In recognition of Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month, our staff have reflected on their experience working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and wrote some stories to share with you! These stories will focus on our client’s milestones as well as invaluable lessons that our clients have taught us as people.
No matter how big or how small, all of our client’s milestones are worth celebrating. However, someone unfamiliar with autism spectrum disorder may not recognize a success when they see it. Therefore, we would like to tell some stories to help bring awareness to ASD, how ABA can help, and what we define as a milestone for a child or young adult receiving our services. For example, to the average person, a simple word utterance may be overlooked. To a family of a non-verbal child, it’s one of the happiest days of their lives.
We learn from our clients just as much as they learn from us. As an ABA provider, we could talk endlessly about the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis in working with children with autism. Instead, we would like to take some time to talk with you about the many gifts our clients give us every day. A few things you can expect to hear include “patience, the ability to not take life too seriously, to laugh more, flexibility, and understanding.”
Education supports awareness and awareness supports acceptance. We hope by sharing these stories, we will support greater understanding of autism spectrum disorder and ultimately greater respect for the wonderful people we have the privilege of working with each day.
Enjoy the series!
The staff at Behavioral Concepts