Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA therapy is one of the most effective methods for assisting children with Autism in learning new skills. A qualified ABA therapist offers the greatest ability to identify a child’s needs and develop early intensive ABA treatment plans aligned with your child’s abilities. But you may be surprised at how much you can use your daily routine to reinforce ABA therapy at home. Here is a brief overview of how to carry over what your child learns by working with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Registered Behavior Technician through practice at home.
Seek Out Skill-Building Opportunities
Based on your interaction with your child’s ABA therapist, consider which parts of your family’s routine are a good fit for practicing ABA skills. Perhaps it’s as simple as sitting in a chair or maintaining eye contact for a short time or a more complex task like matching and sorting or even personal hygiene skills like brushing teeth. Identify activities within your routine and focus on those efforts.
Communicate the Behavior You Want to See
Whether it is practicing sitting in a chair or holding a toothbrush, use clear language and modeling behavior to show your child what you want them to do. Use a step-by-step explanation that breaks it down into more manageable tasks that can be mimicked one after the other. You may need to start small, such as mastering picking up the toothbrush and holding it comfortably, before going onto the next step.
Reward or Repeat
When your child demonstrates the preferred behavior, it is important to provide positive reinforcement that feels rewarding, such as praise. If a child isn’t successful, ask them to repeat the task. It can take a lot of work to build those connections between the steps until a child masters a task so be patient with your child and yourself.
Are You Interested in Supporting Your Child with ABA Therapy at Home in Hazlet?
The Puzzle Place delivers the highest quality early intensive ABA therapy for children with Autism and supports their families, too. We are a team of trained and certified Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians serving your young child with Autism at our state-of-the-art ABA therapy center, and we focus on learning through play in a caring environment for meaningful progress. When you’re ready to see how much your child can achieve through center-based learning supported by practicing ABA therapy at home, contact us to learn more about our early intensive ABA programs and schedule a tour.
Support for Children with Autism Through ABA Therapy at Home in Hazlet
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Posted on December 3, 2021