Thursday, October 18, 2012

ABA Therapy and Data Collection

For decades, ABA Therapy has been the most effective form of treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders. With many years of research having been conducted and showing time and again the effectiveness of the method, there is little doubt why it is the only treatment for Autism that most insurance companies will cover. One of the things that make ABA Training so effective is the rigorous data collection that occurs at every step along the way.
With ABA Therapy, data is collected after each section of teaching on a daily basis. This data is charted and typically graphed over a certain period of time. This helps parents, counselors, and teachers understand what areas of learning are progressing the most for a child as well as what areas need the most work. This helps significantly in designing an effective curriculum and can be the key to ensuring that a child learns everything they need to stay on par with their peers.
For home providers of ABA Therapy, data collection forms and graphs that are pre-made can be rather effective in helping parents form a curriculum that will be most effective. These graphs allow you to fill in the different things you are currently working on and help you to chart them in an easy to read and understand format that lets you see at a glance how progress is being made. By using these forms you can truly see all of the remarkable progress that your child is making from the objective viewpoint of hard data.
Many data collection packages come with a number of different types of forms. From graphs and probe sheets to reinforcement lists, there are many forms that can really help you maintain accurate data. While important for all providers of ABA Therapy, they can be especially important for parents to help them to see progress and hang-ups as data and to separate the emotional aspect of parenthood from the teaching aspect in order to best help their child.
In all, data collection is a very important part of ABA Training. Key to developing a curriculum that constantly teaches and pushes a child to learn and stay ahead, data collection helps children to learn as much as they can as quickly as possible. This can make a significant difference when preparing a child to enter school with their peers. With proper data collection, you can develop a curriculum that truly works, and when everything runs optimally, you can often help your child to not only go to school with their peers but to excel when they are there.
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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