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Is ABA only effective for ASD?

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LadyDowagerHatt Sun 24-Apr-16 21:36:14

My 2.10 year old DD has a global developmental delay but autism has been ruled out. Her main issues are physical, concentration and focus and her speech is delayed (she only has around 20 words but does babble a lot as if she thinks she is talking). She is interested in everything around her, including other children, interacts well with family and she does some pretend play e.g. feeding her dollies. No problems with sleeping, eating or behaviour.

Would ABA be suitable for her? Is she too young developmentally for it? Or is it not really used for non-autistic children?

WellTidy Sun 24-Apr-16 22:49:44

Learning through ABA is suitable for anyone, imo. My 3yo ds2 has ASD, and we do an intensive ABA programme gif him, but I now use the principles of ABA with my 8yo completely neuro typical DS1 too.

whatamess0815 Mon 25-Apr-16 06:31:57

ABA is for anyone really. I think it is often used for ASD is for some children with autism, it can be the only effective way to learn but it is for anyone really. I use the principles also for my NT child and they work just as well.

amunt Mon 25-Apr-16 08:16:44

ABA has had a massive impact asd Ds' ability to concentrate and focus. And, as said above, I use it with NT sister as well.

zzzzz Mon 25-Apr-16 08:37:43

ABA is an approach to teaching change in behaviour. It's used for all sorts of people in industry, in therapy, for disabled and able bodied.

All it really means is analyse what is driving behaviour and to change the behaviour you change the driver. I personally think there are better things you can do with your cash than run a "program" with all the tutors and supervisors etc, but some people on the board swear by it.

Bananasinpyjamas1 Mon 25-Apr-16 12:56:47

Everyone uses it in some form or another. Every time we ask our kids to eat their greens before having a dessert, every time a school rewards children for putting their hand up, or if us as adults break a rule by speeding and getting points on our license.

I've wondered the same. My ASD child benefits from it about 50x more than anything else I've been offered or tried. But he is pretty severe, and other kids who are able to speak and function fairly well may show less of a difference. He would not be speaking functionally at all and more or less locked into himself. My older kids do struggle in different ways, and like most parents I've tried rewarding them doing their homework and setting good expectations. The only thing I'd wonder is, as the ABA as it is taught for ASD can be pretty rigid, and sitting down with star charts may not work for other or older children? But the principles might.

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