If you have a child who has been diagnosed with autism, applied behavior analysis, or ABA therapy, may be recommended. ABA therapy is designed to help children on the spectrum develop social and emotional skills. This approach helps children on the autism spectrum by increasing their social abilities, implementing maintenance behaviors, teaching them to transfer learned behaviors to new environments, and modifying the learning environment. By understanding how ABA therapy works, you can better prepare to help your child succeed.
What is ABA Therapy?
ABA therapy is based on the principle that all behavior is learned and desired behaviors can be taught through positive reinforcement. This means that children are rewarded for displaying desired behaviors. For example, a child may be given a sticker after completing a task or praised for using polite language. Over time, the child learns that desired behaviors are associated with positive outcomes and is more likely to display those behaviors.
The Benefits of ABA Therapy
One of the benefits of ABA therapy is that it can be customized to meet each child’s individual needs. The therapist works with the child and caregivers to identify goals and target behaviors. Then, a treatment plan is developed that outlines how those goals will be achieved. The therapist may use various techniques to help the child learn desired behaviors, including modeling, role-playing, and reinforcement.
The reward system in ABA therapy encourages children to repeat the desired behaviors. Studies show that when people receive something of personal value after completing tasks or reaching goals, they are more likely to do it again because this makes them feel good about themselves!
Consequences and Behavior
Behaviors that are rewarded lead to more rewarding consequences, while those which receive negative feedback result in less favorable outcomes. Applied behavior analysis teaches your child the connection between their previous actions and how they will be impacted by them later on – for better or worse! Your child’s negative behavior will not change until you start rewarding positive behaviors.
If you think ABA therapy may be right for your child, Blossom Children’s Center can help. With the assistance of ABA therapy, your child can develop the skills needed to succeed.