Throughout my years studying Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) there are have been several different methods of therapy that I have encountered. Growing up it was my impression that ABA was only Discreet Trial Training (DTT), or in simpler terms, a therapist sitting across from a child and teaching a certain skill over and over. Although I have done this form of therapy, this is not the only strategy of ABA that I have experienced.
ABA is the most recommended form of treatment options for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Even though there is research that supports ABA treatments, some still have reservations about ABA therapy and may choose a different treatment path. ABA therapy is a growing field with new research and strategies being developed each year.
Although some may still seem hesitant about the benefits of ABA, I have seen tremendous changes in the quality of life for so many children. For example, I was working with 3 year old twins who were quite opposite in their behaviors. The boy was an aggressive, high energy, child who barely formed full sentences. His sister was non-communicative, quiet, and disinterested in any social interactions. After just 1 month of intensive ABA services, I was amazed to see the progress of both children. They had begun to form full sentences in social situations and the aggression had drastically decreased to near zero levels. They were capable of playing independently for the first time with less constant supervision and support for problem behaviors.
It was beyond amazing to experience such significant changes and improvements in a limited time period. The support of the parents and the follow through of the recommended ABA strategies was crucial to the growth of both children during this process. ABA strategies can easily be integrated into everyday family life.
ABA just works!