Individuals with ASD would usually learn things in a particular order. A typically developing child might be able to anticipate enough to be able to skip steps. This is why it is of utmost importance to address any missing skills in an ABA program.
Some parents and professionals are concerned that ABA results in robotic behaviour. The apprehension exists because during the actual teaching of the skill, the response is automatic and certainly does not look natural. Due to learning difficulties, certain elements that are present in all learning must be greatly exaggerated. With proper teaching and follow-through, the generalization of the responses and behaviour become far more natural over time.
The purpose of an ABA program is not entirely to teach your child individual skills, but to teach him or her how to learn. In a successful program, your child’s brain changes, and he or she learns to learn in the style of his or her typically developing peers. As teaching progresses, the learning becomes more natural.
Whether you decide on home programming run by yourself, receive funding through the Ontario IBI Program for Preschoolers, or use a private ABA provider, you need the following: