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ABA Services in Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

Updated: Sep 16, 2022

Many families request ABA services at school for their child, not just at home. How do you add ABA services into your child's individualized education plan (IEP)? Here are the steps to take:

  1. Document the need for ABA services in school due to previous, unsuccessful interventions for your child. Make sure to bring data collection of previous, unsuccessful interventions as evidence when meeting with your child's IEP team.

  2. Make sure to get recommendations from your child's teachers and other service-related providers in their school in which they request ABA therapy services in school for your child.

  3. Your child's IEP team will evaluate reports and materials for your child's need of ABA therapy in school. The team will look for regression of skills and/or unsuccessful interventions.

  4. When your child's IEP team approves, they will add ABA services into your child's IEP, and your child will receive ABA therapy at school.

  5. When your child's IEP team does not approve ABA services, then parents have a right by law to file for a request for a due process hearing to resolve the disagreement.

Keep in mind that if your child is already receiving ABA therapy services outside of school, make sure your insurance company can cover for costs of ABA services in school as well before advocating them into your child's IEP.

Do you think ABA services should be implemented in schools like OT, PT, and speech therapy services?

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