In-Home ABA Therapy for Children with ASDs
Different autism spectrum disorder patients need different treatments. Applied behavior analysis therapy is a leading mode of treatment for children with ASDs in part because it addresses this unique challenge.
Nearly any aspect of ABA therapy can be changed to suit the individual needs of a child and the goals of the parents. One of the most common changes is pursuing in-home ABA therapy as opposed to or in addition to sessions at an office, classroom or a treatment center. Please read on for a brief discussion of this option.
Benefits of Home-Based Treatment for the Child
Supplementing treatment-center sessions, or even replacing them in some situations, may be the best course of action for children. There is evidence that home-based treatments help to further strengthen performance in several areas:
- Gestural and verbal communication
- Behavior during play sessions
- Intelligence benchmark testing
One of the goals of almost any behavioral or cognitive therapy is increasing an individual’s ability to make positive choices within a community. The home setting is one of the first places children learn how they should interact with other people. Bringing ABA treatment into this formative environment could be the foundation for lifelong retention of positive behavior in some cases.
Benefits of Home-Based Treatment for the Parents
Treatment at home could also have benefits for caregivers. One of the most important: It would give parents a lower pressure, lower stress environment. Parent-focused treatment options are also available as an alternative or supplement to care administered by a certified professional. This allows for a more active role in a child’s development while still offering the benefits of technical analysis from program coordinators and advice from licensed therapists.
Is Home Treatment Better for ABA Therapy?
With guidance, ABA practices should be just as effective in home settings as in clinical ones. It is more of a question of what each child requires — the treatment should fit the case. In fact, the behaviors reinforced during sessions at a treatment center should make their way to the home as soon as possible. In-home treatments are sometimes the nudge children need to contextualize the experiences and make the important generalizations that help them as they continue their developmental improvements.
How Do You Start Home Treatment for ASDs?
Most families aspire to use ABA treatment to create a calm, positive home environment. In-home programs address this goal on-site while complementing or replacing clinical sessions. Our licensed therapists can recommend a customized course of treatment based on your situation and the special needs of your child. Please call at 1-866-342-8847 to make an initial appointment today.