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4 Red Flags

When it comes to choosing an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy provider for your child, it's important to do your research and find a provider that is qualified and experienced in working with children with autism. However, not all ABA therapy providers are created equal, and there are certain red flags that you should watch out for when making your decision. In this article, we'll discuss some of the key red flags to look for when choosing an ABA therapy provider for your child, so that you can make an informed decision and ensure that your child receives the best possible care.

What to watch out for: Locally Owned vs. Private Equity or Big Corporate Ownership

Choosing a locally owned ABA provider can offer several benefits over a provider owned by a private equity company or large corporation. Locally owned providers are more likely to prioritize quality care and have a vested interest in their community.


Private equity companies and large corporations often focus primarily on financial returns for their investors, which can lead to reduced quality of care as treatment goals are sacrificed to meet financial objectives.

This is the biggest problem that ABA therapy clients currently face.  Do your research. is a lo


What to watch out for: Non-Transparent Treatment Environment

For example: If the ABA program is kept in a shroud of secrecy, this is a big problem.

For example, once company in town that offers ABA therapy services, in addition to Speech, OT, PT, and counseling, does not allow its administrative staff or any NON-aba therapist to see any activity that occurs in the ABA area of the very large building.  This is a RED FLAG.  

If the ABA company does not allow you full visibility to what occurs on a daily basis, this is a RED FLAG.

The clinics must earn your trust.  DO NOT just give it to them.  Ask questions, pay attention, watch closely.

Some local companies are only using the program to make money as fast as possible, and they do not care about your child's progress. They only care about the revenue they can generate from billing your insurance company.


What to watch out for: Parent and Sibling Training

If your provider does not do this, they are probably owned by a private equity company.


What to watch out for: Facility Security

The site need to be secure.  Choose a clinic that has 24/7 surveillance over the treating therapists.  Choose a facility that has limited the ability for a child to run out of the building.  Choose a facility that shows they care about your child's safety.

Do your research

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