Hey guys! - Hope you all enjoyed the weekend. I want to again personally thank those of you who have been reading, writing in, and supporting this blog. I have been getting tons of e-mails from parents and teachers not only asking me questions, but providing me with a lot of insightful stuff that I want to share with the rest of you!
I noticed a handful of people writing in about something called ABA therapy (Applied Behavior Analysis).
First, I want to give a shout out to Carla for writing that e-mail in. Its always nice to hear from educators in the field helping children on the spectrum. I have never heard of this, and decided to do some research.
I found this site (see link below) that explained ABA in a nutshell for me.
How does ABA work?
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is widely recognized as the most effective, evidence-based treatment for autism and is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and American Academy of Pediatrics. ABA therapy fosters basic skills such as looking, listening, requesting and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective. ABA also helps reduce behaviors that make it difficult for children to learn.
How does EAP provide ABA services?
ABA therapy is offered at clinics, schools and in homes and is provided under the direction of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Therapists work closely with families and education professionals and apply the principles of ABA to teach language, social, self-help, academic, daily living and life skills.
Each child is unique and early intervention helps ensure each child has the opportunity to be mainstreamed into a traditional learning environment and become more independent.
So, let’s face the facts - every child with developmental issues is a unique case and I know theres a WIDE range of methods. Never in these posts am I saying “HEY YOU SHOULD DO THIS AND NOT THAT!” - I’m not a scientist, just a Mother trying to find what works best for her son. Since journey with Greyson is relatively new for me, it can be overwhelming at times . There is so much information out there! I’ll read an article where one person swears by a certain method then 10 minutes later I’ll find a site that contradicts what I just read.
Just know I LOVE hearing from you guys - it is giving me more peace of mind knowing I’m talking to real people going through what I am going through. I am truly learning a lot and genuinely enjoy reading these stories.
Anyway, I am very curious about this ABA Therapy. If any of you have put your child through this program or know someone who has, PLEASE write in to:
I would love to hear and discuss this further.