what is an iep meeting and what's aba therapy exactly?
My son is in public school and I attended a IEP meeting it was about him and goals the school has to achieve with and for him. Something that the county requires from the school
Although ABA does not work for every autistic child, it works for a higher percentage than any other therapy.
There are a couple of things that we have learned from our own experience. (Your mileage may vary). First, start early. Research has shown that earlier ABA tends to produce better results than when you wait.
Second, don't leave it all to the experts. Read up on the techniques, and ask each therapist what you can do to incorporate ABA into everything you do. Research has shown that 20 hours a week of ABA is better than 10, and 40 is better than 20. The only way to afford this level of intensive therapy is to do a lot of it yourself.
If you are looking for a quick description of ABA therapy, the basic ideas are:
- Break each skill down into smaller parts.
- Give your child many multiple opportunities to succeed.
- Reinforce each success immediately. Offer better rewards for each improvement. Do not offer punishment for failure, but just ignore it for a short time.
- If a child tries but fails, offer the reward anyway, after a short delay.
- Each trial is separate. Whether you succeed or fail, try again.
- Target the goals to the individual.
- Collect and evaluate data. You will most likely need a professional for this.
- Integrate the skills he will need for daily life.
i really don't know what services there are let alone what she needs... im in desperate need of rides to dr s appts and maybe babysitters or to hit the lottery so I can afford to quit my job with insurance.... thus far the only thing that's been different is Caitlyn seeing her psychologist and trying different meds for the meltdowns and outbursts. ...i really dont know where to start truthfully....
It is important to make clear what you want for your child as in accommodations and services. A big one is during standardize testing you can make sure he gets frequent breaks so not to be overwhelmed, prompting to stay on task if he "zones out" like my son or even tested in a private area away from distractions and noise. It is not just for funding reasons (even though it is the one of the main reasons) But take advantage of this opportunity to get your son special help if he needs it because it will be legally binding and they by law will have to make those accommodations.
They will be calling you for the IEP meeting is mandatory for them to get it done if they want the money from the county for special Ed. Students. You go alone or with your husband to talk about your child behavior, likes, dislikes there will be their teachers, principal special ed teacher etc.. They will makeyou sign a bunch of papers and done. Yada yada yada that is just a requirement for public schools if they want to keep receiving county money for special ed students.
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