1. Researching the Therapy

    As a parent new to the diagnoses of Autism or with little knowledge of Applied Behavioral Analyses (ABA) therapy, the whole process of researching the therapy and life your child could face is overwhelming. But reading about the nuts and bolts of the therapy and what kids with autism go through, in clinical dry ways, only gives us so much information. Researching the step by steps, understanding the language, and talking to a therapist about your concerns are all legitimate ways to discover what you’re getting into—but it can’t prepare you for how it feels or even looks like living it. T…Read More

  2. When your child is Autistic, it’s good to be armed with as much information possible.

      When your child is Autistic, it’s good to be armed with as much information as possible. You could ask your therapist and doctors hundreds of questions, but with limited time to give you they couldn’t possibly cover the vast subject of ABA and Autism in one or two sessions. However, one way you can find out more is through reading and research. Below is a compiled list of recommended books to get you started: A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies and a Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism This book will help you integrate ABA into the home by teaching…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. 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