We’re going to be completely honest. These activities won’t only help support ABA therapy but will also help any household with children run a lot smoother! Below are two helpful things you can implement in your home to make your day run that much easier.
Remember that our goal is to help our little ones master essential self-care procedures. One way to do this is to create visual examples of each expected task and post them somewhere accessible for your child to see.
For example, if you’re working on getting your little one to wash their hands. Take a picture of your kiddo doing each step. This means you may have a picture of your child:
- Turning on the water
- Squirting a specific amount of soap on their hands
- Rubbing their hands together to the count of 60 or as long as it takes them to sing their ABCs
- Rinsing off all the bubbles
- Drying hands and shutting off the water using a towel.
Try not to have more than five photos; remember, we don’t want to make this an overwhelming process. We want to make it easy, fun, and stress-free. It’s a win-win situation because your child knows exactly what the expectations are, and parents can simply point to each step instead of feeling like an overworked broken record.
Visual Calendar Or Daily Lists
Another helpful tool, especially for transitions throughout the day, is a visual calendar or daily list of activities. Take the anxious guesswork out of your child’s day by creating a calendar with pictures of the items below to help your little one understand what to expect and prepare for the upcoming day.
- Their school,
- Their home
- An after-school snack, etc
This daily plan doesn’t have to be as detailed as adding pictures. You could simply write out a quick list of your child’s daily routine or plans and have them cross off each item as they are completed. For example, you might jot down, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to school, have a snack, do homework, play, eat dinner, take a bath, read a story, and go to bed. Remember to post the list somewhere your child will be able to see easily.
These are just a couple of ideas to help support all your sweet child’s hard work in ABA Therapy. If you’re curious about other ways you can help at home, be sure to reach out to one of our excellent BCBAs. We are a team and here to help your child succeed and live up to their greatest potential.