Helping children and adults with behavioral disorders or health conditions to live full lives is the driving force behind family caregiving. Of course, not all types of therapy help everyone, but it’s always important to stay on top of the different types of support that could be useful.
ABA therapy, for example, has been known to help people on the autism spectrum, or people living with other learning disorders, with their educational and developmental needs.
Here’s what you need to know about the practice and the benefits it may provide.
What Is ABA Therapy?
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a form of therapy designed to encourage positive social behaviors in children and adults living with certain developmental disorders. ABA therapy techniques can be applied in a variety of different environments, including the home, making it an ideal option for autistic children who might struggle in unfamiliar environments.
ABA Therapy Techniques at Home
ABA therapy is usually led by a licensed ABA therapist, who meets with your child to assess his or her behavior in order to design an effective treatment program. The goal of therapy is to improve children’s social and behavioral skills and prepare them for real-world situations.
Through different ABA techniques, your child will identify certain behaviors through a lens of “before and after.”
Examples of ABA techniques include:
- Looking at what happens before a behavior occurs
- Identifying behavior that is then triggered by the event
- Evaluating the consequences
Positive reinforcement is an effective tool that many ABA therapists implement in a child’s treatment plan to encourage positive outcomes. ABA therapy is adapted to the individual child—with ongoing evaluations to make sure it fits your child’s needs.
Benefits of ABA Techniques
There are various ways to practice ABA therapy techniques at home, with the guidance of your child’s therapist. This approach can be especially helpful for autistic children, because your child can meet with a therapist in a place he or she is familiar with!
Parents and family caregivers can also receive ABA training techniques from a therapist to perform at home to help strengthen and encourage the child’s skills on a daily basis.
In terms of practical benefits, ABA therapy has been known to improve social and intellectual skills in children who might otherwise have struggled in a traditional school environment. For example, children are more likely to remain in school when they receive ABA. Parents have also reported that children are less easily frustrated and can communicate better after ABA therapy.
To learn more about ABA therapy services, the first step is to speak to your child’s pediatrician or a medical healthcare provider about this treatment option. Although Best Care does not provide ABA therapy evaluations or services, we do offer comprehensive pediatric home care services for autistic children.