As many of my regular readers already know, my daughter is autistic and pretty much non-verbal. After sitting on a waiting list for nearly a year, M started ABA therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis) set-up in the spring. Due to staffing changes, as well as, a change to her plan, the actual therapy sessions didn’t start until this Monday. This week she is only getting her 3 hour afternoon sessions. Next week, morning sessions should be staffed for her.
Although the ABA therapy is pretty intensive, M is handling it better than I expected, even often staying at the table during her breaks. She seems to enjoy all that extra focused attention, but gets frustrated with having demands placed on her.
The first day, included a little training of the therapist, by the clinician, but was mostly teaching. Yesterday was pretty much a regular ABA session. While working on colors with her therapist, M was repeatedly asked to “give red”, and hand her the appropriate colored card. Unexpectedly, M blurted out the word “red”, as clear as day. This is a word she has never said before. As the three hour session was nearly at an end, M announced “done”. It seems she had had enough at that point.
In just 6 hours of therapy, we have seen some great results. I am very hopeful that with the nearly 30 hours per week she will be doing, she will really blossom.