As a parent, finding out that your child has autism spectrum disorder or behavioral concerns can feel overwhelming. However, it is important to realize that autism isn’t a disease that needs to be cured. Every child is unique and understanding their symptoms and/or specific difficulties using applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy can vastly improve their quality of life. At Journey Autism & Behavioral Care Centers, we can guide you on how to prepare for ABA therapy so that your child can reach their full potential.
ABA is an evidence-based therapy that is built upon positive reinforcement. It identifies the areas where the child needs improvement, teaches them vital skills, and motivates them to build healthy habits.
To know more about preparing for ABA therapy and its unique benefits, contact us at 844.222.4513.
How to Prepare Your Child for ABA Therapy
Preparing your child for ABA therapy can be daunting, especially if it’s their first session. As a parent, you can ensure that your kid is comfortable and motivated to apply the skills learned from the ABA sessions.
If you’re unsure how to prepare for ABA therapy, these simple tips and tricks should help:
Tell Your Child a Story
Most children enjoy role-playing and going on adventures. You can tell them a story about the new people they will meet and the fun activities they will do together during the sessions. That way, ABA therapy will be something they will actively look forward to.
Bring a Special Toy or a Security Blanket
Since ABA therapy works on positive reinforcement, it is important to praise your child for all the small things they do right. To reassure them further, they can bring their favorite toys or even their security blanket to the session. Since ABA therapy is a new situation that they have to adjust to, having their toys near them will make them feel comforted.
Communicate Your Child’s Needs to the Therapist
While preparing for ABA therapy, make sure you have in-depth discussions with your therapist about your child’s needs and difficulties. ABA therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, and the therapist may use different strategies and techniques to find out what works best for your child. Knowing more about what your child likes and dislikes can help in planning fulfilling activities and the right rewards.
At the same time, your child may have certain triggers. Knowing them in advance can ensure the ABA therapy session isn’t stressful or uncomfortable for them.
Have Snacks and Drinks on Hand
Sometimes, ABA sessions can get quite intense. There might be running around, jumping and other fun activities that involve physical exertion. Do ensure that your child has access to snacks and drinks, preferably their favorite ones, to motivate them further and ensure that they’re properly hydrated.
Establish a Routine
Children with autism spectrum disorder can greatly benefit from routines. Instead of suddenly scheduling an ABA session, try to incorporate it as part of their regular routine at a convenient time.
Find Help at Journey Autism & Behavioral Care Centers
At Journey Autism & Behavioral Care Centers, we provide evidence-based ABA therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
We offer a family-centered approach and individualized care, helping kids and adults develop the necessary skills to cope with life’s challenges and achieve their long-term goals. Our clinical programs are all led by experts in the field of ABA and we also provide ongoing professional development and training for our staff. Finally, we believe that a second set of eyes is the best practice and ensure that there are always two clinicians in the room during a session.
Contact us today at 844.222.4513 to learn more about our specialized therapy programs.