Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Moving ABA to a Center

Everyone involved with teaching Dylan knows that he needs more time spent interacting with other children and time outside of the house. Being a mother of 3 children, my philosophy has always been not to treat one better than the other. Being honest my philosophy never worked and as horrible as that might sound it's true.

The fact of the matter is that Dylan needs more intervention than my other children. More attention is needed for him to become more typical. Which after all is the goal of special needs schooling and ABA therapy. Doing ABA in-home has been somewhat effective but it does have its own drawbacks as well. The ABA workers do not have a blank canvas to work with. There are so many distractions that happen in-home that are unnoticeable to the naked eye. Things that go unnoticed to us are completely noticeable to them and your kid as they work. For example, Dylan loves his window, he loves looking out of it and jumping in front of it as he watches the world outside. To me, that doesn't seem like much of a problem, he really enjoys it and  what mother doesn't want their child to be happy, right? Well, when doing ABA that window becomes a problem if a fit starts because he sees the window and wants to stop working to go look out of it.

There is a ton more distractions that happen, so we decided it is best for Dylan to start going to a center to receive his ABA services. The decision was hard for me, because like any other mother its hard to let go. This will mean that Dylan will be out of the house pretty much all day and for the first time ever. I really believe this was the best decision for him. Still a really hard adjustment is ahead for both me and Dylan.

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