How do I know my child with Autism Spectrum Disorder is receiving Quality Therapy or Intervention?

How do you know that a Therapist or Service provider from whom you are receiving services for your child diagnosed with Autism is of any good?

Ideally, they are supposed to be the expert in their respective fields. But how can you, as a parent who is very new to this whole Autism world, supposed to know that your child is getting what he/she really deserve?

When you have a child with Autism or any other diagnosis, you are instantly thrown into the deep end of endless rounds of hiring the professionals (Behavior Consultants, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Behavior Interventionists), visiting different therapy clinics, and a world of new jargons.

This checklist is meant to be the bare-bones minimum of quality indicators that define an evidence-based, family-centered practice. There are some considerably basic questions that you can ask yourself to determine whether the services you are receiving are of high quality. These questions apply to all the professionals with a range of different designations (Behavior Consultant, Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, etc.).

(Hint: the answer to every question should be YES!)

Choosing the best Service providers can be unnerving, but there is a strategy to be had. Before you start comparing them, gather everything you need to paint a complete picture. You’ll need to know much more than what they say to fairly weigh their quality of services.

If you would like to learn more about our multi-disciplinary services, do not hesitate to contact or call us at 778-395-8752.

Shalini Das

Director, Board Certified Behavior Analyst,Occupational Therapist

Shalini is one of the co-founders of Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy. She currently oversees the clinical and administrative departments of Symbiosis. Shalini has more than 25 years of experience working with children with autism and developmental disabilities.

Shalini completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy specializing in Pediatric Neurology in 2000. She also has her Masters degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.Shalini is listed in the RASP list as a Behavior Consultant and an Occupational Therapist.

Shalini has extensive clinical experience with assessment and program development that is designed to treat challenging behaviors, build communication, and functional life skills. Some of the team-based intervention which she incorporates are the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), SCERTS, DIR®/Floor time model, etc.

Shalini has trained & supervised several teams of therapists, parents, and other professionals on evidence-based behavioral strategies to improve the quality of life for the children. She also assists with the development and implementation of evidence-based treatment approaches, in addition to providing clinical guidance and mentorship to the Behavioral intervention team.

Shalini is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) from the University of Southern California and in Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) from NDT Association, USA. She also enjoys working with children in Symbiosis embracing different therapy models while viewing the challenges faced by the children through the developmental framework.

Shalini is the mother of two children and understands the importance of considering the needs and wants of all members of the family when establishing therapy goals. She spends her spare time with her children and husband, reading, traveling, and cooking different recipes from around the world.