The advantages of ABA for children go beyond just benefitting the child. Including parents and caregivers in ABA educates them on ways to facilitate desired behavior and positive changes in their children.
- A qualified Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) creates an individualized treatment plan that works off your child’s current strengths to increase skills acquisition and decrease challenging behaviors.
- A qualified Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) or Behavior Technician (BT) implements instruction with a child and their behaviors, and the caregivers and family members also receive training.
- Training helps caregivers reinforce what the child is being taught at therapy to help ensure changes are sustainable.
- Caregivers will learn behavior management, the importance of consistent parenting, and how to do it, as well as how to reinforce the behaviors they want to see.
Many people think that when children participate in ABA, the services are solely for them, but parents and caregivers play a much larger role in children’s therapy than one may think. ABA often incorporates parents and caregivers so that they can learn how to facilitate the behaviors they want to see, empowering their children to work on positive behavioral changes under the guidance and support of their caregivers.
This article will explain why parents should participate in ABA with their children. We also explore what skills parents will be taught for strengthening their child’s strengths.
What is ABA?
ABA is a form of therapy that utilizes a scientific approach to understanding behavior. ABA looks at understanding the function (the “why”) behind an occurring behavior while learning how to best modify the environment to promote the behavior(s) we wish to see. ABA utilizes the principles of reinforcement to understand how to increase the future likelihood that the favorable behaviors continue to increase and replace the unfavorable ones.
How does ABA work?
ABA helps children and families replace undesired behaviors and promotes desired behaviors. No one therapy or treatment is a cure-all to eradicate all undesired behaviors but equipping yourself and your child with the necessary tools to help navigate their unique developmental needs can help everyone enjoy a more harmonious life. All children have specific needs that when fulfilled, can help illuminate their paths to success. ABA addresses those individual needs by offering support to both children and their families.
What does ABA teach caregivers?
Parents and caregivers play a leading role in generalizing and applying the new skills being taught in ABA therapy. Family guidance allows caregivers to create their own measurable goals and be directly supported by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to help make their lives easier. This includes helping families reach large milestones by breaking down steps into attainable targets. Family guidance and caregiver support can help conquer family goals as small as going to the grocery store as a family to as big as traveling on an airplane. These goals are individualized to work off your child’s and family’s current strengths to promote positive long-lasting changes.
This is primarily because young children are not yet equipped with the tools necessary to make impactful changes to their own behavior without the guidance of an adult. Including parents and caregivers in the therapeutic journey for their children ensures that they can take sustainable actions at home to reinforce positive changes learned in therapy.
So how can ABA teach caregivers to understand and serve their children in their developmental journeys? The lessons include:
- How to create structure with a routine: Having routines in the morning and at night before bedtime provides the necessary structure to keep your child on task.
- How to manage tantrums: ABA can help parents help their children process emotions, empowering them to limit tantrums and express themselves more positively.
- How to discipline with flexibility: Enforcing discipline while still allowing flexibility for your child to make mistakes creates opportunities for teachable moments.
- How to limit distractions: Limiting distractions is key for children, but by replacing distractions with more productive activities, you can help your child identify outlets for their energy, emotions, and creativity.
Behavioral therapy at Lumiere Children’s Therapy
Lumiere Children’s Therapy is a full-service, multidisciplinary pediatric therapy practice serving children and families in the Chicago area. We provide developmental services like ABA therapy for children from birth to 18 years of age. Our ABA therapy program includes in-home training for parents/caregivers and children in their natural environment.
At Lumiere Children’s Therapy, each child’s specific needs are addressed and met. We believe in neurodiversity and tailor our classes and programs to fit the neuropsychological needs and differences of each child and their family. Our wide range of services include:
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- ABA therapy
- Social work
- Early intervention
We believe in a hands-on approach that aims to benefit children while educating their families on how to positively encourage desired behaviors. At Lumiere Children’s Therapy, your child can benefit from our unique qualifications that go above and beyond required state guidelines, such as:
- A qualified staff of therapists who have all earned Master’s or Doctorate certifications in their field
- 1:1 child/therapist ratio promoting dedicated, individualized attention for your child
- Easy and flexible scheduling – We make it work for you
- A complete suite of services across all disciplines that can be provided in your home (E.I.) and/or our center
- Dedicated and passionate teams of specialists who communicate daily and work collaboratively
- Physical therapists with specializations in infant PT
- A high level of supervision for ABA therapy
- Ample experience in Sensory Integration Therapy and the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) approach to feeding
- Quality curriculum and programs
- A complimentary verification of insurance benefits
- A wide range of programs for schools that work with high-functioning, gifted children
- We are proud to now offer teletherapy, so you can get the most out of our services regardless of where you’re located!
Find out more about our behavioral therapy services and discover how you can help connect with your child and enrich their development. Contact us today.