Having ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) sessions within your home, we strive to help blend in with the environment and respect your home as much as possible. There are a few helpful ideas that can greatly increase the success of your child’s session and overall treatment.
It is very important to tell your therapist about any significant changes your child or family has encountered. Any illness, environmental changes (ex moving), family changes, or change in child’s behavior (ex staying up all night, increase in hitting behaviors) should all be recorded. This will ensure these changes are taken into account before the start of session and the change can be documented. These significant changes can often account for changes in behavior.
Ensuring the child is “ready” for session. This could include having them use the bathroom, eating a snack or meal, and putting away preferred items prior to session starting. Another idea is to have your child help set up the area that work will be completed in. If a child has difficulty putting away a preferred activity, such as an iPad, you could set a timer to help your child know when the item will no longer be available while also having less preferred activities available while they wait for their therapist to arrive.
Work areas should be clear of all distractions. Having favorite toys or items in sight will most likely distract your child from work tasks. We will ensure to bring materials that are highly preferred by your child or will work to hide preferred items your child already owns until it is time to have access to them. If your child frequently changes what they’re preferred item is, you could let your therapist know “Today, we will be working for __________.” when they arrive for session.
Ask your therapist how you or others in the home can be involved in session. A time during session can be agreed upon to help incorporate parents, siblings, or others that are close to the child for a portion of the session. This could include helping to provide teachings your child has previously had success with (we call these items Post Check and Maintenance) or playing a game as a family. This will help give you a sense of what your child is working on during their ABA session.
Not all of these tips may be applicable to your family and that is OK! We understand that each family is unique and may have ways to prepare that differ from what is seen here. We look forward to collaborating with you and your family.