Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is considered the gold standard for autism treatment. Its evidence-based approach allows for clinicians, therapists, and educators to track key metrics and apply them to behavioral interventions for children with autism that will actually help. A perfect example of this is the intentional inclusion of parents and caretakers as providers outside of clinical environments.
If licensed professionals are the ones creating and administering behavioral therapy, will doing it at home work? We’ve put together a quick guide to show you how ABA therapy works at home and how you can teach your child by using it.
Does In-Home ABA Therapy Work?
Rest assured, your child’s ABA therapy framework and activities are prescribed by professionals, letting you focus on their application instead of wondering, “Will this work?” Therapists, BCBAs, and other professionals who have vast experience in clinical treatment for autism monitor the metrics associated with your child’s behaviors for analysis and adjustment when needed.
Additionally, an important distinction is that parents and caretakers are not the sole providers of in-home ABA therapy. The goal of an integrated framework is extremely common for autism therapy at home, bringing in therapists and clinicians for arranged visits to provide consistency in and outside of the clinic. Every case and set of behavioral impediments require unique treatment, and consistency across the board will only better help your child get the care they need.
Benefits of At Home ABA Therapy
ABA therapy can be intensive and parents face many decisions regarding the ‘who, what, where, and why’ of a potential behavioral therapy framework for their child. Some of the benefits to weigh about in-home ABA therapy include:
Children with autism are often uncomfortable in clinical settings, especially as they are introduced to new treatments. When ABA therapy is performed at home, the familiar environment can help reduce their anxiety, allowing a parent, caretaker, or therapist to better see your child’s natural behaviors. As a result, the proper treatment can be applied to the actual behaviors that require therapy.
Having ABA therapy at home is easier and less stressful than having to travel to a clinic. Travel can be another source of anxiety for your child, which can make transitioning to in-clinic therapy more difficult.. Once you have a solid ABA framework for your child, at-home ABA therapy can provide significant lifestyle upside.
3. Natural Environment
A big component of ABA is NET (natural environment teaching), and there is probably no setting more applicable than at home. Your child will be able to exhibit their most frequently occurring behaviors surrounding eating, sleeping, and dressing, and there will be natural reinforcers to use in conjunction with therapy.
Another primary goal of ABA therapy is generalization – this means your child will learn how to apply their behavioral modifications across different settings. When your child is able to receive ABA treatment at home, their baseline for developing daily skills will come more easily. The same bathroom, kitchen, or play areas that they are accustomed to will be far less confusing than trying to adjust to new spaces all while learning modified behaviors.
5. Family and Caretakers
We always try to reinforce this – ABA therapy is most effective when parents and caretakers are heavily involved. After all, there is no better teacher for your child than you. The more people who are looking out for your child, proactively teaching your child, and allowing them to practice their behavioral modifications at home, the better.
Ultimately, ABA at home is so effective because it is a safe space where your child feels most comfortable. We make parental inclusion mandatory in our ABA frameworks, and the home is best for applying effective behavioral therapy.
How to Set Up ABA Therapy at Home
If you are working with a quality autism therapy clinic, parent and caretaker involvement is expected. Additionally, integrated services are becoming more and more common, and we recommend communicating this necessary element to any potential clinician or therapist you’re considering for your child.
If there are enough clinicians or BCBAs at a clinic you are considering, they may be able to start a hybrid at-home program immediately. In other cases, there might be a shortage of staff and your in-home visits might be less frequent than you might get from other practices.
However, in all cases, we strongly advocate that parents and caretakers participate in any educational opportunities that a clinic provides. These include webinars, workshops, parental training, and more.
Get At-Home ABA Therapy with Ally Pediatric
At Ally Pediatric, we believe strongly in at-home ABA therapy and parental involvement. Having a meaningful impact on your child’s growth is a team effort, and we would love to provide the framework for exactly that to happen. If you would like to find out more about in-home ABA services for your child, please reach out for a free consultation today. Our experienced staff will be happy to be a part of your child’s journey to success, so let’s start today!