Friday, August 3, 2012

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy Breaks Life Into Smaller Steps

With ABA therapy, children are given the ability to take concepts and behaviors in smaller, easier bites. Behaviors are broken down into their most basic steps, and each step is repeated until it has been learned and can be mimicked without prompting. Over time, the steps are put together so that the child is able to perform a routine task without stress or confusion. It is important for educators to understand that autistic children are highly capable, but that they simply learn differently than most students. ABA therapy essentially helps them learn how to learn.
Another means in which ABA therapy is quite effective is in teaching students to break negative patterns of behavior. With autistic children, the attention gained from scolding or reprimanding is not seen as a negative response, but as a reward of attention, so breaking negative habits takes a different strategy. With ABA training, negative behavior is ignored entirely, while a positive response to the same trigger is rewarded with attention, a sticker, or some other small but enjoyable response. This helps to condition the child into behaving and reacting appropriately to various situations and stimuli.
If you are a parent, educator, or school administrator, encouraging your school district to integrate Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is an excellent idea. The approach can prove to be beneficial for all students, and it can truly work wonders for autistic children. These kids deserve the chance to learn while among their peers if possible, and the skills and behaviors offered by ABA help to increase these chances. ABA therapy can also give students the skills they need to function well into adulthood. With affordable DVD courses available, it is possible for any school system to provide educators with high quality ABA training that can give every student the chance to learn at the best of their ability.
Garrett Butch is the father of a 6 year old with autism and the founder of Maximum Potential Group.
Maximum Potential has developed courses that train parents and school systems how to work with children with autism.
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