ABA is used to either increase or decreases any behavior. As a discipline, ABA providers are focused on the improvement of socially important behaviors such as speech or communication, social skills, academics, reading and adaptive living skills such as gross and fine motor skills, daily living skills like toileting, dressing, eating, personal self-care, domestic skills, and work skills.
Research supports, at a minimum, 25 hours per week of intensive behavioral intervention for young children diagnosed with autism for 12 months a year as an average. The original Lovaas studies showed that approximately half the children were able to achieve typical development with, on average, 40 hours per week over at least 2 years. There is no single study that can inform a parent of the best number for their child. ABA should be incorporated into a family’s lifestyle by learning how to apply some techniques in the context of daily activities.
Mindful ABA is teaching my clients how to acknowledge the space between a situation they are confronted with and their reactions to it. If we learn how to recognize when a situation is a potential trigger for negative reactions we have traditionally used, then we are able to be open to learning more how to react in a way that will have the outcome we want. This is something that, when I work on this with my clients, we are able to teach these strategies so they are part of the
repertoire before they are triggered next.
Parents play an essential and critical role in the child’s treatment plan because no one knows the child better than the parent; they provide critical and insightful information that will help guide me in the ABA treatment. Parents are able to continue to prompt and reinforce the child through daily activities – an important part of generalizing skills.
I work directly with your child at home
We will develop a Treatment Plan tailored to your child's needs. This treatment plan includes a detailed behavioral plan of how to respond to your child’s behavior in the home, as well as plan for the school environment as well.
I observe the school environment and your child's reaction to it to see if I can be of support for their school team.
You are the expert on your child, therefore I will work collaboratively with you to develop strategies to help your family.
Additional time can always be set aside to provide comprehensive training and support for parents and caregivers.