Home based therapy at Breakthrough ABA offers the child the chance to develop skills in their home’s familiar and natural environment then generalize them across various other settings. The home provides an opportunity to manage behaviors that can only occur in the home setting instead of alternative environments. Behavior and skills assessments are conducted, and then based on the results, a treatment plan is developed to address the child’s behavioral and developmental needs.
Several procedures can be used to address the child’s behavioral skills, communication skills, daily living skills, and social interaction and play skills, such as:
Throughout the day, there are many instances where children struggle to know when it is acceptable and when it is not acceptable to behave in a certain way. For example, learning to listen and learning to tolerate and cope when things don’t go their way is an essential skill to develop for maintaining meaningful relationships with others. The intervention services are based on understanding “why” the child is behaving this way. Subsequently, the child is taught skills based on communication and reinforcement to override the need to engage in challenging behaviors.
These are strategies used to prevent challenging behaviors from occurring, such as using visual schedules, giving choices, giving scheduled breaks, and mixing instructional tasks according to the response effort needed.
Behavior Management Strategies
There are strategies used when problem behaviors occur to deescalate or manage the behavior as it is happening.
Some rewards are used to increase the likelihood that an appropriate behavior will occur in the future, such as providing verbal praise, social praise, or providing the reinforcers that the child prefers.
Children learn functional language skills such as requesting and labeling items and following directions in a 1:1 setting in the early stages of the treatment. As their communication and language skills develop, they are taught more complex language structures such as verbs, adjectives, sentence structure, and initiating and maintaining conversations. These skills are taught using ABA-based instructional techniques such as Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Training (NET).
Because of deficits stemming from ASD, many autistic children have difficulty acquiring basic daily living skills. Several assessments can be utilized to evaluate the daily living skills of the child. Different protocols and task analyses are developed to address each skill. The task analysis breaks down complex steps into smaller steps that can be easily taught in a structured manner to the child. Examples of daily living skills are toilet training, dressing, mealtime behaviors, and sleep and night routines.
Social Interaction and Plays Skills
Impaired social communication skills and behaviors is a basic characteristic of ASD and therefore an important focus on treatment. Social skills programming addresses concerns relating to interacting with others, playing on their own, and avoiding interaction with others, just to name a few. The program specifically targets critical social communication needs that the child requires as a prerequisite to
developing relationships with peers and joining larger groups or classroom settings. Examples of targeted skills are listening, communicating, independent play skills, playing with others, turn-taking, asking for help, and demonstrating and understanding “social rules.”
Contact Breakthrough ABA for Home Based ABA Services in Houston, Jersey Village, Cypress, Memorial, Energy Corridor, Katy, Spring, Tomball, Richmond and Pearland areas
Each child deserves the best possible future, regardless of their developmental challenges. It is possible to give them the support they need to thrive in a wide array of settings. Breakthrough ABA offers a variety of services to children between the ages of eighteen months and ten years old, including:
- Center Based ABA Therapy
- School Support
- ABA Parent Training
- ABA Social Skills Training
- ABA Telehealth Services
For more information about the services available or to enroll your child, please contact Breakthrough ABA today at 281.899.0146.