My daughter was DXed at age 4. Started in ABA at age 6 but stopped due to moving and starting again. She's 12 and I think she's been in ABA for 6 years. She has 15 hours/week of ABA and 6 hours on Saturday for social groups.
Progress is slow but steady. Some may be natural development but she won't do much productive without ABA. They take a lot of breaks so she is not overwhelmed. Without ABA she'd just look at my phone or watch crap on Youtube in her free time.
@A MyAutismTeam Member How do you determine if the ABA company is good. I see your also in the bay area. My daughter is 5 and we just started ABA 6 months ago. She is doing 13 hours a week. Our company doesn’t have any social groups. I would love her to do group sessions since she is very verbal but does struggle with back and fourth conversations.
If you have a good ABA company it can carry on for a long time. Our company actually has an ABA program to teach kids how to drive. We started intensive ABA when my son was 25 months olds. He is now 11.5 years old and does 1 hour of ABA a week in a social group working on social dialogue, body language, carry a long conversation etc. we will likely be done with ABA later this year.
It takes time, but it depends on your child. My son couldn’t communicate very well back then, so he had to learn PECS at first. Then he used an AAC device in the first grade but lost interest by 4th grade and totally refused it during middle school. Looking back, I would say it took my son a couple of years for him to totally get it. In fact he was in the middle of an after school ABA session the first time he used the toilet here at home. We used PECS.
Is your child nonverbal? I recommend PECS if you haven’t started already.
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