This blog is so important for parents if your school district takes away your child’s ABA or Speech & Language services. If your school district takes away your child’s ABA or Speech at the transfer or Annual Review please call me immediately at 631-276-3027. You need to call me before the end of June so I may file the paper work so the services continue for at least two more years. Parents and child have rights. NYSED gave the parents’ rights and please call me if your School or District took away services. If you want the services restored we must file the paper work before the end of June 2014. Districts take away ABA for many reasons. Many schools tell parents that we don’t offer ABA. Districts tell parents to pay for it privately. Many parents can’t afford $125 dollars per session for ABA and Speech privately. District tell parents your child doesn’t need it anymore without an FBA or BIP to justify removing the service. ABA is important for students who have a difficult time with transition, appropriate play, receptive and expressive language, eye contact and following directions. Don’t forget ABA also is important to focus on pragmatic language and social skills. Many students have a difficult time with peer relationships, social interaction and staying on topic including social cues. Students need the carryover skills from school to home and then back to school. Home Based ABA should be every day after school to the skills are retained day after day. The home based ABA provider and the special education teacher should collaborate at least once a week to discuss the IEP goals and the appropriate skills. ABA techniques can produce improvements in communication, social relationships, play, self-care, school and employment. These studies involved age groups ranging from preschoolers to adults. Results for all age groups showed that ABA increased participation in family and community activities. A number of peer-reviewed studies have examined the potential benefits of combining multiple ABA techniques into comprehensive, individualized and intensive early intervention programs for children with autism. “Comprehensive” refers to interventions that address a full range of life skills, from communication and sociability to self-care and readiness for school. “Early intervention” refers to programs designed to begin before age 4. “Intensive” refers to programs that total 25 to 40 hours per week for 1 to 3 years. These programs allow children to learn and practice skills in both structured and unstructured situations. The “intensity” of these programs may be particularly important to replicate the thousands of interactions that typical toddlers experience each day while interacting with their parents and peers. Such studies have demonstrated that many children with autism experience significant improvements in learning, reasoning, communication and adaptability when they participate in high-quality ABA programs. Some preschoolers who participate in early intensive ABA for two or more years acquire sufficient skills to participate in regular classrooms with little or no additional support. Other children learn many important skills, but still need additional educational support to succeed in a classroom. Competently delivered ABA intervention can help learners with autism make meaningful changes in many areas. However, changes do not typically occur quickly. Rather, most learners require intensive and ongoing instruction that builds on their step-by-step progress. Moreover, the rate of progress – like the goals of intervention – varies considerably from person to person depending on age, level of functioning, family goals and other factors. Some learners do acquire skills quickly. But typically, this rapid progress happens in just one or two particular skill areas such as reading, while much more instruction and practice is needed to master another skill area such as interacting with peers. My own son has difficulty with all areas of language especially with pragmatic language. Picking up social cues is difficult including jokes. Please send me an email or call me to discuss home based services especially if the district discontinued the services.