Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions that we are frequently asked regarding our services and ABA. However if you have further queries please feel free to contact us at anytime.

How do we begin services with BeChange?

The first step is to call or email us. Following a brief phone conversation we will set up your initial consultation with our clinical supervisor. The purpose of the consultation is to gather background information and discuss your goals. Following this we will recommend what services best suit your needs. Together we will make a plan that is tailored to the individual, family and or school environment.

Does BeChange only implement ABA?

All procedures implemented at BeChange are based on the well researched principals of learning and behaviour. It is a common misconception that ABA only includes discrete trail training, however this is not accurate. ABA encompasses a wide range of teaching techniques and procedures which includes but is not limited to natural environment training, video modeling, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), peer tutoring, fluency building. Furthermore teaching procedures can include visual strategies to facilitate learning. Click here for more information about ABA.

My child does not have a diagnosis but i still have concerns. Will your services suit us?

Yes. BeChange provides interventions for ALL children. We have experience working with typical developing children in their home and education settings. It is common for parents to encounter challenging behaviours such as tantrum behaviour on outings, difficulties with bed time routines and fussy eating. We have found that with some support and guidance parents gain the knowledge and confidence to overcome these obstacles. Evidence shows that the right support early on will increase social compentency later in a childs life.

How much do your services cost?

Due to the individualised nature of our services costs will depend upon the specific needs of the child, family or educator. Following the initial phone/email conversation an in-person consultation is scheduled with our clinical supervisor.Typically this consultation will last one hour.The purpose of this consultation is to discuss your concerns and goals with the clinical supervisor while one of our Behaviour Therapists spend time with your child to assess their skills and behaviour. Following the initial consultation recommendations for the types of services required and an estimate of these costs will be provided.The cost of the initial consultation is $150 plus GST.

What does the BCBA™credentials mean? 

BCBA™stands for Board Certified Behavior Analyst. It is an international certifcation that provides the standards for what constitutes being qualified to practice Behavior Analysis. There are currently 10,000 BCBA™ worldwide and 26 in New Zealand. 

To qualify to sit for the BCBA™ examination a person must have a Masters degree in a human service field like Behavior Analysis, psychology, special education, etc.  They must also have undertaken graduate level coursework specific to Behavior Analysis.  In addition they must have completed supervised experience (e.g. an internship) under someone who holds the BCBA™.  Finally, they must have their application approved by review of the board and take and pass the standardized examination.  What this means is that the person has established a minimum set of both academic and applied skills as attested to by their training, supervision, and passage of the BACB™ examination.  BeChange cannot speak on behalf of the Board (BACB), so for more information on this topic please visit the Board's website

What does a Behaviour Therapist do and what are their qualifications? 

A Behaviour Therapist is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of our BCBA's (Erika Ford and Ryan Hissong). The role of a Behaviour Therapist is the direct implementation of skill-acquisition and behavior-reduction plans developed by the supervisor. A therapist will collect data and may conduct certain types of assessments (e.g., functional assessments). A Behaviour Therapist is not responsible for the design the intervention plan only the direct implementation. 

Our Behaviour Therapists come from a range of different backgrounds and experience, however they must:

  • Be pursing university study in psychology or a related field
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check at the time of application
  • Complete our in-house training program (conducted by a BACB certificant) 
  • Pass our Therapist Competency Assessment administered by a BACB certificant

Click here to meet our Behaviour Therapists.