Therapy At Home
Even with a promising procedure and complete tools, there are still a lot of parents that hesitate to put their children with autism in specialized facilities with specialized psychologists and professional doctors. Perhaps, you are also wondering if the in-house treatment programs are possible. The answer for that is a definite yes.
Doctors and psychologists agree that home treatment programs enhance the learning and behavior of young patients because they live in a familiar and comfortable environment during the program. Doctors deem this type of atmosphere safe and non-threatening for children with autism, making way for its effectiveness.
How Does Home Therapy Work?
The most common form of treatment is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) approach. It can be done in special facilities for children with autism and even with the whole family residence of the patient. Intensive programs based on this type of approach can also be facilitated at the patient’s residence with a licensed psychologist or can even be a DIY treatment by the parents and other family members. If the latter is chosen, parents can still meet with the psychologist and an ABA analyst from time to time to monitor and discuss the patient’s progress.
ABA approach is known as a scientific technique to understand the behavior and teach children the proper way of doing things through observation, reinforcement, and prompting. This approach teaches young patients desirable behavior and interaction, especially targeting to increase their social skills and verbal behavior. Moreover, this treatment doesn’t require any expensive tools.
One example of an activity employing the ABA approach is the color-matching of toys. You can teach your child about colors by using his/her toys then making him/her match the next colors without making learning boring and dull.
Home Therapy Activities – ABA Approach
A common type of restorative activity that employs the ABA approach is Play Therapy. From the name itself, this involves interaction between parent and child in a fun and comfortable way. It can also be in a directive and non-directive way. Parents (or psychologists) are more of an observer in non-directive while they are more of an authority figure in directive approach.
The use of flashcards is also a usual treatment technique to teach children with this disorder. Parents can practice their kids’ recognition and memorization skills by showing some cards with printed pictures of emotions (for emotion-recognition skills) and pictures of everyday household things (have them copy your demonstration too). Parents should praise and reward their children for good behavior exhibited and for every task successfully done.
Home-based treatments and activities have been shown to be effective not just for young patients’ social and cognitive skills but also for aiding parental stress and depression about their child’s situation.
Home therapy is deemed as the best technique to hone children before entering an inclusive classroom and special educational institutions. Furthermore, this approach continues to receive a lot of satisfaction from parents as they can see the progress and significant effects on the well-being of children.