When you’re considering private ABA Therapy or another type of therapy for your child in Ottawa you have two options:
1. Using one of the local private centers:
Communicare – Floortime therapy
Emerging Minds – ABA and Early Start Denver Model.
Portia Learning Centre – ABA
Spectrum Intervention Group – ABA
TIPES – ABA
We have chosen to go with option #2. Everyone’s child and situation is unique so it’s nice to have the option between centre-based and home-based. There are definitely positive and negative aspects to each. The home based therapy is well suited to a family that wants to be intimately involved in their child’s program, and doesn’t mind an extra person around their house several times per week!
The first thing I did was to post in the Ottawa Autism Support Yahoo group looking for parents that already had experience setting up a home program. I wanted to see what was involved in setting it up and how much work we could be expected to do. I had some great responses and spent a few weeks touching base with these parents and taking lots of notes. During these conversations I received referrals for some of the ABA Therapists they had used at their homes. Combined with using the internet, I was able to narrow it down to three therapists that we were interested in conversing with more.
After that, I sent each therapist an email asking for resumes and any other documentation they had pertaining to their business and/or program. I also requested references. I contacted every single reference and received amazing information back from all of them. Each one gave me a little bit of insight I didn’t have before. Talking to these parents was key to me understanding exactly how the process works and what we could expect to be happening in our home. I can’t stress enough how important these conversations were for me. Parents, if you’re reading, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! It was great to connect with you.