Jonah’s ABA Therapy

Hey there! This is my attempt to document our experience to give you an idea of what ABA is like for us each week so you can see how we are doing (progress or not).

If you are unfamiliar with ABA, here is a 3-part introduction:

  • In this post, we looked the technical points of ABA: what it is, what it looks like and how it works.
  • In this post, we took a close look at the opposition to ABA and what possible harm can come from it.
  • In this post we took a “critical, analytical” look at “ABA” to see if it was right for us.

After getting input from both parents and autistics, and after careful consideration, we decided we would try ABA (being vary wary of the therapists and the therapy itself).

To help you decide if it is right for you, I have decided to record a synopsis of our experiences each week.

Every Saturday I will upload our progress for the week. It is quite an undertaking for me, so we will see how long that lasts.

Hopefully this is helpful for you to be able to know what ABA is like (at least for us)

Enjoy!

**Note, these have been previously recorded (roughly 2 months ago) to allow time for editing and … because life.

Week 11

So this week Jojo’s big thing was learning to COUNT! It is one thing to know the numerical pattern (“1, 2, 3, 4… etc), but to actually understand the concept of the 1:1 correlation is HUGE you guys! He not only can count “how many” of something he has, he can fill in the next numbers in ...

Week 10

This marks week 10 of Jonah’s ABA therapy. This week we worked on naming body parts, imitating action words, matching, and reviewed colors, numbers, letters and shapes! The biggest breakthrough this week was Jonah figuring out the word “space” and using that as a request instead of screaming when he wants more room.   We have finally established ...

Week 9

  Jonah discovered a TV show he likes called ‘Super Simple Songs.’ He will sing along with it and imitate the motions. During session, we will put on the show. Then the therapist will pause the show to work on different things. Then, the show will resume and Jonah gets some space.   This week, Jonah learned how to ...

Week 8

So we had a shortened week this week and only had a couple sessions. This was the week of daylight savings time so Jonah’s stamina was VERY low. His circadian clock was telling him that the therapist was supposed to be leaving an hour earlier than he actually left. And I give a lot of credit to ...

Week 7

So in the video, I said we were in “Week 8,” but I was obviously coffee-deprived and we are actually in “Week 7.” I’m afraid my week numbering will be off for the rest of the series and I will just have to edit it out. Honestly, I am writing this a few months after this ...

Week 6

So we are through week 6. I should say, “I’ve finished EDITING week 6” because we are probably more like in week 15 or 16. When I started, I had envisioned updating this every week. I should have known better.   The holidays got in the way this time. I still have plenty of weeks left to edit, but seeing ...

Week 5

So we are 5 weeks into ABA and still we are seeing progress. He is naming colors constantly. He can identify colors of different objects if he understands what they are asking for. He is still learning what the word “color” actually means, though he understands the concept already. He is starting to name parts of words ...

Week 4

Introduction: ABA is one of the most recommended therapies in the United States for those with autism. But there is a lot of controversy in the autism community surrounding it. Some see it as extremely harmful compliance training. Others have had a fantastic experience. If you are unfamiliar with it, I broke down ABA in an extensive ...

Week 3

This is week 3 of ABA and let me tell you, Jonah has made some tremendous progress. More than I’ve ever seen. You can watch the video to see, but here is what is highlighted. Jonah is completely at ease with our therapist. They have established a good rapport so Jonah allows the therapist to stay and ...

Week 2

So this week, Jonah started working on “turn taking” as well as reinforcing vocalized requests that he already knows like “please” and “turn” when he wants something (instead of just taking it). At the time this was filmed, Jonah was not great at indicating he wanted something, other than just “taking it.” The therapist is getting ...

Week 1

I didn’t record any of the actual sessions this week because I didn’t have permission yet (I recorded some of the following weeks), Week one was almost exclusively rapport-building between the therapist and Jonah. We have in-home 1:1 therapy so the therapist just followed Jonah around and watched him play. At times, he would try to ...

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