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Brightwork ABA Therapy
Before beginning what may "look" like therapy, we will take the time to get to know you and your child. It is very important that we take this time to build our relationship, as all successes will flow from your child's positive relationship with his or her therapist.
Phase 1 is considered a time of getting to know your child's particular strengths, triggers, anxieties, joys, and general patterns of behavior. We will do this through natural exploration and also through ongoing discussion with you. If your child is in crisis (health-wise, or due to communication challenges, overwhelm, or negative past experiences), we will immediately work to reduce all provoking situations to come to a stable, balanced state. Depending on your particular situation, this could take anywhere from just a few days to a few months. We will discuss. If your child is in health crisis that affect his or her behavior, we will work with your child's specialists and assist with basic coordination of care in the home, since often, after the appointments are over at the doctor's office, there are behavioral challenges and/or protocols that parents and caretakers can use assistance in managing from a behavioral approach.
Once crisis and major anxieties or trouble spots are relieved, your child's mind may be free to learn many skills, both fun and practical! Therefore, as the friendship and trust develop, we will move into setting what we call "socially significant" goals for your child's achievement. This means that we will make all attempts to create goals that are relevant to his or her learning of important life skills that will serve to improve not only his or her functioning in the family and "world", but that also increase his or her enjoyment in life.
As therapy progresses, it will be helpful for you as a parent to be open to collaborating with your therapy team in regards to the best transition to therapy from other activities during the week, including how best to work in snack time and play breaks. Another activity that may be important to consider before the start of sessions is media time -- depending on your child's personality, you may need to help ensure a smooth transition to therapy time by shutting down media at least 30 min, prior to our visit, so that your child does not associate visits with removal of this potentially favorite activity. Alternatively, if you find this difficult to do, the therapist can help facilitate transitions away from media or preferred activities by first watching with or playing with your child for awhile before beginning other activities. If your child finds media especially enjoyable, we can work a few minutes of his or her favorite shows during break time or in between goals. Again, these are all small details that can be discussed on a case by case basis.
Any concerns about how sessions will begin, or will be run, can be discussed openly with us at any time! We will work together to determine the right schedule and flow for your child. Expect multiple check-ins with your BCBA, by phone and in person.
Phase 3 is the continuation and adjusting of goals in progress. Once in Phase 3, you will feel in the rhythm of the process, and be progressing through various learning goals with your child. Most likely at this stage we will be celebrating achievements and creating your first 6 mos. progress report, and deciding on plans for your child's ongoing learning and development through the next 6 mos. and beyond.