In-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy at Early Autism Services (EAS) means your child will receive one-on-one treatment from a Behavior Technician under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the comfort and privacy of your own home. This in-home autism therapy approach allows your child to build functional skills tailored to their daily routines within their natural environment.
ABA therapy applies our understanding of behavior to real-life situations. The goal of ABA therapy is to decrease harmful behaviors and increase positive ones. Since ABA is a flexible treatment program, your child’s Behavior Technician will adapt it to fit their specific needs.
One of the main strategies used in autism ABA therapy is positive reinforcement. First, the Behavior Technician will observe your child and identify a goal behavior for them to work toward. Every time your child enacts this behavior, they will receive a personal reward such as praise, a toy or more playtime. Positive rewards will encourage your child to continue this behavior, which leads to lasting change.
The second strategy used in ABA therapy is teaching children to understand antecedents — what happens before your child enacts a behavior and the consequences that occur after this behavior. By understanding why your child is performing a behavior, our clinicians can comprehend how consequences affect the likelihood of your child repeating a behavior.
ABA therapy in a natural setting such as a home or day care is typically preferred as it allows the team to work with your child where their behaviors and skill deficits are occurring. Our in-home therapy typically results in your child more effectively learning the skills and generalizing skills outside of sessions as well.
Our autism home therapy works to build skills in areas such as:
1.) A Familiar Learning Environment
Our home-based ABA services allow your child to work on skills natural to their daily routines. These skills can include daily self-help abilities such as eating, brushing their teeth, appropriate play, toilet training and more. It will also allow your child’s therapist to observe your child in their natural setting, which will help them establish more accurate and personalized goals.
In-home therapy is extremely convenient for most families. Everything from our initial consultation to daily treatment can take place in the privacy of your home. Our in-home ABA services will help your family maintain your child’s typical routines. Many families find that private ABA therapy offers convenience for minimizing the added challenges of planning meals, navigating traffic, adjusting schedules and more.
3.) Family Involvement
EAS highly encourages parents to be actively involved in their child’s therapy program. Family involvement could include sitting in for a song, being present for activities or simply having an open line of communication with your child’s therapist. It will also help your child’s therapist to observe interactions between you and your child or your child and a sibling. Being actively involved in your child’s behavioral therapy sessions can allow our team to provide helpful feedback and even create new goals for your child’s home-based ABA therapy program.
For families who may not be able to stay involved, even with at-home ABA therapy, EAS offers a convenient app for all our parents to keep you up to date with daily activities and programs toward goals.
While the primary goal of at-home ABA therapy treatment will largely depend on your child’s specific needs, this form of therapy effectively teaches your child many new skills. During the ABA therapy process, some children have seen improvements in areas such as:
- Showing greater interest in the children and adults around them.
- Effectively communicating their needs.
- Clearly and specifically asking for something.
- Showing improved focus in school and other academic settings.
- Reducing negative or self-harming behaviors.
- Experiencing fewer tantrums or negative outbursts.
To maintain these positive behaviors, it’s essential for Behavior Technicians and caregivers to positively reinforce the desired behavior as much as possible. Using in-home ABA services allows for greater involvement, and your Behavior Technician will give you strategies for effective reinforcement. In-home therapy also allows your Behavior Technician access to behaviors your child may not perform in public, such as tantrums, and will teach you how to avoid reinforcing this and other negative behaviors.
If you are ready to schedule a free consultation at one of our many locations or want to speak with somebody from our team, give us a call or click on the link below. Our team can provide you a basic overview of our programs, answer questions about our approach, discuss costs and walk you through your insurance coverage.
We will also schedule an in-home consultation where one of our clinicians will sit down with you and your child to understand their strengths and needs. From there, we’ll work with your family to create a personalized therapy program to help your child build on their current skills and accomplish new ones!