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       Rethink Autism Reader: Too Old for ABA?

Rethink Autism Reader: Too Old for ABA?

Can you be too old for ABA? It’s universally acknowledged that younger brains have more elasticity and receptivity to learning new patterns, so they will likely experience faster results. It is also true that the older the child, the more entrenched their problematic behaviors.

That said, we should look at the main tenets of ABA to determine whether any child can truly be too old.
  • Skills are broken down into a series of manageable steps that are easier to learn
  • Students are provided multiple opportunities to practice and perfect each step of the skill
  • Success is rewarded with positive reinforcement, maintaining high motivation for improvement
  • Goals are targeted to meet the needs of the individual learner
  • Teachers track progress through systematic collection and evaluation of data
  • Skills are taught with an eye toward their use and integration into a learner’s daily life
(For more info, see our ABA Page) There is clearly nothing intrinsically “young” about this teaching strategy.

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