Autism Consulting and Educational Services

Lorin McGuire, MA, BCBA

Information about BCBA/Consultation


" Lorin's balance of friendliness and skill makes her an asset to any child's team. She has done such a wonderful job programming for our son over the past 2 years. He is making such amazing progress in his language, and his interactions with family and friends has improved significantly. We have a warm, affectionate, happy little boy who is able to tell us what he needs and thinks, and much of his success is due to Lorin's skillful guidance. "

- Susan, Parent

Requirements for BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) taken from

What does a consultant do?

     A BCBA consultant has the training and expertise to assess your child’s strengths and areas of need, develop objective and measurable goals to meet your child’s needs, create data collection systems to monitor your child’s progress, analyze the data to determine when goals have been met or need to be modified, provide training to therapist(s) on appropriate teaching techniques to help your child meet his/her goals, and provide parent support to help you incorporate effective strategies into your daily routine.

Why is consultation from a BCBA necessary?

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a field of science with decades of research proving its effectiveness at changing behaviors. The field employs highly sophisticated assessments, teaching strategies and behavior change procedures. It is the only approach with research demonstrating its usefulness at significantly changing outcomes of children with autism spectrum disorders. Because ABA is scientifically rigorous, only a program that is designed and monitored by a certified professional falls under the category of an ABA program. Some people may say they are doing ABA because they have attended a seminar or read an article about ABA, but without the requirements listed above, there is no assurance that good ABA programming is in place.

How much consultation is required?

     The level of consultation varies from child to child and should be determined based on your child’s needs, complexity of goals, progress toward achieving goals, and the skill set of the therapist(s) implementing the program. Your child’s rate of progress is influenced by the level of consultation provided by the BCBA overseeing the program. The more frequently the BCBA analyzes the data and observes the program being implemented, the more frequently new goals are introduced to replace mastered goals and the more promptly ineffective teaching can be modified to better help your child. It is recommended that at least 1 hour of consultation occur for every 10 hours of direct therapy. Again, more or less may be appropriate, depending on the factors listed above. If parent consultation is provided without the implementation of a home program, visits are recommended at least every other week.

How are consultation rates set?

     If you work with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, you are assured that your consultant has significant graduate-level training and professional experience related to ABA programming. Due to the nature of in-home (or community-based) consultation, a great deal of time is committed to each child outside of visits, including drive time, phone calls, emails, and materials preparation. In addition, certified analysts are required to stay current on recent research, attend conferences, and participate in other professional development activities to maintain certification. All of this benefits you and your child, and requires that compensation be set accordingly. This is an investment in your child’s future.