Applied behavior analysis is one of the systematic approaches to treating autism symptoms that decreases maladaptive behaviors and increases communication. The therapists rely on empirical observation and assessments of communication and behavioral skills to make a customized therapy plan for each kid they work with.
ABA is an Effective Treatment for Autism
Kids who undergo ABA therapy are being taught alternative behaviors by techniques improving communication, self-care, play skills, and social relationships. ABA is effective mainly because it is possible to apply its principles in structured environments, like a classroom, and the unstructured, often unpredictable environment of everyday life.
ABA Benefits the Entire Family
Whatever affects the one with autism, affects the whole household. As such, in case of therapies dealing with the kid in structured settings, the impact on his or her real-life behavior can be limited. Kids learn communication and behavior strategies in the classroom or treatment center, but cannot always apply these lessons to experiences at home or in their community.
Kids who get ABA treatment at home often respond better as they are in an environment, which is functional and natural. This is true particularly when parents are also involved in the ABA treatment process. For several kids with autism, having parents close by give them a sense of safety and security – two qualities which make the therapy more effective. Progress breeds confidence, which sets the kid up for even better progress.
In-home ABA treatment can directly affect a child’s verbal behavior, social skills, self-help skills, family interactions, and independence. Two of those are covered below.
Family Interactions and Social Skills
The world of kids with autism is filled with social norms, which each person except them appears to understand. It is difficult, even frustrating for these children to understand complex human emotions. It is a continuous struggle for these kids with special needs to figure out what others around them feel, think, or know. Regardless of how much they progress, the world appears to get even more complicated with every passing year.
In in-home ABA treatment, the therapist has the chance to observe the kid’s interactions with their family members, body orientation, proximity to others, attending, and sharing. This lets the therapist establish a starting point or baseline for ABA treatment based on present reality.
In this form of therapy, several social skills are taught to the child with a trusted grownup demonstrating and showing the skills. This is usually true even if the objective involves interaction with brothers or sisters or other kids.
ABA therapy focuses on consistent behavioral patterns, so working with their kid long after the professional has left home for the day can be very useful. This ongoing work makes family interactions stronger, and weaves ABA therapy into normal daily occurrences. This approach offers consistency, which kids with autism crave.