying positive and enjoying the experience, will cause issues in the future.

How Should Your ABA Therapist Act?

Once you have hired your therapist it is important that they are reliable, stick to a good routine, and enjoy spending time with your child. If the therapist doesn’t enjoy your child’s company, laugh with them and have fun with them, this can put a dent in your child’s progress. They should also be reaching out to teachers, your child’s doctors and integrating themselves into the team that makes up your child’s treatment.

And the number one way to tell if you’ve found the right therapist who knows their stuff, is if your child is making progress under their guidance. You can always try a new therapist later if this isn’t the case, sometimes it’s best just to make the leap with a therapist you like and see how it goes.