High Expectations

Happy New Year everyone!

Back to school in January is a busy time for all.  Getting back in to the routine after the holidays is always tough, for adults and kids! 

The new year is often a time to update targets for a learner, new term, new targets and all that. When setting goals, it’s important to to have high expectations. This doesn’t mean setting goals well above the level of the learner, after all, a key principle of ABA is setting small achievable targets. High expectations are individual to each learner, but it can be expecting them to eat with a knife and fork during meal times, or showering independently, pushing the development of vocalisations, and many other worthy goals, and not juts settling for an non-disruptive student (who may not actually be learning much). It’s continuing to persist with a goal, that may be a particularly difficult area for your learner, but striving to individualise the teaching, and finding better ways to teach it. This isn’t always easy!

When I first started as an ABA therapist, I was always encouraged to use every part of the day as a potential teaching opportunity (queuing for lunch, getting cutlery, washing hands after the toilet, social interactions at break and so on). It can be hard work to do this, and days can be full on, but it’s so worth it. 

Here’s a little video of me rambling on about this at a school training day.

 

So there you go, have high expectations, use every moment of the day, and smash it.

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2 thoughts on “High Expectations

  1. Sarah says:

    James you have changed our lives! My son started ABA with you at 3.5 and he was hardly saying a word and classes as severely autistic.. On a program of 10/11 hours, you managed to work with us and transform our son with an amazing program. He is 5 now and is fully verbal, has moved from a unit to a mainstream school with support, and is academically where he should be (more or less). We are so happy, you are arguably the most caring supervisor we could have wished for. You supported us whole heartedly through thick and thin.. THANK YOU!!!!!

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