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. With ABA therapy, it is teaching children to learn and think and helps in fostering positive behavior without punishing them for their negative behavior. The thing is, after parents perform their studies and assessment with ABA therapy, many of them are actually turned off with its approach.
This is because they thought their kids are being taught to act like robots and imitate their movements or words. What parents have to understand however is, in treating autism, it undergoes a process and these robotic responses are actually critical in helping a child think independently and critically. One way of having better understanding of how ABA works is by a regular individual trying to learn a foreign language.
Before learning how to correctly use grammatical structure and putting sentences altogether, you first have to spend time to repeat 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’s translate it to ABA to which it is fairly similar when studying new language. Constant repetition of commands and words and understand its meaning step by step is crucial to the brain development of an autistic child. This is what would help them to think critically, independently and at the same time, understand broader concepts. While words for sky and water might be repeatable, it takes understanding of both of to know the concept of raining.
As for kids with autism spectrum disorder, having this level of understanding will come from practicing repetition and then, time will come when they’re going to understand it. 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 created to assist children to reach their full potential of learning as well as functioning both in the society and classroom. With intensive ABA therapy, there are so many children who were able to develop a normal or at least near normal cognitive functioning. There have been a number of children who got better with this. At the end of the day, ABA is not all about repetition, it is helping kids grasp basic commands, concepts and language.