FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where do you provide services?
Our therapy centres are in Leeds and London we also provide services throughout
Autism Partnership UK doesn't have a
centre in my area, how can I arrange for services?
Autism Partnership UK's experience and expertise in training therapists, teaching assistants and teachers results in effective ABA programmes across the country. Families have been very successful hiring university students, recent graduates, and even experienced ABA therapists to provide 1:1 ABA instruction. Autism Partnership UK Consultants provide regular training, programme development & monitoring and on-going support to staff and parents.
Will Autism Partnership travel to my area of the world?
Autism Partnership consultants travel and provide services to children worldwide. Please contact us directly to discuss the availability of a consultant to come to your area.
How soon can I get started?
The first step is to contact our Head Office and provide information about your child, the services you are interested in, and your location. One of our Regional Coordinators will contact you to discuss your needs in further detail, and provide information about the availability of our staff. Once you are ready to proceed, your Initial Workshop will be scheduled as quickly as possible.
How can Autism Partnership UK services be funded?
Funding opportunities differ from area to area. Funding can be provided through a child's Statement of Special Educational Needs. However, families also pay privately for services or receive funding from charitable organizations.
What is the best age to start an ABA program?
The sooner you begin intervention the better. Don't wait! Research into the effectiveness of intervention with students demonstrates better outcome with early intervention. But, it's never too late to start. The strategies of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) can help individuals of all ages.
My child is still young, won't he get tired?
A key to ABA success is to immerse the child into treatment for as much of the day as possible. We don't want to lose valuable time. Young children are able to not only tolerate intensive intervention but thrive on the stimulation. It is important use as many opportunities throughout the day to teach appropriate skills and to reduce the child's opportunity to engage in detrimental behaviours. Working regularly with children as young as 20 months, Autism Partnership staff have unequaled expertise in providing treatment sessions that are age-appropriate, energetic, playful and full of reinforcing activities, while respecting the natural stamina of the child. When intervention is creative, natural and fun, children are eager participants. Fatigue and ability to engage are closely monitored and the number of weekly intervention hours are adjusted accordingly.
How many hours of treatment should my child receive?
Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for your child. Since research and our clinical experience confirm that children who receive more hours of quality behavioural intervention make better progress, it is common for children served by Autism Partnership UK to receive between 20 and 45 hours per week when services begin. Mastery of skills, reduction of interfering behaviours, increased independent attendance in school and/or more involvement with friends and community activities may result in a recommendation for a reduction of time spent with ABA staff.
Does this treatment work for high functioning children?
It's a common misconception that ABA doesn't apply to children who are at a higher functioning level. ABA is designed to provide a varying level of structure according to the needs of the student. High functioning children are better able to learn in a less structured format and the programme is adjusted accordingly. In fact, ABA strategies are incredibly effective and important for this population. Autism Partnership UK has expertise in concentrating on sophisticated skill sets that are often overlooked. The development of meaningful friendships, operating independently and self-monitoring behaviours are an essential part of therapy.
As a parent, will I be involved in my child's treatment?
Parent involvement and ability to implement Applied Behaviour Analysis strategies are essential for obtaining the best long-term outcome for a child. Therefore, we are committed to our partnership with parents. Once receiving services from Autism Partnership UK, your Programme Supervisor will schedule individual parent training sessions on a regular basis. To improve skills, parents can participate in some of the weekly ABA sessions and should attend all team meetings and Consultation sessions. We recognise this is a tremendous commitment of time and energy, but we know it is critical to
the success of the child's programme and both the child's and the family's quality of life. All of work the AP team does with a child is greatly amplified by the involvement and expertise of parents.
As a parent, I'm concerned I'll have too much to do. Any advice?
Research indicates children make the most significant progress in the first two or three years of intervention. While the initial learning curve is steep, many parents adopt a mind-set that the extra time and effort spent now will reduce stress on them in a very short time and result in the children requiring less intensive intervention in the future. Many of our parents have been successful in committing to the process by building a solid support system. By having family members and friends help with child-minding other children, making or obtaining teaching materials, or cooking dinner once in a while, parents have been able to maintain focus (and sanity). Although we know this is difficult, some families have found it is worthwhile for one of the parents to reduce their work hours.
What is the length of an ABA programme?
That's a difficult question to answer. The vast majority of our families require services for two to four years. Prepare yourself to give 100% during that time. Some students stay longer, but with a reduced model of service (e.g., school support, case consultation, etc.). If you're going to embark on an ABA programme, you should prepare for a long, but incredibly rewarding journey.
How do I know if Autism Partnership UK is a right fit for our family?
We are not the agency for you if you are interested in: using a variety of treatments that do not adhere to a behavioural model, following an eclectic approach, not making treatment decisions based on solid research, or not participating in the intervention process, including parent training.
We are the agency for you if you are interested in: utilizing treatment strategies that are scientifically supported and presented in an age-appropriate manner, working with professionals who have been providing effective ABA treatment since the 1970's with students on the autism spectrum, and actively participating in the process by learning all you can to effectively relate to and respond to your child. If you have high expectations for your child's future, we would like to be a partner with you in their treatment process.