ABA Therapy is not easy. These procedures are time consuming, require consistency, and can be emotionally draining. Problem behaviors will get WORSE before they get better. And usually behavior change occurs gradually. This is not to discourage you. I want you to have realistic expectations before you decide to start ABA at home.
This may be for you if:
- You are on a waiting list for direct ABA services, and are looking for ways to help your child in the meantime.
- You are on a waiting list for an Autism screening and don’t qualify for ABA services yet.
- You can’t find direct ABA services in your area.
- Your child doesn’t have an autism diagnosis or any other neurological disorder, but has challenging behaviors you would like to see improve.
- You are becoming overwhelmed by your child’s behaviors and want to improve the relationship between the 2 of you
Committing to these services means:
- ♦ You have at least 30 minutes per day to work with your child.
- ♦ You are able to be consistent with the procedures.
- ♦ You are open to the possibility of modifying your own behavior. Sometimes a treatment plan will include goals for parents as what you are currently doing may be hindering your child’s progress. Altering your approach and your own habits may be the best way to alter your child’s behaviors.