If you are struggling with finding a quality service provider for your child, or if you are wondering if the ABA services you are receiving are appropriate, the ABA Autism Special Interest Group, with funding from the New Jersey Center for Outreach & Services for the Autism Community, have provided a set of guidelines that are extremely valuable:
In this document, they provide consumers with information about board certification for ABA providers and what other qualities to look for to increase the chances of receiving the quality services that your child deserves. They note that certification is NECESSARY, but not SUFFICIENT for selecting a qualified professional. In other words, someone who provides ABA services and who is not certified should be questioned regarding their education and ability to provide services. However, just having that is not enough, you should look at the applicant’s experience with autism, and with the age group and functioning level of your child.
This document was put together with a lot of expertise and thoughtfulness, I hope you find it helpful!