Sunday, March 13, 2016

Applied Behavior Therapy

There are a few different types of therapies and ways to help your child with autism. For my boys, Applied Behavior Therapy (ABA) has proven to be the best for them. I am a 100% believer in this type of therapy.

Behavior analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one such principle. When a behavior is followed by some sort of reward, the behavior is more likely to be repeated. Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviors and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning.
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior. ABA is widely recognized as an effective therapy for individuals on the autism spectrum.

If I could give any bit of advice to new parents facing an autism diagnosis.....get your child in ABA as soon as you can if it is possible!!

ABA is not simply just sending your child to therapy for the day while you, the parent, go about your business. Parents play a CRUCIAL role in their child's ABA program and how they respond. This is what one website said...

What is the role of the parent in an ABA program?

Parents are indispensable in the child’s program. They play a necessary and critical role.  Studies show that children whose parents are actively engaged in the process make measurable gains (4). First, no one knows the child better than the parent; the parent’s provide critical and insightful information that will help guide the ABA program. Second, parents are able to continue to prompt and reinforce the child through his and her various daily activities - an essential component to generalizing skills. Finally, parents are in a position to be able to record and track ABC data in the home and community setting. This information is vital in hypothesizing the function (the “why”) of specific behaviors as well as for determining what conditions encourage behaviors to occur.

A parents role is extremely crucial!!! Everyone in the house has to be on board or the thousands of dollars each year spent out of pocket isn't going to be as effective and you are only hurting your child.

We are blessed to have an amazing ABA facility that the boys attend. Trenton receives 35 hours per week and Andrew receives 17 hours.

Here is Trenton working with one of the amazing therapist at Harsha Cognitive Center.

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