When you have a child with autism it can be difficult to know exactly the best way to help them navigate life. There is going to be challenging behavior, and, as a parent, you’re doing a great job helping your child along the way. Even so, It’s not uncommon to feel like there’s more that can be done to help make your child’s everyday life easier. With the help of ABA Therapists, you can. Read our short guide below to learn more about how our team at Compass Behavioral & Developmental Consultants can help your child learn the skills they need to go about life.
Implement ABA individualized treatment plans
There used to be an erroneous belief that people with autism couldn’t learn. However, studies found that children with autism can learn, but the learning process is different. This is where ABA therapy came into the picture.
ABA Therapists will take the time to work with your child to create an individualized ABA treatment plan to ensure that he or she gets the most benefit out of the program. An individualized plan is crucial as not all children with autism are on the same level or need the same lessons. For instance, one child could be learning how to write their name while another is learning how to effectively convey that they want to eat lunch. Both children could be five years old but on drastically different levels. This is why it’s important that an individualized ABA treatment plan is put into place and a behavior clinician will do that for your child.
Monitors progress of treatment
All ABA Therapists have responsibility to evaluate how their child is progressing through their treatment. This means that they will take into account how quickly or slowly the child is picking up the concepts of the skills and evaluate necessary steps to help them continue to learn. This might include taking steps to teach more difficult skills sooner than what was initially planned or even slowing down their program to ensure that they’re truly learning and applying the skills they’ve learned.
Provides therapy in a clinic and at home
A clinic creates an excellent environment for learning for children with autism because it’s learning-focused and mostly free of distractions. Many children do a great job learning in a clinic for these reasons. However, at-home ABA therapy is also a great way to teach skills and behavior in a practical setting. Your child’s therapist might be able to better teach him or her how to make their bed at home rather than teaching the concept by using a small bed for a doll. The balance of home and clinical therapy is a great way for your child to make strides in their development.
Provides parents and BCBAs with regular progress updates
As a parent, you want to know how your child is doing in school. Are they keeping their grades up or are they flunking math? It’s nice to get regular updates on grades so you can track their progress. ABA therapy with a registered behavior clinician is no different. You’ll be given daily, weekly, or monthly updates on how your child is doing and what is being worked on in therapy. This makes it easier for you to know what to expect with therapy outcomes.
In addition to providing you, the parent, with updates, your child’s therapist will check in with a BCBA regularly to track progress. A BCBA can work with the clinician to ensure that your child is on track with their program and make any necessary changes along the way.
Get in touch with Compass for more
If you’re curious about other ways our ABA Therapists can help your child with autism, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We can walk you through the process of how our clinicians will evaluate your child then create an individualized ABA treatment plan.