Autism is one of the most commonly known disabilities, and is unfortunately becoming more prevalent in special education classrooms. Many kids who are diagnosed with autism receive home services in addition to preschool. Often, ABA therapy is a service kids with autism receive. ABA therapy, also known as Behavioral Therapy utilizes procedures derived from the principles of behavior in order to systematically improve behaviors. Used in conjunction with ABA therapy is Discrete Trial Training (DTT). DTT is a teaching technique used to develop many skills, including cognitive, communication, play, social and self-help skills. The teaching strategy involves breaking skills into the smallest steps and teaching each step of the skill intensively until it is considered "mastered".
Kids receiving ABA therapy usually see their therapist between 4 and 25 hours a week, depending on their age and severity of the diagnosis. When they are not doing therapy, these kids are at home or school like any other child.
Many of the skills focused on during ABA therapy can be done with parents or teachers as well. Below are some online resources that include online games for kids, print outs for teachers, and educational resources for parents.