Teaching Children with Autism: An ABA Primer

Teaching Children with Autism: An ABA Primer

I have been thinking about how to teach parents how to teach their children with autism, and I have come to the conclusion that most will not be becoming skilled instructors. Given that context, I think that it is best that they not attempt to provide ABA-based instruction until they learn how to do it properly. So, what to do? I think that they should begin by learning how to do it properly and, until they have acquired that skill to the satisfaction of someone who is skilled in ABA-based instruction, they should confine their parenting activities to caring for their children’s needs, giving prompted direction, and playing with their children. In playing with their children, they will teach their children that social interaction can be enjoyable, which is a good basis for later learnings.

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