When she informed us that his name had been pulled (lottery style) and he was going to receive services, I had absolutely no idea what we were in for. I was actually overwhelmed and intimidated by the thought of "intensive" home therapy, and considered turning down the slot. I am immensely glad I didn't.
ABA is not easy, it is not a quick fix, but it is worth the time and dedication it takes. Through ABA I learned how to analyze my son's behaviors, social, academic, sensory, emotional, to determine better ways to help manage them, change them or address the needs they indicated. I have learned how to help my son learn, how to help him cope with anxiety better, how to decrease OCD and sensory triggered behaviors and how to help us all have a more peaceful and comfortable life together. It's not perfect, it never will be perfect, but by learning about ABA I am better able to handle situations effectively when they occur.
If you are considering ABA and whether or not to try it with your child, I would advise with a resounding YES! And there are many reasons why it's a great intervention for your child and your family. I could try to explain and expound on these reasons, but luckily I read a wonderful article recently that explains it more eloquently and clearly than I probably can. Here is the link to the source - followed by the full text of the article. Again, NOT my work, re-posting a very well written article with credit and reference:
Source Article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3196209/
The Top 10 Reasons Children With Autism Deserve ABA
Reason 10 Children with autism deserve ABA because there is more scientific evidence demonstrating ABA “works” than there is for any other intervention or treatment
Reason 9 Kids with autism deserve ABA because they are human
This is an alien child who landed in my life by accident. I don't know who this child is or what it will become. But I know it's a child, stranded in an alien world, without parents of its own kind to care for it.
Reason 8 Children with autism deserve ABA because it will help their parents be the best parents they can be for them
Reason 7 Children with autism deserve ABA because it will help teach them how to sleep through the night and use the bathroom
Reason 6 Individuals with autism deserve ABA because it is the best defense against the tyranny of low expectations
Reason 5 Children with autism deserve ABA because it can teach them the skills necessary to make friends
Reason 4 Individuals with autism deserve ABA because it enables their parents and teachers to capitalize on their strengths and preferences
I'm sensitive. You're high-strung. She's neurotic.
I'm concerned. You're curious. He's nosy.
I like things to be predictable. You're stuck in your
ways. He's inflexible and rigid.
Reason 3 Children with autism deserve ABA because it can teach parents how to respond in the moment
Than I would start the next line, “Full of . . .” and Ben
would continue, “grace.”
Ben would reply, “Yes!”
So, I'd start, “Hail . . .” and Ben would say, “Mary.”
Then I'd say, “Full of . . .” and Ben would say,
And Ben said, “Yes!”
So, I said, “Hail . . .”
And Ben grinned sneakily at me and said,
Ben said, “yes.”
I said, “Hail . . .”
And he looked me right in the eye, and said, “Beth!”
Reason 2 Children with autism deserve ABA because some day their parents are going to die
Reason 1 Individuals with autism deserve ABA because it can prepare them to be their own best advocates
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