At Evolving Minds Together, we believe that ABA therapy requires engaging your kids with activities that inspire them to continue to grow. That is why we have 8 core activities we incorporate into our every day plans. These activities are focused on improving skills that can benefit your kids for a lifetime!
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The idea of STEM integrated with ABA is to prepare our children for jobs, problem solving, finding and applying evidence, work together with other students and critical thinking skills. This blended approach encourages hands-on experience and allows the children to gain “real-word” knowledge to make better decisions.
Fun With Food
This is a fun way to introduce different types of foods and textures to encourage children to eat more nutritious foods. The most important fun factor is that the child is involved in the preparing process. Implementation of positive eating behavior such as; Encourage kids to say “no, thank you,” allowing him/her to see, smell, and touch a food many times before trying it, etc. are strongly encouraged. Fun with food gives the child a sense of control and aids in developing curiosity about food and being more willing to approach food items on their own.
Independent Living Skills
Independent Living Skills are basic skills an individual needs to do on a daily basis to live an independent life. Primarily focuses on personal hygiene, dressing and clothing care, home & community safety, financial management, self-awareness, nutrition, cooking, food & meal planning, problem-solving, community outings, shopping, organizational skills, home management, etc.
Sensory / Art
This area focuses on activities that stimulate the children's sensory skills; such as smell, touch, vision, hearing, balance proprioception and taste. These activities incorporate encouragement and exploration in the natural setting while they play, create, investigate and explore.
It’s designed to target exploratory, cause-and-effect, toy or functional, constructive, physical, pretend or simple games. This is a good opportunity to teach the child how to request help, and to play by taking turns.
Primarily focus on social communication, taking turns, 1-2 social exchanges, requesting, FCT, waiting, retrieving materials, following the leads’ direction(s) without 1-1 assistance, attending motor skills, language, etc. The child initiates, completes, and terminates the activity on their own or with prompts as needed. The length and level of the activity can vary depending on the skill level of the child.
Our center rotations include school-like activities while incorporating ABA strategies, interventions and procedures. Centers include table task, circle time, pre-writing/writing, art, sensory, play, pretend play, cooking, discrete trial training (DTT) and naturalistic environment training (NET).
Language centers used to build vocabulary, communication skills, receptive language, receptive vocabulary, receptive feature, function, or class. Otherwise, focuses on requests (mands), labels and comments (tacts), grammar/syntax (autoclitics) and/or answering questions/conversations (intraverbals).
Some children struggle with problem behaviors, difficulty with group instruction, child is not toilet trained, social skill impairments, or functioning appropriately in the least restrictive environment during the school day. ABA therapy can work on increasing motivation by implementing a reinforcement system, increasing focus, teaching new skills to replace behaviors, increasing functional communication, following group instructions and many more.