Bringing Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy (ABA Therapy) Into Your Home


At Beautiful Minds Center for Autism we specialize in creating individualized programs for children who have been diagnosed with autism. Our therapists work with your child at school and the community; they also spend a lot of time practice autism therapy at home. They make an effort to work with items found around your house, as well as your child’s favorite toys and encourage each member of the family  to implement the ABA Therapy techniques outside of scheduled therapy sessions.

Along with the techniques you learn from our skilled Los Angeles based behavioral therapists, here are some ways you can make ABA Therapy at home fun for the whole family.

Although it is good to keep track of your child’s behavior and report it back to the therapist at each session, you can practice certain techniques without keeping score or collecting data.

Some of these techniques are

1. Eye Contact – When you talk to your child with autism and you notice them start to gaze off, it is best to stop and direct their attention back to you. Say things like “Look at my eyes” or “Look at me” and repeat this until you have their full attention before moving on with your question or conversation.  If they have a hard time looking at you for up to five seconds, you might want to find something more attention grabbing like bubbles or silly face masks.
2. Flashcards – there are many sites that sell flashcards, find the ones that work best for your child and purchase them. If your child loves cars, then use flashcards with cars to learn colors. Turn it into a game by asking your child to pick out all the blue cars, or all the red cars etc.
3. Emotions – If you have a child that struggles with regulating their emotions, find or make cards with clearly pictured faces (smiling, crying, laughing etc).  When watching a movie, video or TV show, have your child with autism hold up the card that best represents the emotions a character is expressing on the screen.
4. Following Instructions – When teaching your child things like getting dressed, brushing teeth, making breakfast, etc(basically anything that combines a sequence of events) it itbest to make visual guides and place them in a clearly defined area for your child on the spectrum to see. Put one on the bathroom mirror, on your fridge, in their bedroom etc. and work with your child on the steps need to complete these activities.

There are many other ways to practice Applied BehavioralAnalysis (ABA Therapy) at home. Make sure to talk to your child’s behavioral therapists regularly to see what will work best with the programs that they currently have in place.

We encourage you and your child give ABA therapy 100% of your time and focus. You will be so glad you did once you see your child start to thrive at school, in their community and within your home.

If you or someone you know is looking to learn more about ABA Therapy/Behavioral Therapy and Early Intervention, our team at Beautiful Minds Center is happy to answer any questions you may have. Please give our office a call at 310-247-8712 and they will connect you to one of our clinical directors.