How Occupational Therapy Changed My Son’s Life…
…And taught me how to better parent a child with special needs. Here are four carefully and thoughtfully designed occupational therapy home supports that helped my child improve his attention, behavior, gross motor skills, and anxiety — all symptoms of ADHD, OCD, and Sensory Processing Disorder that impacted our daily life.
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The therapy described in this article is actually Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I am a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) with a graduate degree in ABA. ABA is recognized as the most effective teaching approach to use for children on the Autism Spectrum. That being said, ABA is an effective approach to teaching anyone, anything, using a behavior focused approach. Adjusting the environment, teaching skills in a logical, step by step manner, helping parents learn how to work at home with their child, are some of the ways BCBAs and others in the ABA field implement our interventions to help people learn and change behavior (learn appropriate, effective behavior to access their environment instead of using inappropriate behavior). More and more professionals in various therapies are recognizing ABA as an effective and reasonable approach to support making changes that use positive reinforcement to change behavior.
How did you find the occupational therapist that could bring these growth areas to your family?
Bless you for sharing your story. Tears came to my eyes as you explained your challenges and opportunities in this journey to bring the best possible life to your child!