Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a form of therapy designed to encourage positive social behaviors in children and adults living with certain developmental disorders: “The goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning,” (Autism Speaks). ABA therapy can be applied in many different environments, including the home, making it an ideal option for children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
What Are ABA Therapy Techniques?
ABA therapy is led by a licensed ABA therapist, who meets with your child to assess his or her behaviors in order to design an effective treatment program. The goal of therapy is to improve your child’s social and behavioral skills and prepare him or her for real-life situations, as well as strengthen these skills and positive habits as your child ages into adulthood (Psychology Today).
How ABA Therapy Works
Through different activities, your child will identify certain behaviors through a lens of “before and after.” Autism Speaks refers to this approach as “A-B-Cs” steps, which involves (1) looking at what happens before a behavior occurs, (2) identifying a behavior that is then triggered by the event, and (3) evaluating the resulting consequence: “that is what comes directly after the behavior. It can include positive reinforcement of the desired behavior, or no reaction for incorrect/inappropriate responses.” Positive reinforcement is an effective tool that many ABA therapists implement in a child’s treatment plan to encourage positive outcomes.
For ABA to be successful and produce positive results for your child, the therapy must be monitored and evaluated on an ongoing basis, as treatment may need to be modified as your child ages and experiences new social events and challenges.
What Are the Benefits of ABA Therapy?
Because ABA therapy can be performed and practiced inside the home, this type of one-on-one intervention program can benefit children living with ASD. Rather than having your child receive treatment in a care facility, your son or daughter can meet with an experienced therapist in the comfort of your home, which provides them with a safe, familiar space to develop and learn at his or her own pace: “ABA is considered the “gold standard” for autism intervention for children with autism by many state agencies and school districts.” (The Autism Community in Action).
Additionally, parents and family caregivers can receive ABA training techniques from a therapist to perform at home to help strengthen your child’s skills on a daily basis.
ABA Therapy and Home Care Services
To learn more about ABA therapy services, speak to your child’s pediatrician or a medical healthcare provider about this treatment option. Autism Speaks offers a helpful guide on how to find ABA services near you.
Although Best Care does not provide ABA therapy evaluations or services, we do offer comprehensive pediatric home care services for children living with ASD. Contact us today to learn more about our agency and how to get started with personal care assistant services for your son or daughter!