Would you believe that some vulnerable clients are being charged up to $500 per month to be on Behaviour Consultant’s (BC) waitlists? With no services delivered at all!
I thought I had heard it all, but now hearing of this has made my blood boil. How professionals could possibly take advantage of such vulnerable families (usually immigrant families with poor English skills) is beyond reprehensible.
Is it legal?
Sadly, yes. If a contract is signed and waiting fees are specified, then it is legal.
Is it ethical?
Unbelievably according to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) there is nothing about such fees that would trigger sanctioning of one of their members.
Is it right?
In my humble opinion this is disgraceful and unbecoming of a professional. Any Behaviour Consultant taking advantage of families like this should hang their heads in shame.
What Can You Do?
As a parent (especially one new to the world of autism) you need to get involved with other parents and learn what is appropriate and what isn’t. I would recommend that you join the Autism Support Network Parent Facebook group. It is a closed group that is only viewable by it’s members. Parents can ask questions and quickly have them answered without worrying about what others may see online.
Knowledge is power. Please get involved.