Applied Behavior Analysis or just ABA has been the leading option for years among professionals in helping children with autism spectrum disorder to be treated. The beauty with ABA therapy is that, it teaches children to learn and to think and at the same time, to foster good behavior. When doing initial assessments and studies about ABA therapy, there are numerous parents who are turned off by this idea.
It is because that, they thought that their kids are taught to have robot-like imitations of movements or words. However, what parents should understand is that, there is a process in treating autism and what these robotic responses they see are crucial to help a child think independently and critically. Putting a normal person to learn a new language is one way to have better understanding of ABA principles.
Before you start to learn how to use grammatical structure and put sentences together, you should spend big amount of your time in repeating new words. Well at first, your intonations are more than having robotic repetitions but as you devote your energy and time to learn these words as well as their meanings, you’ll gradually understand the language, develop the ability to use the words and make sentences as well as paragraphs with it.
Now let us put that analogy to ABA, which has almost the same concept when studying a new language. To the brain of an autistic child, constantly repeating commands and words as well are crucial for it practices their mind to understand its meanings. This is what would help them to think critically, independently and at the same time, understand broader concepts. As the words for sky and water too are repeatable, it will take understanding of both prior to knowing the concept of raining.
For kids who have autism spectrum disorder, this level of understanding first come from practicing repetition until the time comes when the basic principles are understood. It’s a fact that there are a lot of parents who are conscious with the teaching methods for ABA but if you’d ask those who’ve experienced and saw it, you’ll realize why it is important.
ABA is designed to help children reach their fullest potential both in the society and classroom. There are many children who develop normal or near normal cognitive function through intensive ABA therapy. For so many times, the results have proved its effectiveness and numbers don’t lie. After all, ABA therapy is focused on assisting kids understand basic commands, concepts and language.