Do your research and ask questions, but remember to trust your instinct. This person will be working in your home and with your child. You will want someone you feel comfortable with. You should be able to ask questions and give input – you know your child best.
A few things you may wish to consider are the following:
- Which approach do they use? Does the professional understand the above abbreviations? Do they understand the difference between the principles (these are derived from the science of BA) vs the procedures (these are defined by the specific needs of your child and how the science is applied)?
- Will they go to various environments?
- Will they work with your family and friends?
- Do you feel they understand the vision you have for your family and child?
- Do they take data? (They must take data or they are not using behaviour analysis)
- Do they have supervision?
- Will they accept crisis calls?
- Will they train your extended family members?
- Can anybody cover their work if they fall ill?
Above all remember that you steer your family.
You may need help - we all do from time to time, but at the end of the day you are the person who makes the decisions and you should feel empowered by those you work with.