A little while ago I wrote about 20 activities your child can work on in ABA.
If you’re not familiar with ABA, it is Applied Behavioral Analysis.
You can check out my last post on this topic and how it’s been amazing for my son.
That post has been one of my most popular ones and so I’ve decided to explore a little more on the topic.
I gave just 20 activities that your child can work on, but there are so much more!
How do they come up with what to work on?
I asked our amazing BCBA (Board Certified Behavioral Analyst) and she kindly provided a little breakdown of how they plan it out.
What you have to realize is the success your child will have absolutely has to do with how good your vendor is and how good the person working with your child is.
They should be working WITH YOUR CHILD, and work THE WAY YOUR CHILD LEARNS.
This is so important!!
If ABA is something that is hurting your child and not helping then it is being done incorrectly.
Make sure you and your child are comfortable with the person that is working with them. It is vital in your child making progress and learning.
Examples of Skills Learned in ABA
Toilet training, hand washing, dressing, novel foods, bathing, self care.
Imitation, categorization, pre-academic skills such as colors, numbers, letter ID, memory, visual processing.
Greetings, independent play, turn taking, sharing, manners, appropriate volume, following directions.
PECS, verbal imitation, receptive/expressive object labeling, non-verbal communication,
Three point grasp, pointing, drawing/coloring, cutting paper, buttoning buttons,
Ball play, riding a bike, maneuvering play equipment, balancing, jumping, racing, other whole body movements.
Other Skills That Can Be Worked On
Helping children with experiences such as doctor’s visits, tolerating showers, tolerating different clothing materials or different types of footwear, being around different animals/pets.
Learning how to behave appropriately and safely in various locations and social settings. Examples are the library, church, park, grocery store).
Introducing coping skills.Identifying how different actions affect others.
Learning opposites, how and why, more and less.
Managing vitamins and medications, homework routines, any other time of day routines, chore routines.
Learning to discriminate between types of people in the community and what type of information can be shared with each. Learning who are “workers” or “community helpers”. Who is safe to talk to and who isn’t.
Play dates, outings and other social opportunities to build social skills.
Anything else you can think of that your child needs help with ABA should be able to help.
Remember that YOU are the PARENT and you are in charge. They may be professionals but you know your child better than anyone and you are your Childs advocate.
I hope this list of skills helps you get some ideas.
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What kind of skills has ABA worked on with your child?
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