1. How to see the signs of an Antecedent

      Applied behavioral analyses therapy  (ABA) applies a tool that behavioral analyses use called ABC – Antecedent, behavior, consequence. This is a technique used in many behavioral therapies and is the foundation of why we do what we do, as human beings. Every single parent has a behavior that we would like to change in our child, even if they aren’t Autistic. We wish they would put their socks away, not tantrum, go to bed on time or do their homework without being asked. As parents we negotiate, punish and set boundaries to help our child achieve the behaviors they need once they en…Read More

  2. The Benefits of Getting Your Autistic Child ABA Services Before the Age of Three.

    If you’re a parent of a child who has recently received a diagnosis of Autism under the age of 2, you will consider what therapies can help them. After all, they may not be verbal right now, they may have little comprehension of the world around them – you may wonder how on earth anyone could teach them socialization and if therapy is even worth it. I know I had many of those thoughts myself; especially since many parents spend countless hours trying to teach my Autistic sons skills with little progress. One of the first therapies you will likely hear about is Applied Behavioral Analyses (…Read More

  3. Analytical Behavioral Therapy Applied by Parents Over Therapist

    Analytical behavioral therapy (ABA) is a great therapy for Autistic children and studies have shown that parents who do this at home get better results. There are several online courses to help us learn how to do this, but we can also ask our therapist what they would recommend we do at home. Having said this, there will be times where we as parents won’t get the same fast results that a therapist would. For example, one of my children couldn’t use sign language no matter how many hours of effort I put in. Along came a therapist, and he signed within the week. It’s upsetting when a thera…Read More

  4. How Do You Know If Your Autistic Child No Longer Needs ABA Therapy?

    Applied Behavior Analyses (ABA) is a wonderful therapy for your Autistic child; it works on their negative behaviors, social skills, speech, educational skills and more. But how do you know if your Autistic child no longer needs ABA therapy? What stage of functioning is ‘good enough’? How Do You Think Your Child is Doing? The first step to determine this is the observation from you and the therapist. Interaction with peers, and how other children are behaving and performing around them, will work well as a sounding board. If they appear to work well in classrooms and other environments, it…Read More

  5. Applied Behavioral Analyses (ABA) Helps a Child to Catch Up!

    Children with Autism often lose years of learning, other times an Autistic child stays on the same level of learning, so it seems as if they will never gain new skills. This can cause parents a lot of anxieties about what exactly is going to happen when school comes. We may wonder things such as, ‘if our child is struggling to even speak, how will they have basic knowledge in shapes, numbers and letters?’ Applied Behavioral Analyses (ABA) helps a child to catch up. It may seem without ABA they struggled to progress at all, but with it, learning will take off like a rocket. ABA teaches rapi…Read More

  6. Can Applied Behavioral Therapy Help a Child Who is Non-verbal?

    Many children on the Autism spectrum have trouble with speech. This could be because of Apraxia which is a motor disorder that makes it hard for children to use their mouths to form words, or maybe they simply can’t communicate as well as the rest of us. This doesn’t mean they can’t communicate in other ways such as picture cards, behavior (good and bad), sign language and electronic devices. But can Applied Behavioral Analyses (ABA) help a child who is non-verbal? The short answer is yes. ABA is essentially performing an antecedent (an action, a request), the child performs a behavior, …Read More

  7. Using Data to Determine the Best Course of Action

    When it comes to your Autistic child and applied behavioral analyses (ABA), it’s important that all sorts of factors are measured. This means your therapist will be using charts, data and numbers to determine the best course of action. But why would they do this? One reason is a prediction. When a child needs to reduce problematic behavior it’s measured rather clinically so the therapist can work towards a realistic goal. Some measurements to achieve this are; when a behavior happens, where, with whom, and how often. Measurements can also be a great help for the parent as we see changes we…Read More

  8. Will A Child Only Respond To The Way It’s Taught?

    There is a question that is often asked about Applied Behavioral Analyses (ABA) and it is ‘will my child become a robot?’ When a parent see’s a child taught the same thing over and over it’s a natural conclusion. “My child only responds this way because he is told to.” Truly, we are all taught how to react to certain situations by our experiences – in fact, it is a perfectly human thing to do. We say please and thank you because our parents kindly taught us manners and reminded us again and again to use them. We are scared of clowns because we learned they were menacing through e…Read More

  9. Questions to Ask When Finding the Right Therapist

    Before your child starts Applied Behavioral Analyses (ABA) therapy there may be many things you need to know about ABA and your therapist. ABA therapy can increase your child’s learning abilities which helps in all areas of their life, so it’s important to find the right therapist. But what questions can parents ask to get the right results? What are your qualifications? A good response would be – somebody with a BA in fields pertaining to psychology and child care, and a certificate in ABA. What experience do you have? Can you refer me to other parents you have worked with? A good thera…Read More

  10. Effective ABA Outcomes When Parents Are Involved

    Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a fantastic therapy for an Autistic child, as it helps to achieve something called generalization. This is when a child is able to perform actions in all areas of their lives. If you’ve ever seen your child use certain words, or perform certain tasks at school but not at home (or the opposite) ABA therapy can help! But to do this we as parents need to be heavily involved. Research has shown that parents who are involved with their child’s ABA therapy are more likely to succeed. ABA therapy is labor intensive and takes a whole team, a parent who has a bi…Read More