For parents who are entering their child into therapy for the first time or who are unfamiliar with the method, ABA therapy may sound confusing. Many parents wonder, what happens in an ABA therapy session? What is the goal of ABA therapy and how can it help children who are struggling with autism?
Our mental health clinic is familiar with the common concerns that parents have regarding ABA therapy. Our Denver office has worked with many families and caregivers to help them understand how the ABA therapy process works and find ways to support their loved one. Below, we’ve outlined some answers to common questions our clients have regarding ABA therapy.
ABA Therapy FAQ
Q: What is ABA therapy?
A: While ABA is primarily associated with Autism, the technique has been applied to many different situations. Many professionals in the fields of healthcare, education, and business have found ABA techniques to be extremely beneficial in promoting positive behaviors. The goal of ABA therapy is simply to decrease problem behaviors and improve positive ones.
Q: Where do therapy sessions take place?
A: ABA therapy sessions are not always confined to an office. Sometimes, a therapist may deem it beneficial for therapy to take place at a child’s school, home, or in the community. Additionally, studies have shown that parent involvement can make a great deal of difference in a child’s treatment and therefore many therapists encourage parents to reinforce learned concepts at home outside of therapy sessions.
Q: Who provides ABA therapy?
A: ABA therapy can only be provided by a licensed professional such as a licensed psychologist or licensed psychologist associate. Treatment is overseen and monitored by a BACB certified clinician.
Q: How many hours of therapy are needed?
A: The number of hours of ABA therapy needed each week varies on a case-by-case scenario. It all depends on the needs of the child. For some children, two hours of therapy per week is sufficient. However, it is not unusual for a therapist to recommend 25-40 hours of weekly therapy.
Q: How do children benefit from ABA therapy?
A: ABA therapy is designed to increase the occurrence of positive behaviors and help children develop important life skills. Studies have shown that ABA therapy can help with intellectual functioning, attentive skills, language development, social skills, and more.
It’s completely normal and understandable to feel concerned about your child’s well-being, especially when they’re starting a new type of therapy. If you have questions about ABA matters, it’s always best to speak to your child’s therapist or a qualified professional.
Get More Information on ABA Therapy
At Emerge, we are always happy to chat with parents and family members in Denver about ABA-related concerns and answer their questions. To get more information on our services or speak to someone about your concerns, please contact our office.