SLP + ABA = !!!

Kathys-day-of-revelation-with-lightbulb-300x300Ever had a day¬†when everything seemed crystal clear? Well, Kathy just had one. The trigger? Realizing how helpful ABA (applied behavior analysis) knowledge is to her work. Especially when layered onto her speech- language background. Since Kathy takes Me almost everywhere during her school day, here’s a report:

 

The essence of an SLP is establishing human connections through conversation. Giving teenage students words is powerful for them in the real world. One of Kathy’s most impacted students is a favorite, because of his amazing responses to learning words. Having more of a voice has resulted in seemingly unrelated behavior improvements. She pushes him, and all of her students, to work hard, but knows when to celebrate small successes. They respond well to these behavior principles.

 

Writing meaningful, functional goals is extremely important. This leads to maximizing what they can do. As does collaborating with teachers, aides, and other therapists to run lessons together. Teaching students to see the world using varied stimulus types helps to break rigid ways of thinking and rote responding.

 

What a day! Thanks, Kathy, for letting Me eavesdrop. Maybe sharing these thoughts will help others. That would make both of our days.