How to prepare for your first ABA session

The first sessions can be the most difficult. You’re not only learning how to run an ABA therapy session, but you’re also getting to know your learners and their families.

 Talk with a BCBA

To make this process easier, talk with a BCBA. They will help you decide what programs you’ll be running, what goals you should focus on, and what tasks you should choose for each session. In addition, they can provide you with other resources that may be helpful for your first session. Finally, make sure you have a good relationship with the families. They are your primary source of information about their child, so it’s essential that they feel comfortable talking with you.

Pairing is super important

Have fun! If you enjoy what you’re doing and make learning enjoyable for the learner, it will be easier for them to learn new skills. Also, remember the goal of your first session is not to get a lot of data. You don’t need to run a complete program to see if it works. Instead, focus on running one or two tasks that will give you an idea of what types of behaviors your learners exhibit and how they respond when presented with different stimuli.

Plan Plan Plan

Finally, Plan Plan Plan! Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Ask them for clarification if you need help understanding what the parent/guardian is saying. Preparation is the Key to success; once you learn your learner, you can plan for future mishaps or accomplishments.Remember, like raising children; ABA takes a village, so utilize your team! At The SEED Center, we provide in-depth, hands-on training for all Behavior Technicians and Registered Behavior Technicians; we believe in continuity of care, as well as family involvement!