Therapy for a child with an autism spectrum disorder requires strong relationships. It’s crucial that the therapist interacts well with the child but also with the parent. An applied behavior analysis program is a collaboration between all parties, and parent involvement is essential. Part of the role parents will play in behavior analysis is to support the relationship between the therapist and the child. What are some things parents can do to help? Find out by calling EMIT Therapeutics today at 844.983.0240.
What Is an Autism Behavior Analyst?
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a standard part of the treatment plan for children with autism. This form of therapy helps define certain behaviors then determine the effect they have on the environment.
ABA consists of many techniques, but the goal is always the same: understanding and changing behaviors. For that to work, the treatments that prove effective in therapy need to continue in other places like school and home. That’s one reason parents are typically involved in the process.
How Does an Autism Behavior Analyst Work?
ABA is not a one-size-fits-all plan because autism is such a diverse disorder. The behavior analysis provides an understanding of both negative and positive behaviors. The analyst will work to understand what might trigger these behaviors and the consequences. Consequences can be positive reinforcement or no reaction.
The next step is to work with caregivers and parents to initiate ABA outside the therapy session. A good applied behavior analysis program is written based on the patient’s needs and has full support outside of therapy.
How Can Parents Help an Autism Behavior Analyst?
The relationship between the therapist and the patient is critical. Parents need to find ways to support that relationship.
The first step might be to ask the therapist what they should do to foster that relationship. The therapist running the autism treatment program might have some ideas.
Parents can also ensure they follow the care plan at home. They should watch for the behaviors identified in the applied behavior analysis program. They can write down what happened immediately before the behavior, then follow it with the consequence the therapist has established.
Parents should be actively involved in the treatment program. That allows them to monitor the progress and determine if the therapist has a good relationship with their child. If not, it might be necessary to make a change.
Choose EMIT Therapeutics
EMIT Therapeutics believes that applied behavior analysis is critical in the treatment of autism. Our staff of analysts has the training necessary to form a bond with a child. We also know how to work with parents and caregivers to get the best outcome.
Our team offers a variety of treatment options that include:
- Applied behavior analysis
- Autism telehealth treatment
- Early intervention program
The children we treat may range from ages 1.5 to 18 years old. The early intervention program provides a significant advantage to preschool children that might have autism. Treatment can start as soon as parents see signs of autism. During these early years, the brain is most able to adapt to changes.
Our team offers both telehealth or treatment sessions in the home. There is no reason to bring your child into a stuffy office. Instead, they undergo their therapy in a supportive environment that they know.
There is no single approach in the treatment of autism. It typically involves multiple therapies. Our autism behavior analysts will work with parents to create an individualized care plan for their child. That partnership offers the best hope for children with an autism spectrum disorder to develop life skills and better socialization and communication.