It is important to prepare for ABA therapy before it starts so you can help to increase success and acquisition of new skills. There are many things parents/caregivers can do to prepare for the start-up of ABA services. Prepare for ABA Therapy with these 5 easy steps!
1. Purchase rewards/reinforcers your child can use in therapy.
Positive reinforcement is a key part of the therapy we provide. Research shows that reinforcement is critical to your child’s success. Reinforcers can be toys, candies, or other activities.
2. Make a space in your house where therapy can take place.
Having a safe and fun environment for therapy to take place can help your child feel comfortable and have fun during their therapy sessions.
3. Plan to be involved – parent involvement is important in ABA therapy.
Parents should feel free to join in therapy to play and run the programs that the therapist is working on. An intervention done by family members can help with a generalization of skills (i.e., using those skills with other people, places, and things).
4. Inform all family members who will need to be involved – family members that that play an active role in the child’s life.
It is important to discuss the therapy with all adults in the child’s life, because if family members and caregivers implement a different reinforcement system, level of demands, or interaction with the child, it may result in reduced effectiveness, confusion, difficulty in learning for the child, increased problem behavior from the child, or frustration for both the parents and the child.
5. Plan to collaborate with other professionals who work with your child.
Collaboration between the various professionals who work with your child (e.g., speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist) can increase progress and ensure that there is no confusion or different ways of teaching similar goals.
Our team of experienced ABA therapists will review the startup process with you, and review additional ways you can help to ensure your child makes improvements through ABA therapy. If you have any questions about starting ABA, please feel free to give us a call at (714) 696-2862.