Turning Point Education Services promotes ABA services in homes, schools, and in the community. When ABA is taught and applied in the child’s natural environment, behavior change is more often naturally occurring as opposed to contrived. Behavior analysts and behavior techs strive to provide services in which children learn in as natural way as possible. ABA incorporates the child’s environment to teach and facilitate appropriate behaviors when triggers or barriers naturally occur. This will allow the child and parents to learn coping skills and different strategies to effectively maintain appropriate behavior.
At first, ABA may look and feel unnatural. This is because caregivers are implementing behavioral strategies that may be new and unfamiliar to them. Learning and applying ABA principles and strategies takes time and practice before it feels natural. Many times, caregivers are learning a different way to effectively communicate with their child (i.e., visuals, PECS, proactive language) and it can feel uncomfortable in the beginning. However, once the procedures are established and integrated in daily life, the old way of reacting, disciplining, or communicating seems unnatural.
When learning a new skill, such as riding a bike, it feels far from natural. At first, you use training wheels or a guide to help steady you. Then, you try to ride on your own and are very wobbly, even crashing a few times. It takes much concentration and effort just to turn the pedals in a steady fashion. Once you practice riding a bike, you are able to move quickly, without even thinking about it. The same principles of learning to ride a bike apply to ABA. ABA takes much time, dedication, and practice to be successful. It may even feel uncomfortable or unnatural at times, but that is only temporary. ABA changes lives and can open up opportunities to you and your child that you never thought were possible.