Jonah’s ABA

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)


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

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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